Texas Health Physicians Group Practices Becoming Patient Centered Medical Homes|
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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
Texas Health and physicians across North Texas are collaborating to strengthen the primary care network and improve the quality of care. One part of this effort with both independent physicians and
Texas Health Physicians Group is the development of Patient Centered Medical Homes. A Patient Centered Medical Home is an innovative program following standards set forth by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care.
In the last year, Texas Health Physicians Group has assisted more than a dozen physician practices in becoming recognized as medical homes, and several more are nearing recognition. Our ultimate goal is to build “medical neighborhoods” throughout North Texas, integrating Patient Centered Medical Homes and specialty practices that meet NCQA recognition standards.
A Patient Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between patients and their personal physicians, and often involves the patient’s family as well. It provides a team approach to care, using evidence-based care guidelines, supports the patient and family in self-care, and measures results for continuous improvement.
A strong primary care network is critical to fulfilling our mission to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.