SOMC Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This three-year recognition has been given to the SOMC Family Practices in Lucasville, Minford, Portsmouth, Sciotoville, Vanceburg, West Union and Wheelersburg, as well as SOMC Pediatric Associates.

“We are so pleased to receive this recognition,” Elizabeth Schmidt, director of SOMC Physician Services, said. “A lot of hours, dedication, and leadership went into this process and it’s rewarding to see that our hard work has paid off. We’ve been offering this type of expanded care for quite some time and it’s nice to receive national recognition for the work that we’re doing.”

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve a patient’s experience and reduce costs. Recognition is given to healthcare systems that meet NCQA’s rigorous standards, addressing patient needs by using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

“Patient-centered medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and medical care providers by creating a complete system of primary care,” Schmidt explained. “In a PCMH model, a provider ensures that all preventive, acute, and chronic healthcare needs are met by using a healthcare team to plan, coordinate, and manage aspects of a patient’s care. This team also supports the patient by teaching self-management skills and showing them how to obtain needed resources and services in the community.”

This continuum of care helps patients become better engaged in their own health behaviors and healthcare, which also helps them avoid costly complications and emergencies by focusing on prevention and managing chronic conditions.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology, and coordinated care focused on the patients,” NCQA President Margaret O’Kane said. “Recognition shows that SOMC has the tools, systems, and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

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