La Rabida Children's Hospital Earns National Recognition for Medical Home program

Friday June 23rd, 2017

(CHICAGO) - La Rabida Children's Hospital recently earned its third recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its medical home programs, which offer high-quality, patient-centered, primary care to children with special health care needs. The hospital earned a Level 3 score, the highest available.

NCQA gave the hospital's Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) the special designation for its work with the model that is proven to promote higher quality and lower costs while improving patient outcomes.

In 2011, the hospital was the first independent pediatric facility in Illinois to receive NCQA recognition. La Rabida earned its second recognition in 2014.

To qualify, the hospital had to prove it met the PCMH standards, which aligned with those of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other prominent medical provider organizations.

The AAP defines a medical home as “continuous, comprehensive, accessible, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective to every child and adolescent.”

La Rabida Children’s Hospital offers patients and families an interdisciplinary model for primary care. Its medical home programs provide services to patients who have medically complex conditions, technology dependency, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

Each medical home meets the NCQA’s key program components in the following areas:

- Patient-centered access
- Team-based care
- Population health management
- Care management and support, including individualized care plans
- Care transitions and care coordination
- Performance measurement and quality improvement

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane said, “The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients.”

La Rabida’s President and Chief Executive Officer Brenda Wolf said the NCQA recognition underscores La Rabida’s commitment to better medical outcomes at lower costs for the 7,500 patients treated at the hospital annually.

The NCQA recognition is valid for three years. 

About La Rabida Children’s Hospital
La Rabida Children’s Hospital provides specialized, family-centered health care to children with medically complex conditions, disabilities and chronic illness, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Through expertise, compassion and advocacy, our team provides an array of services and resources to ensure that our children and their families reach their fullest potential. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan at Jackson Park, La Rabida has served the children of Chicago for more than 120 years.