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    Centura Health Physician Group Practices Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

    March 17,2015

    (ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health Physician Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the region, has earned 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 in 31 primary care practices throughout Colorado.

    “This achievement reflects the dedicated efforts of our physicians and supporting teams to provide high-value, patient-centered care to the communities we serve,” said Allen D. Kemp, MD, chief executive officer, Centura Health Physician Group. “We dedicate enormous resources to leverage data to further employ best practices and clinical protocols to support delivery of evidence-based medicine that focuses on the patient-provider relationship.

    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 reported experiences of care.

    “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Centura Health Physician Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

    To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Centura Health Physician Group practices have 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.

    To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit the Recognized Clinician Directory website.

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    About NCQA
    NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

    About Centura Health Physician Group
    Centura Health Physician Group, one of the largest multi-specialty physician groups in the region, serves as a cornerstone of Centura Health's network of care. With more than 500 medical providers in more than 100 locations across Colorado and western Kansas, we connect people with the caregivers, tools and resources they need to live healthier lives. As a multispecialty group, we offer services to fit all health needs. At Centura Health, our mission is to care for the ill and nurture the health of our community.

    About Centura Health
    Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 18,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 15 hospitals, six senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.

    Media Contact:
    Jennifer Wills
    Centura Health, director, strategic communications
    303-804-8222 (desk)
    JenniferWills@Centura.org



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