CaroMont Health’s patient focus has been recognized by the National
Committee for Quality Assurance. The NCQA announced that seven CMG primary
care practices received Level 3 recognition from the Physician Practice
Connections–Patient-Centered Medical Home program (PCMH). Patient-Centered
Medical Home is a model that emphasizes care, coordination and communication.
Research shows medical homes can lead to higher quality, have lower costs
and improve patients’ and providers’ reported experiences of care.
“We are very excited, as Level 3 is the highest recognition you can
receive,” said Christina Huitt, Director of Quality Improvement
with CaroMont Medical Group. “CaroMont Health recently made the
US News & World Report’s ‘Best Hospitals’ ranking
for the Charlotte area, and we believe staying focused on quality will
keep us among the nation’s most innovative health care providers.”
The practices receiving NCQA Level 3 PCMH recognition were: South Point
Family Practice in Belmont, Stanley and Mount Holly; CaroMont Internal
Medicine; and CaroMont Family Medicine in Belmont, Lowell/McAdenville
and Kings Mountain. Huitt said the goal is for all 21 CaroMont primary
care practices to reach Level 3 by January 2012.
The NCQA recognition is valid for three years. The standards are aligned
with the joint patient-centered medical home principles established with
the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians,
American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association.
NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health
care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care