Children’s Specialized Hospital First Pediatric Practice in New Jersey Designated a Patient-Centered Medical Home for Children with Special Healthcare Needs
July 23, 2015
Pediatric Primary Care at Children's Specialized Hospital has become the first pediatric practice in New Jersey to receive a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designation by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) – specifically for caring for children with special healthcare needs. NCQA is the most widely adopted model for recognizing PCMH standards.
Through a rigorous assessment process based on scientific evidence and nationally recognized standards of care, Pediatric Primary Care at Children's Specialized Hospital demonstrated their overall dedication to team-based care coordination, population health management, family centered care and continuous quality improvement in support of all the children they treat who have special healthcare needs.
“The PCMH designation recognizes our commitment to providing children access to coordinated, quality care, and shows we are committed to continuously improving the practice so our patients and their families may benefit even more,” said Matthew B. McDonald III, MD, chief special needs pediatrics, Children’s Specialized Hospital. “In addition, being a Patient-Centered Medical Home means we can better support our patients’ families beyond the walls of our practice, especially in navigating the complexities of the network of care our medically involved patients face on a daily basis.”
Clinicians, insurers, purchasers, consumer groups, and others know the PCMH model is an alternative to the nation’s costly, fragmented delivery system. Research confirms that medical homes inspire and lead to higher quality of care, reduce health disparities, improve patient outcomes, cultivate patient relationships, and capture savings through expanded access and delivery options and a reduction in hospital and emergency department visits.
The Pediatric Primary Care at Children’s Specialized Hospital will hold its PCMH recognition for two years before reassessment. The Practice has made a commitment to measure their performance internally over the two-year period so they can exceed the standards set by NCQA, and can continue to be a center for coordinated, quality care to children with special healthcare needs.
Each year, the Pediatric Primary Care at Children's Specialized Hospital provides family-centered care to about 1,600 children with complex physical and mental health needs, including cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, prematurity, technology dependence, seizure disorders, developmental delay and rare medical conditions. Patients are cared for by an outstanding team of pediatricians, nurses, behavioral health professionals, and care coordinators who strive to care for each unique child and family in the best way possible.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.
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