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New evaluation program to weave clinics into network of patient-centered care

BY Antoinette Alexander

WASHINGTON — The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced on Wednesday the launch of its newest evaluation program, Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition. The program responds to the growing number of choices available to consumers selecting care beyond a traditional primary care physician, such as retail-based health clinics.

Patient-Centered Connected Care recognizes ambulatory care providers that communicate and connect with primary care providers as they deliver care to shared patients. As more Americans receive care in nontraditional settings — retail-based clinics, urgent care centers, onsite employee health and school-based clinics — coordination of care can suffer, according to the NCQA.

Payers and states are increasingly rewarding practitioners who provide improved patient care and cost savings. The patient-centered medical home model of care — one in which care is centrally coordinated and tracked by one primary care provider — has become the standard by which primary care can achieve better patient care and lower costs.

The Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition Program aligns with that model. It creates a roadmap for how sites delivering intermittent or outpatient treatment — but do not act as a primary care provider for a majority of its patients — can fit into the medical home neighborhood. Sites that demonstrate they follow NCQA Patient-Centered Connected Care standards are positioned to earn an NCQA seal.

“I commend organizations who adopt this model,” stated NCQA president Margaret O’Kane. “Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition is a giant leap to reform health care delivery because it includes ambulatory care settings as well as other medical providers outside of primary and specialty care in the connected and coordinated care community.”

Program Requirements

Sites that meet the following standards can earn the NCQA seal —

  • Connecting With Primary Care: The site connects with and shares information with primary care providers.
  • Identifying Patient Needs: The site directs patients to appropriate providers, when necessary.
  • Patient Care and Support: The site uses evidence-based decision support in care delivery, collaborates with patients to make care decisions and delivers culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • System Capabilities: The site uses electronic systems to collect data and execute tasks.
  • Measure and Improve Performance: The site systematically monitors performance and carries out activities to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.
     

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Publix names prominent Ernst & Young retiree to board

BY Michael Johnsen

LAKELAND, Fla. – During its annual stockholders’ meeting Tuesday, Tom Hough was elected to Publix Super Markets’ board of directors, the company announced.
 
“We are pleased to have Tom join the Publix board,” said Publix chairman Charlie Jenkins Jr. “His impressive accounting background and career spent at Ernst & Young will make him a strong addition to our board.”
 
Hough’s career at Ernst & Young spanned 36 years prior to his retirement in 2014. He joined Ernst & Young in 1978 as a staff member and became partner in 1987. Hough led various teams across the firm including serving as vice chair and Southeast Area managing partner from 2000-2009 based in Atlanta and vice chair of assurance from 2009-2014. During his time in Atlanta, he served as a Trustee of the Woodruff Arts Center, member of the Executive Committee of the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce and held various roles in United Way campaigns for Atlanta. He continues to be a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta.
 
After 12 years of dedicated service, Sherrill Hudson was honored at the stockholders’ meeting and presented with a resolution to recognize his many contributions to the company.
 
“We are thankful for Sherrill’s dedicated service to our Board,” said Jenkins Jr. “His strong financial background and business experience contributed substantially to our growth and success. Sherrill’s leadership and legacy of service will always be remembered.”
 
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Weis Markets promotes two category managers

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. – Weis Markets on Monday named Michelle Dorin (pictured left) director of dairy, frozen, specialty foods and beer and that it has promoted Maria Panko to director of marketing and private brands.
 
Prior to the move, Dorin was the company’s director of pricing. In her new role, she oversees all aspects of the company’s category management and sales building programs for dairy, frozen, beer, specialty food, including organic, gluten free and natural. Dorin joined the company in 1987. She subsequently worked as a buyer, category manager and oversaw specialty foods earlier in her career.
 
She reports to Kevin Broe, VP center store sales and merchandising.
 
Panko, who worked as senior private brands manager prior to her promotion, will oversee the company’s marketing programs, including loyalty marketing, digital marketing and social media. She will also retain her private brand responsibilities.
Prior to her promotion, she also oversaw specialty foods and beer. Panko joined the company in 2006 as a marketing analyst. She subsequently worked for Daymon Worldwide and later rejoined the company as a category manager.
 
She reports to Brian Holt, VP marketing.
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