James Valley Community Health Center recognized

COURTESY PHOTO James Valley Community Health Center, located in the Huron Mall, was recognized for its patient-centered Medical Home Program.

HURON — Horizon Health Care’s James Valley Community Health Center has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home Program.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. It was developed to assess whether clinician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts.

“From the moment a patient walks through our clinic doors, we strive to provide quality care with every interaction and to create a health care “home” for every individual,” said Lance Lim, chief medical officer. “We are pleased to be recognized by NCQA for our dedication to transforming primary care.”

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians (ACP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and others.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that James Valley Community Health Center has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.

NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota.

Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 community health centers in. Sites in this area include De Smet, Howard, Huron, Lake Preston, Wessington Springs and Woonsocket.

For more information, please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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