AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 22, 2012 – Three Akron-area doctor’s offices that are leading the way in Northeast Ohio’s primary care transformation were recently designated Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Level 3 designation, the highest available, means that the practices are strengthening the clinician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship, according to NCQA. Just a few physician offices in Ohio have earned this designation.
The practices that are now considered Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes include: Family Practice Center of Wadsworth (Matthew P. Finneran, M.D., and Michelle J. Lees, M.D.); Pioneer Physicians Network/Louisville Medical Center (Terrence Pansino, M.D., and Elizabeth Prosser, M.D.); and Ohio Family Practice in Fairlawn (Israel J. Cajigas, M.D.; James Dom Dera, M.D., FAAFP; and Kelli Sabin, M.D.). Together, the practices care for about 16,000 patients in the area and are part of NewHealth Collaborative, an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formed by Summa Health System and a group of about 203 local physicians. The ACO reflects an innovative care delivery model that helps strengthen coordination and communication among physicians, hospitals and other providers.
“We believe the Patient Centered Medical Home is one of the building blocks of a successful ACO,” said Dr. Dom Dera, medical director of Patient Centered Medical Homes for NewHealth Collaborative. “We are thrilled that three of our member practices have attained this designation and are excited that many others are on the same path.”
The three practices have been on the path to transformation for several years, and the main changes are occurring behind-the-scenes through support staff enhancements and the development of care teams. In some areas, patients may notice the availability of new condition-specific support groups or the opportunity to communicate with the office via e-mail or a web portal. Each of the three practices has been equipped with an electronic health record since approximately 2007.
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.