Family Medicine Residency Program
Family Medicine Residency Program Achieves Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation
Practice model improves patient care and satisfaction while reducing health care costs
Bethlehem (6/16/2011) - The St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency program has achieved recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
A patient-centered medical home is a model of care that strengthens the physician-patient relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship, according to St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency program director Dr. Robert Langan. “This model is better for our patients,” he says. “It leads to more personalized, coordinated, effective and efficient care.”
To be designated as a patient-centered medical home, practices must meet specific elements among nine standard areas to achieve a level of recognition by NCQA. Only five percent of practices that submit application for this model receive a random on-site audit.
“This accomplishment is significant in that patients served through St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency program can be assured they are receiving superior health care,” says Joel Rosenfeld, MD, M.Ed, FACS, Chief Academic Officer, St. Luke’s Hospital & Health Network and Senior Associate Dean, Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine. “Practices that adopt this model have proven that they provide better access to comprehensive and coordinated health care and have excellent communication among their patients. This leads to a higher level of patient satisfaction and reduced health care costs.”
Congratulations to the staff, residents and faculty physicians at St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency for their concerted efforts in attaining this distinction.