Western Connecticut Physicians Leading the Way on Medical Home
Providers in Western Connecticut are leading the way on establishing medical homes and securing the important medical home designations to make it official. Western Connecticut Health Network is pleased to announce that the Seifert & Ford Community Health Center, serving the un and under insured at its Main Street Danbury location, has secured the Level III designation in addition to a community practice, New Milford Medical Group. Joining this distinguished field are Primary Care of Southbury and Brookfield Family Medicine, both having already received Level I recognition.
Medical Home Designation
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) awards the “patient-centered medical home” designation to physician practices that meet very strict criteria. Practices must “offer superior value” and “clearly demonstrate they have systems in place to meet nationally recognized standards for delivering high quality care.” It is a rigorous screening process to receive the designation at any level. The value of a patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is that you have one personal physician who works with an entire team to manage all of your (and your family’s) health care needs for life.
Seifert and Ford - A Community Clinic
Seifert and Ford Medical Director, William Delaney, M.D. commented “The Level III designation reinforces our approach to patient care and our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and community. This type of partnership with the patient and also other providers will best support the health and wellness of the patients we see each day.”
Benefits of Medical Homes
- Strengthen the physician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated, comprehensive care and a long-term healing relationship.
- Helps patients navigate a complex medical delivery system by coordinating all aspects of care throughout the continuum. “Understanding the system can be overwhelming for our patients,” said Dr. Delaney.
- Focus on preventive care and proactively manage chronic conditions to avoid complications and multiple hospital admissions. “We don’t want our patients to wait to until they are sick before they see a physician,” shared Dr. Delaney.
- Ensure patients receive care in the most appropriate setting. “Treating strep throat at a physician’s office costs a fraction of what it costs to treat the same condition in the Emergency Department,” stated Dr. Delaney.
- Effective communication among caregivers and patients makes for smoother transitions when patients move from one setting (home, hospital, nursing home, outpatient center, physician office, visiting nurse) to another.
- Emphasize quality and safety by continuously monitoring performance to ensure patients receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care.
“The team addresses all of the patient’s preventive and medical care needs and arranges for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians, for today and throughout all the life stages,” said Robert Carr, M.D. of Primary Care of Southbury and a recognized expert in the field of medical homes. “The physician is working with a multidisciplinary team that may include nurses, dietitians, specialists, pharmacists and others to prevent illness by promoting wellness and managing care thoroughly,” said Dr. Carr.
Using Technology to Encourage Engagement
Harold Kamm, M.D. of New Milford Medical Group shared that the practice first applied for the Level III designation in spring of 2011 and received word of their designation just recently. “We have long-believed in the principals of the medical home and applying them to how we care for our patients. We thought we should get an endorsement of our best practices and in doing so, reconfirm our commitment to our patients,” said Kamm. “One characteristic of the medical home is to seek out the patients that may not be as engaged as they should be. Using electronic records, we can more easily identify those patients who need extra encouragement to become better engaged in their care. We’re also making our physicians more accessible via electronics to be as convenient as possible for our patients.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is a patient-centered health care organization established in 2010 by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and their affiliated organizations, to provide the highest level of care to patients throughout Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. In addition to the two hospitals, other network affiliates include:
- An integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
- An agency for home care and community health services
- A full-service retail pharmacy located at Danbury Hospital
- Emergency medical services
- An occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry
Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in Women’s, neonatal, cardiovascular and cancer services; weight loss and orthopedic surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.
For more information, visit WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.org
About Danbury Hospital
Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital is nationally recognized as a tertiary health care center with an innovative high-tech, high-touch environment and is also a member of the Planetree organization. In addition to offering the latest robotic and minimally invasive surgical and imaging technology, it was the first hospital in Connecticut to adopt electronic health records systems. It offers a Level II Trauma Center and Level IIIb Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve as faculty members of the nation’s finest university medical centers offering a higher level of experience.
For more information, visit DanburyHospital.org and share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital.
About New Milford Hospital
New Milford Hospital is a Planetree organization dedicated to patient-centered care that nurtures every patient's body, mind and spirit. The Hospital has an extraordinary tradition of warm and caring personal attention backed by top-notch physicians, world-class technology and the newest, most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. Your healthcare team of highly trained physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators is determined and committed to improving the health and quality of life of those we serve.
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