Community Health Centers (CHCs) always focus on offering patient-centered care. And they also work to become each patient’s medical home – the place that a patient goes for a regular check-up or other medical, dental, and behavioral health concerns.
As CHCs continue to grow the patient experience, an organization called the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) sets standards, and also awards health care facilities with Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition. The PCMH model aims to make the entire health care system higher quality and more affordable.
What does PCMH recognition for a CHC mean for providers? For one, it means that you have the opportunity to offer care with a clinical team approach, which allows you to focus on continuity of care. And with leadership’s support for the PCMH model, clinicians have the opportunity to work in an environment where clinical innovation and evidence based practice receives support from top levels. It also means that clinics have well designed access, communication, patient self-management support and systems for test tracking and referral tracking which makes it easier for you to provide high quality care and stay up to date regarding patients.
If you’re interested in joining a team working to grow the PCMH model, check out the websites for the CHCs listed at www.cchn.org, or visit the Community Health Association of Mountain/Plains States (CHAMPS) job board for job listings in Colorado.
Colorado CHCs work hard to fulfill the requirements of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model. Below is a snapshot of Colorado’s PCMH progress. Click here for supplemental information on the content below. * 11Colorado CHC sites are currently participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration. This pilot demonstration is a unique pay for performance model. For additional information, please click here.