NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY ACCESS FAMILY CARE IN NEOSHO
Health Center Leads State in Quality Patient Centered Health Home
Neosho, MO November 11, 2013— ACCESS Family Care (ACCESS) is leading the state with the highest quality health measures in the Patient Centered Health Home Initiative (PCHHI).
In a consortium of 18 Missouri community health centers and 6 hospitals, ACCESS has met 10 of the required 17 key measures and is well on its way to meeting the remaining goals. “It’s been a challenging process for all of the entities in the consortium, but Missourians can be proud of the demonstrated quality healthcare that is being produced,” states Chief Operations Officer Dr. Debra Davidson.
The PCHHI focuses on the type of care provided to patients and it changes the practice infrastructure to support the work of providing quality care. ACCESS’s Health Home Director Venice Green, RN adds, “The patient becomes the center of all we do. A care team composed of a doctor or nurse practitioner, a care manager, support nursing staff, and a behavioral health consultant are assigned as a team to each Medicaid patient enrolled in the health home.”
Although officially only Medicaid patients are enrolled in the health home initiative, ACCESS commits to providing the same quality care to all its patients.
“The Care Teams are beginning to see the outcome of Patient Center Care as our Chronically Ill patients are sharing their success stories of better control for diabetes, heart disease, weight management, smoking cessation, and overall good health,” states Green.
Patients are provided opportunities to attend classes on the processes of chronic disease and to learn self-management skills. Green adds, “We as a team believe education is the key to empowering the patient to make healthier life style choices which in turn improves the overall well-being of the patient.”
“Healthcare is ever changing and we strive to care for the ‘whole’ person as we move forward with the Patient Centered Health Home Model for our ACCESS Clinics,” states Green.
ACCESS Family Care (ACCESS), was founded in 1996 as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the purpose of increasing access to primary health care for those who lack medical insurance coverage. As an FQHC, ACCESS receives a 330 Federal grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care designed to offset the expenses associated with providing sliding fee discounts to patients who demonstrate economic need.
ACCESS Family Care—Anderson with both medical and dental services is located at 927 N. Business 71 Anderson. It’s open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with late hours until 7:00 PM on Tuesdays and can be reached at 417-845-8300. The dental clinic is located in the same building with the same hours, except they close at 2:00 on Fridays, and can be reached at 417-845-2273.
ACCESS Family Care—Cassville with both medical and dental services is located at 4016 North Main Street, Cassville, and can be reached at 417-847-0057. The clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with late hours until 7:00 PM on Tuesdays.
ACCESS Family Care—Joplin with medical, pediatrics, and dental combined in one location is located at 530 S. Maiden Lane. The hours there are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM and late hours until 7:00 PM on Tuesdays. For medical appointments call 417-782-6200 and for dental appointments call 417-782-0080.
ACCESS Family Care—Neosho, medical services only, is located at 412 East McKinney, Neosho, and can be reached at Phone: 417 451-4447. The clinic is open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM with late hours until 7:00 PM on Tuesdays.
ACCESS Family Care’s administrative offices are located at 4301 Doniphan Drive in Neosho, Missouri, and the phone number is 417-451-9450.
“One of the special characteristics of community health centers is that they work to increase wellness in the communities they serve. We are highly regulated, we monitor and report on patient health outcomes, and we meet high standards for excellent care,” comments Chief Executive Officer Don McBride.
“Missouri ranks as one of the nation’s unhealthiest states. ACCESS is working hard and with patient cooperation, we’re making a difference and improving wellness in our communities. That’s our job,” adds McBride.