La Rabida Children’s Hospital Earns National Recognition for Medical Home Program

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La Rabida Children's Hospital Receives National Committee for Quality Assurance Seal of Approval

The recognition demonstrates La Rabida Children’s Hospital has the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with quality care.

La Rabida Children’s Hospital recently earned recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its medical home programs, which offer high-quality, patient-centered, primary care to children with special healthcare needs.

NCQA named the hospital as the first independent pediatric facility in Illinois to receive its Physician Practice Connections-Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCC-PCMH) designation. The Level 2 recognition was the highest available for La Rabida Children’s Hospital at the time of application.

To qualify, the hospital had to prove it met the PCMH standards, which aligned with those of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other prominent medical provider organizations.

The AAP defines a medical home as “continuous, comprehensive, accessible, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective to every child and adolescent.”

La Rabida Children’s Hospital offers patients and families an interdisciplinary model for primary care. Its medical home programs are in the areas of prematurity, adolescent care, chronic disease including lung conditions, failure to thrive, and developmental delays.

Each medical home meets the NCQA’s key program components in the following areas:

  •     Written standards for patient access and enhanced communications
  •     Appropriate use of charting tools to track patients and organize clinical information
  •     Responsive care management techniques with an emphasis on preventive care
  •     Adaptation to patient’s cultural and linguistic needs
  •     Use of information technology for prescriptions and care management
  •     Use of evidence-based guidelines to treat chronic conditions
  •     Systematic tracking of referrals and test results
  •     Measurement and reporting of clinical and service performance

The recognition demonstrates La Rabida Children’s Hospital has the tools, systems and resources to provide patients with quality care, said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The patient-centered medical home promises to improve health and health care,” she said. “The active, ongoing relationship between a patient and a clinician in medical homes fosters an all-too-rare goal in care: staying healthy and preventing illness in the first place.”

This national citation highlights the quality of medical care La Rabida Children’s Hospital patients receive, said Jennifer Edwards, DrPH, a principal at Health Management Associates (HMA), one of the nation's leading health care research and consulting organizations. Edwards is an expert on child health care quality. HMA has led and supported the design, implementation, and evaluation of large-scale health programs for vulnerable populations, including those served by Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP, and programs for the uninsured.

“The NCQA has recognized La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s outstanding efforts to provide coordinated care to one of Chicago’s most challenging populations -- medically complex children,’’ Edwards said. “La Rabida is the only independent pediatric hospital to exclusively provide the full range of interdisciplinary care under one roof.”

Chief Operating Officer Brenda Wolf said the NCQA recognition further strengthens the hospital’s resolve for better medical outcomes at lower costs. “Our commitment has always been and continues to be providing the highest quality, coordinated care to children with special needs,” Wolf said. “The NCQA stamp of approval comes after many months of collecting and submitting hundreds of documents to substantiate and reinforce our holistic, comprehensive approach to care.”

The NCQA recognition is valid for three years.

About La Rabida
La Rabida Children’s Hospital, established in 1896, is a pediatric acute care hospital, specializing in the treatment of chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities. In addition, it operates nationally recognized programs for children who have experienced trauma and abuse. La Rabida provides family-centered, interdisciplinary care to 9,000 children with special healthcare needs each year at its lakeside location in Chicago.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit 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 is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.


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