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CVMC Recognized For Providing Innovative Primary Care

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Release Date: 
Friday, October 4, 2013

Berlin, VT  -- Central Vermont Medical Center received notification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) that all of their primary care and pediatric practices have achieved recognition status for Patient Centered Medical Home. 

The patient centered medical home is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what patients want it to be.”  NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition is the most widely-adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes. 

Our patient centered medical homes are supported by a community health team (CHT) that assists patients with improving their health outcomes by reducing barriers to care, and encouraging patients to become an active participant in the care team. The CHT consists of Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Wellness Coaches, and Registered Dieticians. 

“Patient-centered care is the goal,” noted CVMC President and CEO Judy Tartaglia. “I have been impressed with the shift from episodic visits to planned, coordinated care.”

Across the United States, one benefit of PCMH has been fewer costly emergency department and hospital admissions. There are now 29,505 recognized clinicians in 49 states, or roughly 15 percent of all primary care practices nationwide.

Central Vermont Medical Center, along with Fletcher Allen Health Care, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region.  For more information about CVMC visit www.cvmc.org.