Middlesex Hospital Primary Care (MHPC) offices (Chester, Cromwell, Durham, Essex, Madison, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook) have received recognition from the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 (the highest possible level) Patient-Centered Medical Home.
The Patient-Centered Medical Home is the evolving national model for the future of primary care. A medical home provides and coordinates comprehensive care for all of a patient's health care needs in all settings where care is needed, including the office, hospital, home and long-term care facilities. Care is patient-centered with an emphasis on a long-term collaborative relationship with a primary care physician. There is a strong emphasis on quality, including advanced technology and electronic health records, continuous quality improvement and chronic disease management. The concept of the medical home plays a significant role in the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which are intended to provide a central location for coordinated care of a community with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
To receive this recognition, which is valid for three years, MHPC demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home. The standards are 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.
MHPC met key programs components in the following areas: