TOMS RIVER, NJ – Two family practitioners on staff at Community Medical Center have received national recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from NCQA, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality.
Since the first quarter of 2009, Dennis E. Novak, MD and John A. Pino, DO have been participating in a project sponsored by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey to enhance the care patients receive on an ongoing basis. Part of this project included training and assistance in accumulating and submitting documentation to NCQA that allowed the organization to assess whether the doctors’ practice were functioning as a medical home and to recognize them for these efforts. The NCQA Recognition program is referred to as Physician Practice Connections® – Patient Centered Medical Home TM (PPC®-PCMH TM).
A PCMH is a physician office where healthcare professionals work as a team to provide patients with care that is individually determined to meet their specific needs. Healthcare team members strive to know their patients, as well as their preferences regarding care. The team also coordinates patient care with other healthcare professionals. As such, the practice becomes patients’ “homes” for preventive, chronic, and ambulatory care. Under this approach to healthcare, patients are important members of the team. They openly communicate with the healthcare professionals and let the team know when they need more direction and explanation about their medical care.
Examples of the NCQA PPC-PCMH standards that practices had to meet involved having readily accessible, clinically useful information that enabled the healthcare team to treat patients comprehensively; maintaining continuous relationships with patients by implementing evidence-based guidelines and applying them to identified needs of individual patients; collaborating with patients and their families to pursue goals for optimal achievable health; and seeking to reduce medical errors and improve efficiency.
Dr. Novak is in private practice on Lacey Road in Forked River. He earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. Dr. Pino, a graduate of Philadelphia Osteopathic College, operates a private practice on West Water Street in Toms River with Brad Hinkle, DO. Both physicians are accepting new patients.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Novak or Dr. Pino, call the Saint Barnabas Health Care Link at (888) 724-7123.
Date: January 19, 2010
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