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Dec. 10, 2014 - USA Family Medicine Receives National Recognition for Quality Patient Care

FamilyMedicine01.JPGThe University of South Alabama Family Medicine Center recently was granted recognition on behalf of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The following clinicians are linked to this recognition: Drs. Robert Duffy, Tangela Atkinson, Michael Linder, Carol Motley, Gerald Liu, Allen Perkins, Shyla Reddy, Ehab Molokhia, and Janet Russell, C.R.N.P.

“Three years ago, the USA Family Medicine Center set out to transform the practice from physician-directed to patient-centered care,” said Dr. Atkinson, assistant professor and medical director in the Department of Family Medicine.  “Achieving patient-centered medical home recognition means we have raised the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients.”

NCQA Recognition Programs empower employers, health plans, patients and consumers to make informed heath care decisions based on quality. Participation in a NCQA Recognition Program demonstrates that the practice or clinician values quality health care delivery and the latest clinical protocols to ensure that patients receive the best care at the right time.

“It is important for us to demonstrate and document the quality care that we provide. External groups such as the NCQA allow us to do that,” said Dr. Perkins, professor and chair of the USA department of family medicine. “The USA Family Medicine Center’s recognition places us in a select group of less than 300 physicians in Alabama.”

The University of South Alabama Family Medicine’s recognition as a patient-centered medical home (PCMH), which is a way of organizing primary care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into "what patients want it to be." NCQA patient-centered medical home recognition is the most widely-used way to transform primary care practices into medical homes.

The USA Family Medicine Center is part of the USA Physicians Group practice which is comprised of the academic clinical faculty in the USA College of Medicine.

To make an appointment with a physician affiliated with the USA Family Practice Center, call 251-434-3475.

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