UAB Huntsville program recognized for patient-centered care

University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville Regional Medical Campus physicians and practices were recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The UAB Huntsville program is one of only nine physician practices in the state to receive the honor, and one of only 1,038 practices recognized in the nation.

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Clinician-led care teams provide for all the patient's health-care needs and coordinate treatments across the health-care system.

Medical home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health-information systems. Early evaluations of the PPC-PCMH have shown promising results in improving care quality and lowering costs by increasing access to more efficient, more coordinated care.