FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOUDOUN MEDICAL GROUP EARNS NATIONAL DISTINCTION AS PATIENT-CENTERED-MEDICAL HOME (PCMH) For PRIMARY CARE PRACTICES By THE NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE (NCQA)
LEESBURG, Va. (September 28, 2022) Loudoun Medical Group (LMG), a leading multi-state, multi-specialty group practice has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. Recognized LMG practices include; Ashburn Pediatrics, Coleman Primary Care, Kingstowne Internal Medicine, Loudoun Valley Family Practice, Mitchell Whitaker & Wu, Mountain View Medical Associates, Loudoun Internal Medicine Associates, Loudoun Pediatric Associates, Leesburg Sterling Family Practice, Pediatric Healthcare and Potomac Family Practice. The mission of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to reduce healthcare costs while improving quality across key domains.
“We are extremely proud of the Loudoun Medical Group practices who have earned their Patient-Centered Medical Home distinction through their continued commitment to providing high quality primary care services,” said Mary Beth Tamasy, CEO, Loudoun Medical Group. “Our primary care practices are connected through a sophisticated management system that allows strong service delivery, increases staff work satisfaction and lowers overall healthcare costs.” The PCHM model emphasizes team-based care, communication, and coordination, which has been shown to help manage patients’ chronic conditions.
NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program is the most widely adopted PCMH evaluation program in the country. More than 14,000 practices (with 60,000+ clinicians are recognized by NCQA. Many payers acknowledge PCMH Recognition as a hallmark of high-quality care. The NCQA PCMH program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others.
“In recent years, there has been a shift towards value-based care,” said Clara McAuley Nussbaum, MPH, Director of Value Based Care, Loudoun Medical Group. “Annually, we recertify that our primary care practices are able to meet rigorous industry standards and best practices for assessing population needs and stratifying populations by risk so early interventions can be implemented.” Organizations that want to succeed under value-based arrangements must implement effective population health management to improve patient experience, lower healthcare costs, and maintain a high quality of care.
A key element of the PCMH model is engaging patients and caregivers in their care. Interoperability and the expansion of Health IT provides important opportunities to harness capabilities to support and encourage patient engagement. Loudoun Medical Group has joined the National Interoperability Initiative to improve patient care coordination and enhance health outcomes with PRISMA Interoperability Search Engine.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said Margaret E. O’Kane, President, National Committee for Quality Assurance. “Recognition shows that Loudoun Medical Group has the tools, systems, and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.” Patients can be confident that the practice from which they receive care has been vetted based on industry-leading best practices.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.
About Loudoun Medical Group
Loudoun Medical Group, one of the largest and most diverse physician-owned, multi-specialty group practices in Virginia, is dedicated to delivering high-quality patient care. LMG employs more than 300 physicians and Advanced Practice Providers that offer over 60 medical and surgical specialties, serving 270,000 distinct patients annually in 145 clinic locations throughout northern Virginia and Maryland. For more information, please visit LMGDoctors.com or contact Ande Burke at ABurke@LMGDoctors.com.