Local Ministry Medical Group clinics receive national medical home recognition

(Stevens Point, WI) – Ministry Medical Group clinics in Waupaca and Plover as well as three locations in Stevens Point; Stanley St., Hoover Rd., and Illinois Ave. (Internal Medicine and  Pediatrics Departments), have all received national recognition for medical home models by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). They have received Level 3 Physician Practice Connections® - Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PPC-PCMH™).

NCQA recognizes primary care practices that function as patient-centered medical homes, a model of care where each patient is at the center of their care and has an ongoing relationship with a personal provider who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care.

Ministry Medical Group launched three medical home pilot sites in 2011. Since then, other clinics have begun transitioning to medical homes. Ministry’s medical home teams consist of physicians partnered with advanced practice providers (APNPs or PAs), RN case managers who coordinate chronic disease management, patient service representatives, health care associates (CMAs or LPNs) and a behavioral health specialist.

“This certification is a significant milestone for us,” said Anne Rifleman, Ministry Medical Group Regional Administrator.  “A lot of hard work has been accomplished by our staff and clinicians at each of our sites. Our common goal is to not only meet the requirements for certification but to exceed them as a part of our ongoing work in providing an excellent health care experience for our patients.”

Some of the areas PPC-PCMH measure include patient tracking and registry functions; access and communication;  management of chronic diseases; patient self-management support; electronic prescribing; test tracking; referral tracking; performance reporting and improvement, and advanced electronic communications.

NCQA is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral health care organizations, preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs and other health-related programs. There are nine PPC® standards, including 10 must-pass elements, which can result in one of three levels of recognition. Level three represents the highest level of recognition.

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