La Clinica earns recognition

La Clinica has been recognized by a national healthcare quality organization for its patient-centered approach to care. The recognition is the first for an Oregon community health center.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, notified La Clinica this week that its three primary-care health centers achieved Level 3 patient-centered medical home recognition. The designation is similar to, but more widely recognized than the Oregon patient-centered primary care home designation La Clinica earned last year for its community and school-based clinics, officials said.

Since 2011 La Clinica has been among about 500 federally qualified health centers taking part in a three-year demonstration project to evaluate the effect of patient-centered care in improving care, promoting health and reducing the cost of care to Medicare beneficiaries. Participants seek the NCQA recognition as part of the project.

Processes La Clinica has adopted include written care plans for patients, integrated behavioral health care, and reorganization of clinical staff into teams responsible for groups of patients.

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