The Children’s Medical Group Receives NCQA’s Highest Accreditation As Patient-Centered Medical Home

Poughkeepsie, NY May 24, 2013:  The Children’s Medical Group (CMG) is proud to announce that it has been recognized as “Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Level 3 designation is the highest achievable recognition for a medical group.

As Joseph Heavey, CEO explains, “NCQA’s Patient Centered Medical Home program recognizes physician practices that prioritize the physician/patient relationship, coordinate care for patients across multiple settings, and engage in a team approach to improve patient care. NCQA’s Level 3 PCMH accreditation reflects our efforts to ensure The Children’s Medical Group’s patients receive exceptional, accessible treatment that is well-coordinated among everyone involved in their care. This accreditation demonstrates that we are successfully making The Children’s Medical Group a true ‘medical home’ for our patients.”

The medical home concept encourages all of a patient’s medical providers to coordinate care and work together to ensure that appropriate care is given. All medical information including records, test results and referrals to other care providers, including specialists, are housed with the patient’s primary care physician and made available to other involved specialists. Benefits of this approach include less duplicate testing, which saves time and money.

The Children’s Medical Group was surveyed by the NCQA on nine standards that focus on patient care, outcomes and quality. These standards include:  

  • Care management
  • Patient self-management support
  • Electronic prescribing
  • Test tracking
  • Referral tracking
  • Performance reporting and improvement
  • Advanced electronic communications

Dr. David Fenner, President of CMG explains, “The Children’s Medical Group has nine ‘local’ offices throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and provides comprehensive health care for more than 35,000 children in a small-office environment where patients and families can develop an intimate relationship with their health care provider. Our staff includes 24 Board Certified Physicians, nurse practitioners, and a large nursing staff.”

About The Children’s Medical Group

The Children’s Medical Group was formed in 1997 by the merger of two successful pediatric practices, and has a long and distinguished history of caring for the region’s children since 1932. We pride ourselves on Clinical Excellence, Accessibility, and Availability. With offices in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties*, we are able to offer well-care visits, same-day sick visits, evening, weekend and holiday availability, as well as complete in-office lab services. (*Offices located in Fishkill, Hopewell Junction, Hyde Park, Kingston, Modena, Newburgh, Pawling, Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck.)

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.

Source: CMG