ACCESS Family Care 2012 Clinical Quality Award recipient

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Family Care has been recognized as a 2012 Silver Level Clinical Quality Award recipient by the Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA).

Nine Performance Measures were utilized to determine award level: Diabetes Control (Good/Adequate Control and Uncontrolled), Hypertension Control, Childhood Immunizations, Cervical Cancer Screening, Weight Assessment/Counseling Adults, Weight Assessment/Counseling Children, Tobacco Use Assessment, and Tobacco Cessation.

"Missouri's community health centers are not just talking about quality, but they are doing it. I'm proud of the fact that ACCESS is leading not only the state, but the nation as well," said Don McBride, ACCESS Family Care CEO.

The 2012 clinical quality award criteria was created using the 2011 UDS clinical measures and standardized national goals from Healthy People 2020, the National Quality Forum, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Health Centers recognized as silver level met or exceeded goals for six of the nine measures.

ACCESS met or exceeded goals in the areas of: Diabetes Control (Good/Adequate Control), Diabetes Control (Uncontrolled), Weight Assessment/Counseling Adults, Hypertension Control, Tobacco Use Assessment, and Tobacco Cessation.

"ACCESS works hard on achieving quality goals. Those goals translate into better health outcomes for our patients," said McBride. "This award tells our patients we carry their health on our shoulders. We want the best for them and we're working hard to make that happen."

ACCESS participates in the Missouri Federal Qualified Health Centers formalized quality improvement efforts, which began in 2006 with the establishment of the Missouri Center for Primary Care Quality and Excellence initiative in anticipation of an increasing expectation to quantify and demonstrate high quality care.

ACCESS Family Care was founded in 1996 as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) for the purpose of increasing access to primary health care for those who lack medical insurance coverage. As an FQHC, ACCESS receives a 330 Federal grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care designed to offset the expenses associated with providing sliding fee discounts to patients who demonstrate economic need.

ACCESS Family Care operates dental and medical centers in Anderson, Cassville and Joplin. Pediatric care is also offered at the Joplin facility, and a medical clinic is offered in Neosho.

ACCESS Family Care's mission is to provide health services to people who lack appropriate health care due, chiefly, to economic reasons.

MPCA represents Missouri's Community Health Centers and promotes the development of programs and systems that assist in the delivery of high quality, accessible, and personalized primary health care services to urban and rural populations across Missouri. MPCA advocates for policies and programs that assure access to health care for all.

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