The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently announced that Mount Yonah Family Practice in Cleveland, Georgia, has received recognition from the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care emphasizing care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.” Research shows that Medical Homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and improve partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits.  Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams, who provide for all the patient’s health care needs and coordinate treatments across the health care system.  Medical Home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including open scheduling, expanded hours and appropriate use of proven health information systems.

“The Patient-Centered Medical Home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “PCMH Regonition shows that Mount Yonah Family Practice has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Mount Yonah Family Practice 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.
Mount Yonah Family Practice met key program components in the following areas:
  • Written standards for patient access and continuity of care
  • Use of patient feedback materials
  • Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and/or organize clinical information
  • Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care for individual patients and for the entire patient population
  • Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
  • Use of information technology for prescriptions, test and referral tracking and coordination with other health care providers.
  • Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
  • Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance.
Patients at Mount Yonah Family Practice are under the care of Dr. Thomas Johnson.  A native of Jonesboro, Georgia, Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency with the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia.  Board-certified in family medicine, he is a member of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society.

Mount Yonah Family Practice is located at 17 White Street, Cleveland near Rite Aid.  Owned and operated by Habersham Medical Center, Mount Yonah Family Practice provides primary care for adults and children as well as occupational health services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (706) 865-4001.

:  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’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care.  NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.