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ECMC Cleve-Hill Family Health Center earns NCQA "Patient-Centered Medical Home™ Recognition"

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation recently announced that the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) informed ECMC that its Cleve-Hill Family Health Center has achieved recognition status for “Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH™), Recognized – Level 3.”*  The effective dates of this Recognition begin December 23, 2013 and expire December 23, 2016. 

 “The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.  “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that the Cleve-Hill Family Health Center has tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care at the right time.”   

The Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others in extension of the Physician Practice Connections Program.  It was developed to assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.  The Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.   

ABOUT NCQA:  NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.  It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.  NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.  NCQA recognizes the vital role clinicians play in advancing quality.  The Recognition Programs assess whether clinicians and practices support the delivery of high-quality care.  The Recognition Programs are built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care.  The official NCQA directory of Recognized Clinicians can be accessed at http://recognition.ncqa.org 

 *Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH™) is a trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance.   

CONTACT:   Joe Cirillo at 716-898-4300 -or- jcirillo@ecmc.edu   



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