SwedishAmerican clinics receive quality recognition

Staff Report

All of SwedishAmerican Medical Group’s primary care clinics have received prestigious Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Four of the organization’s clinics initially received the recognition in February, and this honor has now been bestowed upon SwedishAmerican’s remaining five primary care clinics.

NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time.

The Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.

The remaining SwedishAmerican Medical Group clinics to receive Level 3 recognition (the highest recognition status obtainable) include SwedishAmerican Medical Group locations in Belvidere, Byron, Marengo, Midtown and Roscoe.

From a maximum possible score of 100, 75 points are needed to receive Level 3 recognition. Each SwedishAmerican clinic received a score of 92. The recognition places these clinics and their respective providers among an elite group.

Approximately 15,000 primary care doctors practice in Illinois. NCQA has recognized 415 physicians and locations for any of their certifications. Of these, only 256 are Level 3 PCMH, and 23 of them are SwedishAmerican Medical Group physicians.

Once again, this is a great example of how our clinics are being proactive when it comes to the health and well-being of our patients,” said SwedishAmerican Medical Group President Dr. Thomas Schiller.

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed health care system, with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

From the July 18-24, 2012, issue

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