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Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Raises The Bar...
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group Raises The Bar For Patient Care
June 14, 2014
By Jay Mejia
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group has adopted a team approach combined with information technology to create an accountable “continuity of high quality care” to ensure that patients don’t fall through the cracks.
“Historically, patients were on their own after a doctor’s visit,” said Steven Weinrich, executive director of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group, Inc. “They’d be sent home and it was up to them to continue treatment or see a specialist. Now, we hold their hand throughout the entire process to make sure they do what they need to get cured or healed.”
The group of physicians, which includes Lee’s Summit Physicians Group for pediatrics and for internal medicine, Raintree Pediatrics, and Blue Springs Pediatrics, has created its own Patient-Centered Medical Home, or PCMH.
The PCMH is a proactive approach to delivering health care that focuses on improving care coordination, as well as preventative and wellness care, according to Weinrich. The PCMH approach brings together a lead physician and care teams, working with other providers, to engage the patient and closely monitor their progress. The “home” is the doctor’s office.
“In the summer and fall of 2013, we educated ourselves on standards and practices of the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” Weinrich said. “The system we put in place lowers the opportunities for errors and mistakes. Instead of having our 28 doctors and nurse practitioners doing the same thing 28 different ways, they have agreed to follow one set of standards for consistent, high-quality care.”
Last week, the National Committee for Quality Assurance issued a statement that Lee’s Summit Physicians Group has earned national recognition.
The organization, a non-profit independent group that accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations, lauded Lee’s Summit Physicians Group for creating a medical home to make sure patients are on track with their medicines, appointments and medical tests.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” NCQA President Margaret E. Kane said. “Recognition shows that Lee’s Summit Physicians Group has the tools, the systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, valid for three years, Lee’s Summit Physicians Group demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements for a successful medical home. Lee’s Summit Physicians Group achieved level three, the highest level of recognition. Most organizations are in level two.
“It’s quite difficult to achieve level three and is quite an accomplishment said Apoorva Stull, Communications Manager for the Washington D.C.-based NCQA.
“Achieving national recognition is no small thing,” Weinrich said. “We not only met the NCQA standards, we achieved the highest level of recognition the very first time we applied. We think that shows the strengths of our medical practice group.”
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group draws patients from a 100-mile radius in the Kansas Area. Last year, on the pediatric side, it had 30,000 patient visits.
Lee’s Summit Physicians Group is located at 1425 NW Blue Parkway, Lees Summit, MO 64086 816.524.5600 (pediatrics) 816.554.1918 (Internal Medicine) www.lsphysicians.com
Raintree Pediatrics is located at 995 SW 34th Street LSMO 64082 816.525.4700 www.raintree-pediatrics.com
Blue Springs Pediatrics is located at 1600 NW South Outer Road Blue Springs MO 64015 816.554.6580 www.bluespringspediatric.com