Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced its Primary Care Network received Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the highest national accreditation standard in primary care.
A press release stated, “Widely recognized as an organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care, NCQA Accreditation provides a comprehensive framework for organizations to align and improve operations in areas that are most important. For Memorial, it’s first and foremost patient care.”
"The NCQA Certification process continues to drive improvement throughout health care. Memorial is proud to have achieved this certification, as it further validates our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our patients," said Al Hammonds, CSSBB, Memorial’s senior vice president of clinical service operations and business development.
Developed to identify medical practices that have invested in a model of care that puts patients at the forefront, PCMH recognition is achieved when practices meet all 40 core criteria and 11 New York state required criteria, earning a total of 25 elective credits across five of the six PCMH concepts. Those concepts include team-based care and practice organization; care management and support; know and manage patients; care coordination and care transitions; patient-centered access and continuity; and performance measurement and quality improvement.
Memorial’s Primary Care Network operates offices in several locations throughout Niagara and northern Erie counties, including Niagara Falls, Lewiston and Grand Island.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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’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 health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center is a full-service, 171-bed regional medical center with extensive inpatient and outpatient services, including The Heart Center of Niagara, Niagara Wellness Connection Center, Golisano Medical Oncology Center, Wound Center of Niagara, the OB/GYN Center and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. The first hospital in Niagara to be designated a stroke center by the New York State Department of Health, Memorial also provides a wide range of outpatient services. To learn more, visit www.nfmmc.org.