Third Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Site Receives High Marks from National Nonprofit Organization
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, has recognized Johns Hopkins Community Physicians’ (JHCP) Canton Crossing and the Wyman Park Internal Medicine offices for excellent patient-centered care and for achieving high marks in their Patient-Centered Medical Home Program (PCMH).
According to the NCQA “the patient-centered medical home is a model that emphasizes care and communication to transfer primary care into ‘what patients want it to be.’ Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve patients’ and providers’ experiences of care.”
The JHCP Canton Crossing and Wyman Park locations met strenuous criteria in 10 must-pass categories, such as effective communication among patients and caregivers, superior use of technology and data, and exceptional teamwork. As part of the examination, each of the JHCP centers were measured on a scale of 100 points and required to achieve 75 points or more to receive the highest designation: PCMH Level 3. The testing process covers 30 elements, 10 of which are must-pass categories, and a 50 percent- or-higher score is required in each must-pass element to move on to the next.
Canton Crossing and Wyman Park achieved 91 and 89.25 points respectively, thus securing NCQA’s premiere designation: Level 3 status. “The applications process is arduous and we are very proud to have achieved this recognition,” says Steven J. Kravet, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.P., president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. “I want to congratulate the directors and the entire staff at both offices for their hard work on making this possible.”
JHCP offices at Water’s Edge received recognition in December 2009 and all three JHCP locations are part of 17 other facilities that have similar designation in the state of Maryland. The three JHCP centers together provide care for approximately 30,000 patients.
For more information on the Johns Hopkins Community Physicians group, go to http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/community_physicians/index.html. For more information on the NCQA’s PCMH program, go to http://www.ncqa.org/tabid/1300/Default.aspx
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