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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic, including its Wallace Way clinic in Grandview, has received national recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and its employees work to provide the most efficient and cost effective health care for all 131,000 patients they see in Oregon and Washington while maintaining outstanding quality, according to officials.
That work has resulted in national recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
That organization has recognized all Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic primary care clinics, including clinics in Grandview, Prosser and Toppenish, as Patient-Centered Medical Home providers.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.
“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.
As such, Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic can focus on coordinating patient care for multiple chronic health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure in addition to addressing preventive care and non-medical needs.
“The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a new model for health care that delivers the most efficient and highest quality care,” said Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic CEO Carlos Olivares.
“Rather than having one provider, our clinics will arrange for a ‘care team’ made up of providers, nurses, behavioral health specialists, nutritionists and others to work together with each patient to improve their health,” he said.
“Our goal is to do everything we can to ensure patients stay healthy by preventing illness and disease in the first place.”
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Osteopathic Association, as well as other organizations in extension of the Physician Practice Connections Program.
“They make collecting patient feedback a priority, which keeps patients’ needs and views at the center of care,” O’Kane said.