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

Wednesday June 18th, 2014

First Pediatric Hospital in State
(CHICAGO) La Rabida Children’s Hospital recently earned its second 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.
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.
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 are in the areas of prematurity, adolescent care, chronic disease including lung conditions, failure to thrive, and developmental delays.
Each medical home meets the NCQA’s key program components in the following areas:
• Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
• Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
• Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
• Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
• Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
• Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
• Systematic tracking of referrals and test results
• Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance
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.”
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 stamp of approval comes after many months of collecting and submitting hundreds of documents to substantiate and reinforce our holistic, comprehensive approach to care.”
The NCQA recognition is valid for three years.