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AMC earns national recognition

Patient-centered medical home standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

April 23, 2011
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - The health centers of Adirondack Medical Center and two area practices have been recognized as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

NCQA's Patient Centered Medical Home Program recognizes physician practices that prioritize the strengthening of the physician-patient relationship, coordinate care for patients across multiple settings and engage in a team approach to improving patient care. The recognition by NCQA is a reliable indicator AMC is well managed and delivers high- quality care and service to its patients.

"Teamwork is a key element which allows collective efforts to be focused on patients and their well-being," said Mary Welch, who leads the Medical Home project in the Tri-Lakes region. "The medical home is a comprehensive model which seeks to unite the medical practice with other community services and organizations which serve community health needs."

The AMC Health Centers and two area practices, Adirondack Internal Medicine & Pediatrics and Medical Associates of Saranac Lake, have achieved the Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home recognition. AMC's Health Centers are located in Keene, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.

AMC's participation in the Adirondack Region Medical Home pilot is having a transformative effect on the delivery of health care in the Tri Lakes. The "Medical Home" is not a place; it is a patient-centered model of care provided by a team of health care professionals.

The Adirondack Region Medical Home includes primary care practices and Medical Centers in Franklin, Essex, Clinton, Hamilton and Warren counties, and covers a patient population of roughly 150,000.

The Medical Home engages the use of enhanced resources to get to the root of health problems. For example, in addition to meeting with a primary care physician, a patient with diabetes can meet with a dietitian to improve upon nutritional habits or a physical therapist to identify appropriate exercise or other physical activity.

Central to those enhanced resources is an Electronic Medical Record. The presence of an EMR lends itself to making sure patients are receiving the appropriate care at the appropriate time. It also creates efficiency within the delivery of health care, and in some cases eliminates the need for redundant test and exams.

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