Patient-Centered Medical Home

The Community Health Care Clinic has been selected to participate in a new program that aims to improve the quality of patient care at free and charitable clinics serving low-income and uninsured patients.

Our clinic, along with CommunityHealth in Chicago, are the first two clinics in the country to participate in the Americares/BD Advancing Community Health Program, a two-year initiative that helps clinics achieve recognition as patient-centered medical homes. Each clinic received a $100,000 award from BD to support the accreditation process.

Under the Americares/BD Advancing Community Health Program, clinic staff will be trained to build even stronger relationships with patients as they work to obtain accreditation from the National Committee of Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home. The clinics will receive technical support from Americares in-house quality improvement team and industry experts.

To qualify as a patient-centered medical home, clinics must actively engage patients in their care plans by connecting them to medical and social resources in their communities, offering easy access to care according to patient preferences, and providing a comprehensive approach that addresses primary care and mental health needs. Becoming a patient-centered medical home also increases communication at the clinic level and allows providers to offer coordinated care to patients including prevention, wellness, acute care, and chronic care.