NJ Top Docs Approved, Touchpoint Pediatrics, has been awarded National Recognition As a Highest Level Patient-Centered Medical Home!

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HOME TM Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 standards (most current for 2014) emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Touchpoint Pediatrics of Chatham, NJ and its physicians, Dr. Jennifer Shaw-Brachfeld of Chatham, Dr. Valerie Tom of Short Hills, Dr. Margot Kerrigan of Basking Ridge and Dr. Stuart Slavin of Whippany has received recognition as a level three (the highest achievable level) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011, (PCMH 2011) program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships.

The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication and has been proven to lead to higher quality and lower costs while improving the experience of care for both patients and providers.

The PCMH identifies practices that promote partnerships between individual patients and their personal clinicians, instead of treating patient care as the sum of several episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is tended to by clinician-led care teams,who provide for all the patient’s healthcare needs and coordinate treatments across the healthcare system.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 standards (most current for 2014) emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health”, said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that Touchpoint Pediatrics and its physicians have tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”

To receive recognition, which is valid for three years, Touchpoint Pediatrics demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements embodying characteristics of the medical home.The standards are aligned with the joint principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality.NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare 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 healthcare.NCQA’s Website (ncqa.org)contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed healthcare choices.