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CHC/SEK Clinics Earn National Recognition

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The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) clinics in Baxter Springs, Columbus and Coffeyville have received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) under the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program.

The PCMH model emphasizes care coordination and communication between individual patients and their personal clinicians. Each patient's care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care. The PCMH Recognition program identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, rather than treating patient care as the sum of episodic office visits.

The CHC/SEK clinics, located at 2990 Military Ave. in Baxter Springs, 120 West Pine in Columbus and 604 South Union in Coffeyville, achieved the recognition by demonstrating the ability to meet the program's key elements, embodying the characteristics of the medical home. In total, CHC/SEK has four NCQA recognized locations, as the Pittsburg clinic at 3011 North Michigan earned recognition in July of 2014. Only about ten percent of the nation's primary care physicians have achieved NCQA recognition.

“It is about providing the best resources and highest quality of care possible,” said Terry Schirk, Chief Quality Officer for CHC/SEK. “Recognition shows that we are committed to meeting and exceeding the NCQA quality standards to better serve the needs of our patients.”

“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 Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas has the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care, at the right time.”

For more information about CHC/SEK and their PCMH designation or to schedule an appointment, contact the clinics during regular business hours.

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