Decatur, Ill. – DMH Medical Group Physicians Anthony T. McCormack, M.D., and Timothy A. Miller, M.D., have been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections® Patient-Centered Medical Home™. Both doctors were awarded Level 3 recognition, which is the highest level in the program.
The program was developed to assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes and to recognize them for these efforts. The DMH Medical Group is among just three medical groups in Illinois that have received Level 3 recognition.
Both Dr. McCormack and Dr. Miller are part of the DMH Medical Group. Dr. McCormack practices family medicine at the Kenwood Medical Center, located at 102 W. Kenwood Ave. in Decatur. Dr. Miller practices family medicine at the Forsyth Professional Centre, located at 241 W. Weaver Rd. in Forsyth, and at the Maroa Medical Center, located at 114 E. Main St. in Maroa.
“The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a physician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care – staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place. This recognition shows that Dr. McCormack and Dr. Miller have the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with the right care at the right time.”
A patient-centered medical home is a model of care that strengthens the clinician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship. Each patient has a relationship with a primary care clinician who leads a team that takes collective responsibility for patient care, providing for the patient’s health care needs and arranging for appropriate care with other qualified clinicians. The medical home is intended to result in more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Osteopathic Association and others in extension of the Physician Practice Connections Program. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance
The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web and the media in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. NCQA is governed by a Board of Directors that includes employers, consumer and labor representatives, health plans, quality experts and representatives from organized medicine.
Decatur Memorial Hospital
Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois. Today, DMH is a 365-bed facility with nearly 2,500 dedicated employees and 300 physicians. DMH encompasses 12 state-of-the-art Centers of Excellence which focus on proven quality healthcare. In 2011, DMH was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters. For more information, call 217-876-2850.