Foundation's Experience with Medical Home Initiative
In an article published this week on Health Affairs’ GrantWatch blog, President and CEO Brenda Sharpe talks about the foundation’s Medical Home Initiative that began in 2007. Eight safety net clinics in the bi-state metropolitan area are currently participating. Since 2008, the foundation has contracted with Qualis Health to provide technical assistance, training and coaching to help clinics examine their operations and adopt patient-centered practices considered essential to a medical home.
In the last eight months, four of the eight participating clinics have achieved Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for meeting core standards for primary care, such as enhanced access and continuity of care; managing patient populations; care management; supporting patients’ self-care; tracking and coordinating care; and measuring and improving performance.
Silver City Health Center, Cabot Westside Health Center and Children’s Mercy West-The Cordell Meeks Jr. Clinic have received Level III recognition; the Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County has received Level I recognition. Other clinics involved in the initiative are preparing their applications to NCQA for consideration later this year.
Read Brenda Sharpe’s GrantWatch blog post.
Read about the Medical Home Initiative.