Telluride Regional Medical Center Earns Highest National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that the Telluride Regional Medical Center has received a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients' experience of care and reduce costs.

Medical homes, like the Telluride Regional Medical Center, foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient's care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.

The Telluride Regional Medical Center achieved Level III certification, the highest recognition offered. According to John Gardner, Telluride Regional Medical Center CEO, many first time applicants only achieve level I or II.

"It's really a wonderful testament to the quality of care we provide and the commitment our team has for our community," said Gardner. "This accomplishment is the result of not only hard-work, but a thoughtful and thorough approach to care."

According to NCQA, researchshows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

"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 that the Telluride Regional Medical Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time."

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the Telluride Regional Medical Center demonstrated the ability to meet the program's key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home.

NCQA standards aligned 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.

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