Recognizing PCMH Practices and CCTs

Published on February 9, 2015 by

On February 5th, Maine Quality Counts was pleased to participate in special activities recognizing the commitment and hard work of Maine’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices and Community Care Teams (CCTs). That morning, PCMH and CCT providers woke up to a ½ page ad in the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News recognizing them as “Health Care Heroes” and thanking them for transforming primary care in Maine. In the evening, they joined with the staff from QC and fellow PCMH convener organizations to enjoy a celebratory dinner, hear an address from national patient-centered care pioneer Yul Ejnes, MD and receive certificates of recognition.

Mid Coast Health staff with QC Executive Director Lisa Letourneau

Mid Coast Health staff receive certificates of appreciation from QC Executive Director Lisa Letourneau

PCMH practices and CCTs are real innovators, taking on the risks and responsibilities of piloting new models of patient care that reach beyond the traditional office visit. They agree to take on extra work and submit to stringent standards of care all in the cause of putting the needs of patients first. Many PCMH practices have introduced new staff members, like nutritionists, social workers and nurse care managers that make primary care offices virtual one-stop-shops for health. Community Care Team members work hand-in-hand with these practices to proactively help individual patients overcome major barriers to health and health care. They accompany patients to visits, help manage medications, arrange for transportation and even help families find safe housing. Together, PCMH practices and CCTs are introducing a more integrated and collaborative system of care that early evaluation results suggest is improving patient outcomes and reducing health care costs.

All of us at Maine Quality Counts join in thanking these practices and care teams for their unswerving dedication and courageous efforts. They are truly Maine’s health care heroes!


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