Sage Primary Care earns highest level of recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home
By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 28, 2016
The recognition is bestowed on primary care practices for “using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships,” according to the committee.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a primary care model emphasizing care coordination and communication between patients and their caregivers. Its mission is to improve care, create a patient-centered experience and reduce costs. A clinician-led care team coordinates every patient’s care across the healthcare system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider experiences.
Sage has been working to become a Patient-Centered Medical Home since 2011. It earned Level 2 Recognition in 2012 and has been working on Level 3 status since late 2013.
“We have implemented subtle changes to our system throughout the years including more extensive follow through for patients with specific chronic conditions and offering greater accessibility with extended hours and our forthcoming walk-in clinic,” said Sara Cooper, Sage Primary Care practice manager. “This Patient-Centered Medical Home model is a process for Sage to strive for continuous improvements.”
Standards for the Patient-Centered Medical Home were established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. One of the model’s tenants is that patients “receive the right care, in the right amount, at the right time.” Clinicians, insurers, purchasers, consumer groups and others know the patient-centered medical home is an alternative to the nation’s costly, fragmented delivery system. Research confirms that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider experiences of care, according to NCQA.
“Sage Primary Care will be a leader in providing patient-centered, coordinated care for all our patients,” said Andy Dunn, M.D., medical director of both Sage and Mesa Primary Care. “We strive to improve our patients’ physical and mental health with compassion and commitment to excellence.”
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