WASHINGTON, D.C. |The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced in a statement that three Siouxland practices have earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition in October for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term relationships with patients and family members.

Those practices include:

• Emmetsburg Family Practice Clinic

• Family Health Care of Siouxland

• UnityPoint Clinic

According to the statement, these practices have demonstrated the ability to meet key NCQA requirements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards align with the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established by the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

"NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care that is focused on patients," said NCQA president, Margaret E. O'Kane. "By earning recognition, these practices show they have the tools, systems and resources to provide their patients with the right care, at the right time."

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home model of primary care combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients' experience of care and reduce costs.

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