March 16, 2012
Goppert-Trinity Family Care, part of Midwest Physicians, has achieved recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The NCQA is a private, 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Goppert-Trinity Family Care’s recognition is part of a two-year pilot project in collaboration with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City to increase the overall level of care to its patients, which includes pediatrics, adult care, and elder care. Goppert-Trinity Family Care is the primary clinic site for the Research Family Medicine Residency Program.
Goppert-Trinity Family Care, which has served Kansas City from its location on the Brookside campus of Research Medical Center since 1974, is part of HCA Midwest Health System, Kansas City’s largest healthcare network. It is the first medical practice to achieve the Level 3 PCMH designation in the HCA Midwest Health System.
The PCMH model focuses on increased access for patients, improved electronic documentation, defined chronic disease management and quality outcome measurement. Level 3 certification is the highest attainable level of recognition from the NCQA, and Goppert-Trinity’s certification runs through 2015.
Darryl K. Nelson, MD, chief medical officer of HCA Midwest Health System, says that Goppert-Trinity Family Care is leading the transformation of a traditional practice to one truly centered focused on patient care. “The Research Family Medicine Residency Program is training tomorrow’s physician to think differently about how care is delivered using technology to better understand the outcomes of care provided,” says Dr. Nelson.
Julie Wood, MD, a physician and the medical director Goppert-Trinity Family Care, says the recognition is a significant achievement in the practice’s mission of patient-centric care. “We are proud to receive this from the NCQA, because it verifies the type of patient care we administer to thousands of people each year,” says Dr. Wood. “Our approach centers on patients, and we work in teams and coordinate and track care over time.”
Stephen Salanski, MD, director of the Research Family Medicine Residency Program at Goppert-Trinity Family Care, says the designation, which is recognized nationally for efficiency and quality of care in primary care practices, signifies a level of excellence in myriad areas. “We have systems in place for the management of care across the spectrum, including tracking and registry functions to monitor data and the ability to use electronic records to supplement and improve care,” says Dr. Salanski. “At Goppert-Trinity Family Care, we measure patient outcomes to help improve the quality of our patient care, and have been doing that for nearly 40 years.”