Community Health Network Clinics Receive Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification
Posted on March 27, 2019
Community Health Network the received National Center for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for 2017 Patient Center Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for three clinic locations on February 19, 2019. Community Health Network’s Adoue Family Health Center and Women and Children’s Health Center in Alvin, Texas and its Freeport Community Health Center, Freeport, Texas met the criteria for certification.
PCMH is a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. The "medical home" is not a place, but a philosophy of health and health care that emphasizes providing care to patients wherever they are in the disease process, from the simplest to the most complex conditions. The PCMH is a place that should "feel like home" - where patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and have a strong and trusting relationship with providers and staff. A PCMH site requires a team care model that promotes accessibility, compassion, transparency, and is built on trust and communication. PCMH is not a final destination; it is a framework for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and the manner that best suits a patient's needs.
CHN’s certification is for two years until 2021, at which time the health care center will reapply. With an additional five more health centers that provide primary healthcare services that qualify to receive PCMH Recognition, CHN submitted a Notice of Intent to the Health Resource Services Administration who will cover the cost of the site surveys.