SSM Health Medical Group earns national recognition for patient-centered care 

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NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership 

St. Louis, MO and WASHINGTON, DC —The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that all 31 SSM Health Medical Group practices across the greater St. Louis region have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and longterm, participative relationships. 

“The level 3 designation is the highest level attainable by the NCQA,” said Dr. James Bleicher, regional president, SSM Health Medical Group. “For all 31 SSM Medical Group practices in St. Louis to receive the honor is incredible and is witness to the safe and exceptional care provided to all of our patients.”

SSM Health Medical Group is NCQA recognized for Patient-Centered Medical Home

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 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. 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.

“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 NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the St. Louis SSM Health Medical Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, SSM Health Medical Group in St. Louis demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.

About SSM Health Medical Group

SSM Health (www.ssmhc.com) is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

SSM Health Medical Group includes more than 350 primary and specialty care physicians in over 40 locations. SSM Medical Group physicians offer patients MyChart — a convenient, secure access to a personal health record via online and mobile app — and InQuicker options for scheduling physician appointments, urgent care and emergency room visits.

For more information, visit us at www.ssmdrs.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About SSM Health in St. Louis

SSM Health (www.ssmhc.com) is a Catholic, not-for-profit health system serving the comprehensive health needs of communities across the Midwest through one of the largest integrated delivery systems in the nation.

SSM Health in St. Louis operates 8 hospitals,12 urgent care locations and more than 40 medical offices in the area. One of the largest employers in St. Louis, SSM Health is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work by the St. Louis Business Journal.

For more information, visit us at www.ssmhealth.com or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit 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 Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.