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Rochester Business Journal
September 7, 2010

Twenty-one Rochester-area primary care doctors taking part in a local medical home pilot project have been accredited as patient-centered “medical homes” by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, officials of area insurance carriers sponsoring the project said.

The patient-centered medical home is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family.

Receiving the stamp of approval are:

  • Geoffrey Morris M.D., Ann Shamaskin M.D. and David Dobrzynski M.D. of the University of Rochester Primary Care Network’s Pulsifer Medical Associates in Brighton;
  • Joseph DiPoala Jr. M.D., Nancy Shedd M.D., Robert Caifano M.D. , Robert Thomson M.D., Sara Zaka M.D., and Shelly Kane M.D. of Ridgeview Internal Medicine Group LLP in Irondequoit;
  • Sheryl Holley M.D., Michael Nazar M.D. and Shazia Janmuhammad M.D. of Unity Family Medicine at St. Bernard’s in Rochester; 
  • John Bank M.D., William Pum M.D., Scott Stratton-Smith M.D. and Sue-Ann Novak M.D. of Unity Family Medicine at Chili Center in Chili;
  • William Bayer M.D. of Jefferson Family Medicine in Rochester;
  • Robert Smith M.D. of Finger Lakes Family Care in Canandaigua; and
  • Mark Cohen M.D., Harneet Kohli M.D. and Catherine McPhee M.D. of the Lifetime Health Medical Group’s Perinton Health Center in Perinton.

The Rochester-area medical home pilot is one of those in progress nationwide. It is being sponsored by MVP Health Care and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, which have upped reimbursements for participating physicians to allow the doctors to meet medical home requirements.

National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private non-profit dedicated to improving U.S. medical care standards. It developed the medical home model for primary care with the help of physician organizations including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

The committee requires groups seeking medical home certification to meet 10 standards. Those include improved doctor-patient communication, systems for chronic disease care management, systems to help patients manage their own care and full implementation of electronic medical records.           

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Jeremy Engdahl-Johnson at 5:53:02 PM on 9/8/2010
Medical homes face a public awareness problem. The solution? Scenarios that work.

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