All four of E.A Hawse Health Center sites have achieved Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCAQ). In early 2017 these practices applied for recognition which is widely used to transform primary care practices into medical homes. NCQA offers three levels of PCMH recognition. Level three is the highest level awarded.
As defined by the NCQA, 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.” Medical homes help improve the experience of care and the health of populations, plus reduces per capita cost of healthcare. in order to achieve PCMH recognition the practices had to show NCQA Care coordination among all of a patient’s doctors, patients are partners in decisions about their care, patients having better access through expanded hours, and the medical team helping prevent health problems and managing chronic conditions in order to keep patients’ healthy.