For the third consecutive three-year term, Watson Clinic has achieved Certificates of Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. These recognitions were granted to six Watson Clinic locations, including Watson Clinic Main, South, Highlands, North Pediatrics, Bartow, and Plant City.
“This recognition affirms to our community that Watson Clinic puts the patient at the forefront of everything we do,” says Watson Clinic Managing Partner Steven G. Achinger, MD.
In order to earn this coveted recognition, Watson Clinic was required to meet or exceed a series of strict standards and criteria. Evaluators looked for ongoing relationships between patients and their primary care provider, a smooth coordination of care among each member of a patient’s medical team, and a system to measure performance, set goals and improve upon the quality and cost-efficiency of care.
The NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home program was designed with input from the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other noted organizations. The program is an industry leader in evaluating and recognizing the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement. More information on the program can be found by visiting www.NCQA.org.