St. Rita’s Family Medicine Practices Receive National Recognition

Lima, Ohio (March 3, 2015) - St. Rita’s Professional Services announced that two family medicine practices have been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) - Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Program. The recognized practices include: St. Rita’s Family Medicine - Shawnee, and St. Rita’s Family Medicine at UNOH.

St. Rita’s Professional Services President, Herbert A. Schumm, MD, states that achieving this recognition demonstrates excellence in a variety of the many components required to practice evidence based medicine. “As the region’s leader, St. Rita’s is leading new and transformational methods to help patients access their doctor and for doctors to manage their patient’s care. We’re very proud of our practices and staff for being awarded PCMH Recognition,” says Dr. Schumm.

The 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), American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others to identify and recognize practices that function as a patient-centered medical home. PCMH measures certain aspects of care including: access and communication; patient tracking and registry functions; care management; patient self-management support; electronic prescribing; test tracking; referral tracking; performance reporting and improvement; and advanced electronic communications.

“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH Recognition shows that the St. Rita’s Professional Services family practices have tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

PCMH focuses on strengthening the relationship between the patient and the physician by complimenting short-term episodic care with long-term relationships, while still providing typical family medicine services. With the medical home model, patients are active participants in their care and the primary care physician serves as the “home”, or the office where patients go for the majority of their medical needs. The medical home model focuses on a team approach. Primary care physicians, specialists and the patient all communicate and work towards the same health care goal, through patient counseling, discussion of lifestyle changes and the management of chronic conditions. This model is cost-effective and results in less expensive healthcare for patients.