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BIRMINGHAM (March 14, 2013) – Pediatrics East, a Children’s of Alabama pediatric primary care practice with offices located in Trussville and Pinson, recently achieved the top-ranking Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Greenvale Pediatrics, with offices in Hoover, Alabaster and Brook Highland, also recently received Level 1 PCMH certification.
Pushing for evidenced-based medicine, PCMH certification requires physicians and staff to monitor and record every aspect of the patient’s care, including referrals, medication pick-ups, emergency room visits, diagnostic tests, shots and other services performed both within and outside of the practice. The goal is a team-based approach that provides comprehensive care for the patient. Using a standardized point system and six must-pass elements, the NCQA frequently checks the certified practice’s progress and results.
“The patient-centered medical home raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and partnerships between clinicians and patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. PCMH Recognition shows that these practices have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care at the right time.”
Pediatrics East was founded in East Lake in 1957 by Dr. Vincent Carnaggio, who was joined by Dr. Andrew Charles after five years of growth. Dr. David Glasgow and Dr. Don Palmer founded Greenvale Pediatrics in Hoover in 1974.
“Becoming a medical home is just a first step in looking at quality, outcomes-based care over quantity-based care,” said Dr. Gigi Youngblood of Pediatrics East. “We’re not looking at how many times a patient comes into our clinic, but how well the patient is doing, how well the patient has managed.”
Installing a patient portal system later this year, where patients can view their lab work, request appointments and phone calls, and chat live with the doctor’s office, will help qualify Greenvale for a higher-level certification in three years, according to Jeff Corbitt, Greenvale’s practice manager.
“It was challenging, but the time and effort our physicians and staff put into the change were well worth the increase in care we can now provide to our patients,” he said.
Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children across the state and throughout the southeastern U.S. since 1911. Children’s offers inpatient and outpatient services across its Russell Campus on Birmingham’s Southside with additional outpatient services provided at Children’s South and Children’s on 3rd. Primary care is provided at more than a dozen medical offices in communities across central Alabama. Children’s of Alabama is the only medical center in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, research and residency programs.