Quality | Published October 4, 2016

Mount Nittany Physician Group practices earn national recognition for patient-centered care

Mount Nittany Physician Group practices earn National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) Recognition

Mount Nittany Health recently announced that its family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics locations have received National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the healthcare system oversee each patient’s care. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“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 patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Mount Nittany Physician Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, each practice location — Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine – Green Tech Drive, Penns Valley and Mifflin County locations; Mount Nittany Physician Group Internal Medicine – Park Avenue, Bellefonte and Blue Course Drive locations; and Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics – Bellefonte and Boalsburg locations — demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

“Many people have worked long and hard to achieve this for our patients and our offices,” said Dennis Shannon, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Internal Medicine, physician champion of the PCMH project. “They should all be commended.”

“At Mount Nittany Physician Group, we felt that the Patient-Centered Medical Home process would enhance the quality and efficiency of the care we already deliver while continuing to respond to each patient’s unique needs and preferences. Our goal is to make people healthier; this process ensures that we keep that focus. We are proud of this achievement and what it means for our community,” said Anthony Cardell, MD, executive director and chief medical officer, Mount Nittany Physician Group.

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed healthcare choices.

To learn more about the Patient-Centered Medical Home approach at Mount Nittany Health, visit mountnittany.org/medicalhome.