InnovAge Colorado PACE Centers Recognized for Patient-Centered Care
March 18, 2015
InnovAge Greater Colorado PACE centers - Cody, Chambers, Denver, Pueblo and Thornton - received recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH). This is the highest designation given in this area by the NCQA, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes foster ongoing partnerships between participants and their personal clinicians, and are overseen by clinician-led care teams who coordinate treatment. By combining teamwork and information technology to improve care, the PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) centers improve the participants’ care experience and make each center a model of primary care. Research shows medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care. To receive Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home status, which is valid for three years, each center had to meet the NCQA’s key standards.
“It’s an honor to receive this recognition from such a prestigious organization,” said InnovAge President and CEO Maureen Hewitt and Lisa Price, MD, chief quality officer at InnovAge. “Above all it acknowledges our staff members’ commitment to quality in their efforts to enhance the lives of our participants, caregivers and family members.”
NCQA is well known for its Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set or HEDIS®, which is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, and recognizes clinicians and practices in key performance areas. NCQA standards align 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.
“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 InnovAge has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
InnovAge is a non-profit organization that empowers seniors and caregivers by creating a personalized roadmap for aging based on an individual’s unique and evolving needs. As a leader in senior care, InnovAge guides and offers tailored solutions for aging adults and their families, with the goal of keeping loved ones independent and vibrant for as long as possible in their own homes. InnovAge has supported and cared for thousands of seniors since 1991 and currently operates in Colorado, New Mexico and California with nearly 1,000 employees.
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.