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Five Bozeman Deaconess Health Group Clinics Earn Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition

Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is pleased to announce that the National Committee for Quality Assurance has honored five Bozeman Deaconess Health Group (BDHG) clinics by recognizing them as Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).

Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic was recognized as a Level 3 PCMH for the first time, while recognition was granted for the second time to Bozeman Deaconess Bridger Internal Medicine, Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics, Bozeman Deaconess Internal Medicine Associates and Bozeman Deaconess Spinelli Internal Medicine. The four BDHG clinics recognized initially in 2011 were the first clinics in Montana to achieve this distinction.

“The NCQA standards to achieve Level 3 recognition have become much more stringent since the organization’s original application, and achieving Level 3 recognition is a testament to the efforts of a large contingent of people that focus on PCMH on a daily basis,” said Tracy Reamy, RN, director of clinic operations for BDHG.

To achieve PCMH Level 3, each of the clinics had to fulfill ten elements, including written standards for patient access and patient communication, active support of patient self-management and measurement of clinical and/or service performance.

Reamy credits the providers and staff in the five clinics for their ongoing efforts in achieving and maintaining PCMH standards in their daily care of patients. “We found during the application process that patient centered care is truly part of our culture, which is much more than the recognition, but affects our patient outcomes in a positive way,” she said.

The medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. “The patient-centered medical home is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into what patients want it to be,” according to the NCQA website. “Medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care.”

BDHG Vice President Chris Darnell added, “This is a great achievement for the Health Group and our whole organization, because it speaks directly to our commitment to patient-centeredness.”
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