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Friday, December 17, 2010
NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Staff of the Geriatric Medicine Unit
MGH Senior Health, a practice within the Geriatric Medicine Unit, has been recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A medical home is a model that strives to strengthen the caregiver-patient relationship and improve care while reducing costs by replacing episodic care with coordinated long-term care.
NCQA designation indicates that the practice meets national standards for delivering high-quality care and utilizes systematic, patient-centered, coordinated management processes. Senior Health received the highest designation possible, level three, and is the first practice in the Partners system to be officially cited as a medical home by the NCQA.
"The medical home model holds great promise for improving quality while reducing costs," says Barbara Roberge, PhD, NP, geriatric nurse practitioner and director of Quality and Safety for Senior Health. "We're thrilled to have received certification. It has allowed us to reflect on how to further improve, and toward that aim, we've been sharing our experiences with other primary care practices at the MGH."
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