LR Integrated Health Care Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care

March 13, 2018

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has announced that Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits.

Primary Care Medical Director Dr. Farzad Sarmast, along with Joanne Coppola FNP, Kaelyn Tooley FNP, and Carol Kozik FNP, have been nationally recognized for providing outstanding patient-centered care. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care, formerly known as the Brownell Center, provides behavioral health counseling and medication management along with primary care at 1045 James Street, Syracuse. (pediatric services to begin Summer 2018).

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Liberty Resources Integrated Health Care demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.