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North Country Primary Care practices provide health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of health care settings. Our goal is to help you obtain and maintain optimal health and well being. To serve you best, your Primary Care practices are conveniently located in Newport and Barton.
North Country Primary Newport and North Country Primary Care Barton Orleans are recognized by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be”.
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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 can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patients’ and providers’ experience of care.
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The patient-centered medical home or PCMH (sometimes referred to as medical home, or advanced primary care) is an innovation in health care delivery designed to improve patient experience, improve population health, and reduce the cost of care. Although its origins date back to 1967 (in pediatrics), the medical home concept has grown over the past decade, with nearly 500 public and private sector PCMH initiatives being tracked across the United States.
The five core attributes of the PCMH as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are:
- >Patient-centered: The PCMH supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care based on their preferences, and ensures that patients, families, and caregivers are fully included in the development of their care plans. It also encourages them to participate in quality improvement, research, and health policy efforts.
- Comprehensive: The PCMH offers whole-person care from a team of providers that is accountable for the patient’s physical and behavioral/mental health needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care.
- Coordinated: The PCMH ensures that care is organized across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services, and long-term care supports.
- Accessible: The PCMH delivers accessible services with shorter waiting times, enhanced in-person hours, 24/7 electronic or telephone access, and alternative methods of communication through health information technology (HIT).
- Committed to Quality and Safety: The PCMH demonstrates commitment to quality improvement and the use of data and health information technology (HIT) and other tools to assist patients and families in making informed decisions about their health.
While most PCMH primary care practices strive to incorporate all of the attributes, the medical home is not a “one size fits all” framework. Each practice implements the attributes based on its own unique characteristics, such as: the size of the practice; the location (i.e. urban versus rural setting); the composition (solo/small practice, mid-size primary care practice, large multi-specialty practice, academic-affiliated practice, etc.); the patient population it serves (health status, other social & economic characteristics); whether financial or performance incentives are provided, etc.