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22 area health facilities earn designation

Twenty-two medical practices at MidMichigan Health have been designated as Patient Centered Medical Home Practices (PCMH) by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. These practices are improving health care quality by adopting the PCMH model of care.

Consumer Reports has described the Patient Centered Medical Home as “a doctor’s office that’s all about you.” With the PCMH model, primary care physicians (pediatricians, internal medicine physicians and family practice doctors) lead care teams that work with patients to keep them healthy. The practice takes ownership for coordinating all of a patient’s medical care and ensuring proper follow-up when a patient needs services outside the practice, such as specialist visits or hospitalization.
Patient Centered Medical Homes also place a higher emphasis on customer service, offering benefits such as:

· Extended hours
· Same-day appointments for sick visits or urgent needs
· A well-defined plan for after-hours care
· Electronic tools to request appointments and prescription renewals
· Tracking tools to proactively notify patients when they need certain tests or procedures
· Easy access to services such as nutrition counseling, education or support groups.

A recent analysis of claims data shows that PCMH-designated doctors are succeeding in more effectively managing patients’ care to keep them healthy and prevent complications.

The following practices received this designation for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014:

Broadway Health Services (Mt. Pleasant)
Family Medical Care – Ithaca
Family Practice Center (Midland)
Ithaca Family Practice
MidMichigan Health Park – Houghton Lake
MidMichigan Health Park – Mt. Pleasant
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Clare (Drs. Bremer, Khan, Morse, Su Ham, Vanderbrook)
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Farwell (Dr. Wertheimer)
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Freeland
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Gladwin (Drs. Antonacopoulos, Herdzik)
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Harrison (Dr. Jawed)
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Hemlock
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Roscommon
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Sanford
MidMichigan Medical Offices – Shepherd
MidMichigan Physicians Group Family Medicine (Midland)
MidMichigan Physicians Group Internal Medicine (Midland)

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