By Dr. Diana Hayslip
Family Practice Associates of Lexington has become the first family practice in the city to receive national recognition for its patient-centered care.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance bestowed its Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 Recognition to FPA on Dec. 26.
FPA was honored for its focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.
The award confirms the hard work of the staff to live up to the standards of being a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane agreed, saying, “The Patient-Centered Medical Home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnership between clinicians and patients.”
“PCMH Recognition shows that Family Practice Associates of Lexington has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with their right care at the right time.”
To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, FPA demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home.
The standards are 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.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.
This recognition is gratifying to all of us at FPA.
Our medical providers and staff will continue to provide the same quality of care we’ve been providing since FPA was established in 1983.
We also will continue to enhance our relationship with our patients through communication, especially when it comes to listening to their wants and needs.
Ultimately, our goal is to determine how we can help our patients live a healthier lifestyle and to partner with them as they map out a plan for healthier living.
Working together, we hope our patients will experience fewer sick days, miss less work or school, reduce hospital stays and live a better and longer life.
For more information about Family Practice Associates, please visit www.fpalex.com