CARESOUTH CAROLINA AWARDED PRIMARY CARE MEDICAL HOME RECERTIFICATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION
CareSouth Carolina today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’sGold Seal of Approval® for Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification . The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting optional standards demonstrating a commitment to patient-centered care. The certification is a special add-on option for Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory care organizations.
CareSouth Carolina underwent a rigorous on-site survey in March. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with standards related to how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with patients to provide comprehensive, coordinated and patient-centered care.
Established in 2011, The Joint Commission’s PCMH Certification, awarded for a three-year period, encourages accredited ambulatory care organizations to ensure patients receive timely and appropriate treatment. PCMH Certification can potentially result in increased patient satisfaction, improved patient outcomes and reduced overall costs to the health care system.
In addition, PCMH Certification provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes needed to improve patients’ access to care. It also encourages these organizations to focus on educating patients and showing them how to self-manage their illness or condition.
“Ambulatory care organizations that pursue PCMH Certification from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering quality primary care in the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program, The Joint Commission. “I commend CareSouth Carolina for successfully achieving this certification and for its dedication to become a quality improvement organization.”
“CareSouth Carolina is delighted to receive certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Ann Lewis, CEO, CareSouth Carolina. “By achieving PCMH Certification, we are operating within a framework to provide better care that is coordinated and tracked to allow for an effective interdisciplinary team approach.”