Three UNC Physicians Network Practices Receive Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

UNC Physicians Network is proud to announce Highgate Family Medical Center, University Internal Medicine at Chapel Hill North and Pittsboro Family Medicine, each received recognition as Level III Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition distinguishes these practices because of their improvements and innovations in primary care.

Aug. 6, 2014

MORRISVILLE, NC—UNC Physicians Network is proud to announce Highgate Family Medical Center, University Internal Medicine at Chapel Hill North and Pittsboro Family Medicine, each received recognition as Level III Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This recognition distinguishes these practices because of their improvements and innovations in primary care.          

Practices that receive this  recognition have successfully met stringent standards of integrated care services based on the principles of whole-person care. This approach  covers a wide spectrum of patient focuses, from mental health to preventive care.  Practices with PCMH recognition  provide more convenient access to their services compared to other practices, with  shorter waiting times and enhanced  communication between patients and  their care team.

All three UNCPN practices earned the PCMH honor in part because of their relationship-based care that requires the engagement of patients in their healthcare. It is important that patients understand how the practice works and that both patients and the care team respect each other’s roles. Practices also encourage patient self-care to further engagement. Physicians fulfill this by teaching patients how to reduce risk factors and by helping patients set health goals. The movement into this new model of primary care represents UNCPN’s emphasis on building a healthy relationship between patients/families and their physicians.

“We are committed to providing a healthcare model that focuses on patient’s needs and teamwork in our practices,” said Dr. Robert Gianforcaro, Executive Medical Director for UNC Physicians Network.  “The PCMH process delivers positive benefits not only for the patients, but also the physicians and practices on many levels. Practices that receive the recognition are able to demonstrate measurable improvements in quality and value. As a network, our goal is to achieve the NCQA recognition for all of our practices over the next few years.”

For more information about UNC Physicians Network and our practices, visit unpcn.com.

Contact: Alan M. Wolf, alan.wolf@rexhealth.com or 919-784-4467

About UNC Physicians Network

UNC Physicians Network (UNCPN) is a member of UNC Health Care. UNCPN is a network of more than 36 practices and over 166 physicians and advanced practice practitioners who deliver a full range of primary care and specialty services to communities in nine counties throughout North Carolina.  UNCPN provides physician practices the operational support to allow them to do what they do best – provide quality patient care. Practices affiliated with UNCPN have access to additional operational support, specialty and subspecialty care providers and the health care system’s electronic medical records system. UNCPN practices are patient centered. Our physicians are trained to assist you in the detection, treatment and prevention of illness. Each practice’s goal is to help you achieve optimum well-being through education, anticipatory guidance and strategic medical interventions. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship with you and your family.

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