ST. MARYS — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Grand Lake Physician Practices’ primary care and pediatric practices received renewal of their NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
With the recent PCMH recognition renewal, they have been recognized as a PCMH Level 3 Status Practices, which is the highest of three levels recognized by the NCQA.
Those practices receiving Level 3 PCMH Recognition are Grand Lake Family Practice & Pediatrics in Celina — Dr. Leanne Kline and Dr. Peter White: Grand Lake Pediatrics — Dr. Efren Aganon, Dr. Thomas Zegarski and Julie DeVine; Grand Lake Primary Care at St. Marys — Dr. Michael Josey, Dr. Dawn McNaughton, Nicole Link and Ashley Meyer; Miami & Erie Family Practice & Pediatrics — Dr. James Luedeke, Dr. Sarah Werner, Dr. Shelden Wical and Sara Hess; and Wapakoneta Primary Care – Dr. Venkata Chalasani.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider experiences of care.
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Grand Lake Physician Practices demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.