Congratulations to the Hometown Health Employee of the Year 2012
Vivette has worked at HHC for over 3 years as a Registered Nurse and is the hub of
patient care in the downstairs medical area!.
National Recognition Granted to Hometown Health Center
Hometown Health Center (HHC) today announced that it has been officially recognized
as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) for delivering accessible, comprehensive
and family-centered primary care that seeks to reduce avoidable healthcare costs.
The special designation was granted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance
(NCQA) to HHC and its providers who collectively care for a primary care population
of nearly 15,000 children and adults. Hometown received "Level 3" designation, the
highest ranking, which will qualify the Schenectady practice for more than $400,000
in increased Medicaid reimbursements every year.
“This is a real honor for Hometown and its clinicians, but more importantly , it
is a true benefit for the community we serve,” said Joe Gambino, CEO, Hometown Health
Center. We have made significant investments in our primary care service delivery,
care coordination and technology – with one goal in mind – to make Hometown Health
Center a medical home children and families can depend on.”
The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that focuses on a strong and
meaningful provider-patient relationship. PCMH promotes long-term coordinated health
and healing instead of more expensive and inefficient episodic care.
“A medical home model of care underscores accountable care,” said David Skory, M.D.,
Medical Director, Hometown Health Center. We understand that to be patient-centered
in practice obligates us to be collaborative, coordinated and efficient. Hometown
has laid the foundation to meet this charge.”
The NCQA released its new PCMH Standards of Care in early 2011 – the program designates
high-quality primary care practices as patient-centered medical homes. Hometown
Health Center is one of a limited number of community health centers statewide to
meet the new quality standards and receive the highest level of recognition.
“This is milestone for Hometown,” said William Faubion, HHC Board Chairman. The
services offered at the health center are critical in our community, and now we know
the quality of care provided has set a standard.”
To be recognized as a NCQA patient-centered medical home, healthcare providers must
meet a number of safety and quality standards. In addition, HHC offers improved
patient education and learning opportunities, care coordination, an evidence-based
approach to understanding chronic illness, performance reporting and assessments.
Hometown Health Center, located at 1044 State Street, is the only not-for-profit,
federally qualified health center in Schenectady County. HHC is the primary care
provider of choice for nearly 15,000 local residents. The health center offers family
medicine, pediatric, obstetrical, gynecological, podiatry, specialty care, mental
health on-site pharmacy services and comprehensive dental care.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is dedicated to improving
health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in
driving improvement throughout the health care system. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness
Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement
tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information
for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.