HealthCare Partners Primary Care Clinics Recognized As NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes

LAS VEGAS  – HealthCare Partners Medical Group, a leading physician-run group of primary, specialty and urgent care providers in Southern Nevada, announced that 34 of the its adult primary care clinics are now recognized as patient-centered medical homes by  the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that emphasizes a strong clinician-patient relationship in which a clinical team coordinates all aspects of patients’ health needs in order to achieve more personalized and effective delivery.

“HealthCare Partners is committed to providing its patients with the highest quality care, and the Patient-Centered Medical Home model has been demonstrated across the country to improve patient experiences and increase access to efficient and coordinated care,” said Dr. Amir Bacchus, chief medical officer of HealthCare Partners. “Providing this trusted system of health care delivery at our primary care clinics serves to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

NCQA, a private, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, developed PCMH 2011 as an innovative program for improving primary care. The program sets clear and specific criteria for organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time. A practice can achieve one of three levels of PCMH recognition, reflecting the degree to which the practice meets the program’s standards, including providing self-care and community support, measuring and improving performance and enhancing access and continuity. Practices can apply to NCQA for PCMH recognition, which is valid for three years.

Under the PCMH model, each patient has a lasting relationship with a clinical team responsible for all aspects of the patient’s health care needs, including arranging for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians. The model promotes utilizing cutting-edge information technology to assist in managing care, including prescribing treatment, tracking test results and obtaining clinical support information. The model further focuses on empowering patients to take control of their own care by offering a high level of accessibility and communication with providers.

HealthCare Partners strives to lead a positive, lasing transformation of the nation’s health care delivery system by practicing the Total Care Model. This patient-centered, comprehensive model of care is designed to help patients manage all aspects of their health with the support of a highly skilled team of doctors, nurses and medical staff who collaborate on managing patients’ general care needs.

“This recognition is an exciting step in HealthCare Partners’ ongoing vision to serve as a leader in the transformation of our nation’s health care delivery system,” Bacchus said. “We encourage other practices to learn about the PCMH program and pursue improved outcomes through patient-centered care.”

To learn more about the NCQA PCMH program, visit: www.ncqa.org/Portals/0/PCMH2011%20withCAHPSInsert.pdf

About HealthCare Partners Nevada

HealthCare Partners Nevada is a network of approximately 290 primary care providers and more than 1,700 specialists. With approximately 100 primary care locations throughout Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson, Pahrump, Boulder City and Mesquite, HealthCare Partners Nevada is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to all of its patients. Through its Total Care Model, HealthCare Partners provides patient-centered, comprehensive primary, specialty, urgent care and hospice care services. Founded in 1996, HealthCare Partners Nevada is an affiliate of HealthCare Partners LLC, a wholly owned and independently operating subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners.

For more information about HealthCare Partners Nevada, please visit www.hcpnv.com.