Receiving accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home, means that there are processes in place that enable the physician, or practice, to proactively address chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, before they become severe.
At Jefferson Family Medicine, for instance, every patient who leaves the hospital is called within 48 hours and visited by a nurse within five days. In the medical home, the doctor becomes one of a team, and all of its members practice to the full extent of their license.
Richard Wender, MD, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Jefferson, is interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about the patient-centered medical home and Jefferson’s involvement.
He says, ”Before medical home activity, we assumed we were doing a good job, but we weren’t measuring and we weren’t being held accountable. Today, we are reporting on 15 to 20 quality measures by doc, as well as by practice.”
Read “Care experiment yields improved health” to learn more.