Patient-Centered Medical Homes Recognized by NCQA

Three clinics in Oregon have met the NCQA recognition standards that assure patients receive the care when and where they need it

January 12, 2011 -- Three independent physician practices are the first in Oregon to receive National Commission for Quality Assurance Recognition as patient-centered medical homes. The clinics are Chehalem Medical Clinic in Newberg, Pacific Medical Group in Tigard and Davies Clinic, P.C. in Canby.
They are the first practices to receive qualified recognition based on national standards that require clinical and data review, and implementation of diligently coordinated care that is facilitated by care teams, registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need it.
“This NCQA designation recognizes what family practice has always been and should be,” said Dr. William Bailey of Chehalem Medical Clinic, the first NQCA recognized patient-centered medical home in Oregon. “This is what we mean by cradle-to-grave care; we coordinate for the patient because we, as family practice doctors, are trained to take care of 90 to 95 percent of people’s health concerns.”
According to NCQA, the “patient-centered medical home” is a coordinated strategy for managing a panel of patients, providing responsive care for each patient reflecting his or her preferences, providing information at the point of care, and changing the focus from care at visits to care over time. The goal of the effort is to create a model of an organized practice that improves the patient’s quality of health and care coordination in a comprehensive way.
NCQA developed these standards with input from several primary care physician groups and medical organizations such as the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.
The Portland Interhospital Physicians Association (Portland IPA) gave a grant to Chehalem Medical Clinic in 2008 to lay the groundwork for medical home recognition and for upgrading the clinic’s technology systems to more efficiently collect data and report practice standards. Following this successful pilot project, the Portland IPA has supported several other practices in Oregon, many of which are now pursuing NCQA Recognition as a patient-centered medical home.
Said Donna McClellan, executive director of the Portland IPA, which represents more than 2,500 northern Oregon primary care physicians and specialists, “The medical home recognition is an important designation to improve clinical efficiencies, patient experiences, coordination with payers, and most importantly, health outcomes.” 
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