Health Care: Petaluma, Santa Rosa clinics honored; WellFX to serve San Joaquin centers

The Petaluma Health Center recently received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for being a "Patient Centered Health Home" for the care provided to patients in Sonoma and Marin counties.

The federally qualified health center, or FQHC, was granted the "Level 3 Recognition," the Committee's highest mark, according to the California Primary Care Association. The Petaluma Health Center has been a part CPCA's patient centered health home initiative since March 2012. 

The "recognition is acknowledgement of the quality work that Petaluma Health Center staff performs every day. I am so proud of PHC achieving NCQA recognition at the highest level," said Teresa Tillman, the health center's quality director.

With health reform placing more emphasis on primary care, health centers have been encouraged to implement the patient-centered medical home model as a means of improving outcomes, and in turn lowering costs. 

The nonprofit health center, which has 170 staff members serving 19,000 patients, received the honor based on completing surveys detailing its policies and procedures, including strong partnerships between physicians and care teams to meet patient needs.

The National Committee on Quality Assurance evaluated Petaluma Health Center on the following criteria: access and continuity, identify and manage patient populations, plan and manage care, self-care, track and coordinate care, performance measurement and quality improvement.

Its survey application received a 96.25 percent score out of 100 possible points. The recognition period is from January 2013 through January 2016.***

Santa Rosa Community Health Centers was awarded The Joint Commission's "Gold Seal of Approval" for accreditation.

The Commission sets the standards that measure health care quality in America and around the world. Only 25 percent of federally qualified health centers in America have earned The Joint Commission accreditation.

The group of Santa Rosa health centers was also certified as a "Primary Care Medical Home," meaning the FQHC provides care that is well coordinated. It's the only health center in Sonoma County and the second FQHC in Northern California to earn the accreditation, officials said.

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