SIU Pediatrics' Clinic Earns National Recognition
The Department of Pediatrics’ Primary Care Clinic at Southern Illinois University Medicine has earned a new status: Patient-Centered Medical Home. The recognition, awarded by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, signifies that the Springfield practice has met quality standards and taken steps to reduce costs and improve patient and staff satisfaction. The clinic received the highest level of recognition, Level 3.
“This designation means our patients are consistently receiving the best, evidence-based, comprehensive care available,” said SIU Medicine Department of Pediatrics Professor and Chair Doug Carlson, MD. Research has shown that Patient-Centered Medical Homes reduce hospital and emergency department visits, reduce health care disparities and improve patient outcomes. Patient-Centered Medical Homes also provide direct benefits to parents and children including:
- Personalized, whole-person care to manage children’s physical and mental health needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care
- Medication reviews to help families understand and track prescription medications
- Coaching and advice to help families follow their health plans and reach their goals
- Enhanced technology, including email and after-hours phone calls, to ensure parents and adolescents can readily access their health information
- Greater, more organized access to care, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services and long-term care supports
SIU Pediatrics’ designation reflects a national shift from a volume-based payment system to a value-based system. Using the medical home framework, families are more likely to seek the right care, at the right time, in the right place. “With better coordinated care, providers are less likely to duplicate tests, labs or procedures, and patients are less likely to visit the ER or delay treatment,” said Carlson. “It’s a win-win for patients and providers.”
Matt Dunmire, a licensed practical nurse, led SIU Pediatrics in the transition to a Patient-Centered Medical Home. “Knowing that we’re taking the right steps to make sure children in central Illinois can get the best care from the best doctors is an incredible feeling,” Dunmire said.
SIU Pediatrics is home to eight board-certified primary care pediatricians and a dozen subspecialties. To find a provider, visit www.siumed.org/peds. To make an appointment, call 217-545-8000.
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