62 PCMHThe UAB Pediatric Primary Care Clinic has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.

In order to achieve NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition, the UAB Pediatric Primary Care Clinic must meet certain standards that emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care. This recognition will help the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic support their patients through access, communication and patient involvement.

In the UAB Pediatric Primary Care Clinic, we have already been providing many aspects of the level of care required for Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition,” said Candice Dye, M.D., medical director for the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic. “Having the official recognition and certification from the NCQA is a huge gain for our patients and clinic. Our team worked extremely hard to organize and submit the various needed documents to achieve this. We are very excited to partner with NCQA with this Patient-Centered Medical Home certification to provide even more comprehensive care to our wonderful and deserving patients and their families in Primary Care Clinic.”

The NCQA 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. It was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the UAB Pediatric Primary Care Clinic has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”