Esse Health Primary Care Offices Achieves NCQA Level 3 Recognition
ST. LOUIS – Esse Health is proud to announce its adult and pediatric primary care offices once again have been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2014 Level 3 recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA). Level 3 is the highest level of recognition attainable from the NCQA PCMH 2014 program. The NCQA previously awarded PCMH Level 3 recognition to the Esse Health offices in 2014.
A Patient Centered Medical Home is a model of delivering health care that focuses on clinical performance, proper utilization, cost management and customer experience. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 2014 standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. “Our philosophy of continuous performance improvement aligns well with the NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home standards. These standards guide our efforts to actualize our Vision of improving care for all patients, improving our patients’ experience, and to be responsible stewards of the healthcare dollar,” said Mike Castellano, CEO. “Renewing our NCQA recognition under the 2014 Standards is a result of the teamwork of all Esse Health associates as the 2014 Standards are more rigorous than the 2011 Standards.”
The 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 is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. The official NCQA directory of Recognized Clinicians can be accessed at http://recognition.ncqa.org.
Esse Health is a St. Louis-based, independent physician group that strives to improve the overall well-being of its patients through patient education, lifestyle modification and prevention. Esse Health’s adult and pediatric primary care offices have been awarded Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2014 Level 3 recognition by the National Committee on Quality Assurance. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts Initiative recognized Esse Health as a 2014 Hypertension Control Champion for its success in helping patients control their high blood pressure. With 40 locations throughout the St. Louis and Metro East area, Esse Health’s services include asthma, allergy and immunology, family medicine, gastroenterology, internal medicine, nutrition, orthopedics, pediatrics, radiology and urology. Esse Health is a recognized leader in using technology in health care and physician accountability for both quality and cost-of-care. For more information on Esse Health, visit www.essehealth.com.