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AltaMed Receives First-Ever Primary Care Medical Home Designation from The Joint Commission

August 19, 2011 - Press Release

The Nation’s Largest Independent Federally-Qualified Health Center Leads the Way for Patient-Centered Standards and Practice

(Los Angeles, CA) — AltaMed Health Services has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ in compliance with The Joint Commission’s standards for Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH).

While PCMH is a relatively new term in the health care industry, it is a practice AltaMed has used for a long time. Under the PCMH model, AltaMed primary care doctors work closely with an interdisciplinary team to support the patient and ensure comprehensive and coordinated care, treatment and services.

To earn this designation, AltaMed underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey the week of July 11, 2011. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated AltaMed staff for compliance with the standards of care that exemplify PCMH. “Organizations that pursue the PCMH option from The Joint Commission are demonstrating the highest commitment to delivering primary care in a comprehensive, coordinated and accessible model,” says Michael Kulczycki, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “I commend AltaMed for successfully achieving this pinnacle, the first using the accreditation option from The Joint Commission, and for its dedication to continually improving patient care.”

"This Joint Commission designation recognizes the hard work AltaMed employees engage in every day as they put our patients at the center of our organization. Following these practices also gives us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Cástulo de la Rocha, President and CEO.

“This designation recognizes the efforts our team has made to continuously improve the personal and coordinated care that we provide for our patients. PCMH creates an environment that allows us to work as a team and treat the whole patient—it’s the core of our organization and an accreditation we’re extremely proud to have,” says Martin Serota, AltaMed’s Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

The PCMH designation is a new Joint Commission option for accredited ambulatory care organizations, enacted July 1, 2011. AltaMed is the first organization to receive this Joint Commission designation.

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