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Two Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation Centers Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

Aimee Sharp
Author | Shield HealthCare
10/21/14  10:43 PM PST
These two medical homes have been applauded for their patient care.

By nplegge for St. Louis Post Dispatch

WASHINGTON, DC (October 13, 2014) — The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that State Street Center in East St. Louis, Ill. and Bethalto Health Center in East Alton, Ill., both operated by Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF), have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA PCMH is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits, so that patients become active participants in their own health and well-being.

Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

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