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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: March 2010    CoxHealth Family Medical Care Center achieves recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home
CoxHealth Family Medical Care Center achieves recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home

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March 3, 2010

The CoxHealth Family Medical Care Center recently learned it has achieved recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a level three Physician Practice Connections-Patient Centered Medical Home (PCC-PCMH). Level three is the highest possible recognition level, and this is only the second recognized PCC-PCMH in the state of Missouri.

The concept of the medical home and a need for coordinated, accessible primary care has featured prominently in the national discussion of health care reform.

A patient-centered medical home is a model for care that seeks to strengthen the physician-patient relationship and coordinate patient care. "So many sub-specialists are involved with a patient's care today that you really need a home to go to and someone who's overlooking your entire course of care, your well-being. Medical homes have a lot of resources to support patients' needs and connect them with community resources including education, social services, those sorts of things," says Steve Edwards, CoxHealth executive vice president and COO.

"We've been working toward this recognition for over a year," says Dr. Tim Fursa, who chaired the committee to organize and apply for the PCMH recognition. "We always felt our clinic already had the elements of a medical home, and the process of getting this recognition has made our clinic even better."

"The message we hope to give our patients and the community is that primary care physicians are here to take better care of you," says Fursa.

The NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality, and is governed by a board of directors that includes employers, consumer and labor representatives, health plans, quality experts, regulators and representatives from organized medicine. To learn more about the NCQA and Patient Centered Medical Homes, visit

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