UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine at Grimes | Internal Medicine at Lakeview recognized as level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes
May 6, 2013
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine at Grimes and Internal Medicine at Lakeview have been recognized as level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes. This recognition is a culmination of three years' of dedication to coordinated care for patients.
The level 3 recognition, which is designated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is the highest level of achievement patient-centered medical homes can receive. The NCQA defines the medical home program as a "health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient's family."
The UnityPoint Clinic patient-centered medical home pilot project began at the Grimes and Lakeview clinic locations in 2010. The two clinics practice by national guidelines for chronic and preventative conditions, and focusing primarily on hypertension, diabetes, adult preventative medicine and well-child services. As the program continues to develop, it will address conditions such as, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The goal is to keep patients healthy and involve them in care decisions.
"Bringing patients into discussions with their health care team to better determine their own health goals is what patient-centered medical home is all about," said Janell Schlosser, MHA, senior project manager, Medical Home. "Overall, we've seen an increase in provider, staff and patient satisfaction with the implementation of this program."
Last fall, UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine at Waukee also began both the implementation and application for the medical home model. Other UnityPoint Clinic locations are expected to adapt the model within the coming year.