BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Premise Health, a leading worksite health and patient engagement company, has expanded its network accreditation through the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) with six additional Patient Centered Medical Homes, officials announced today.
The AAAHC Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation program measures individual sites of care against rigorous national safety and quality standards for primary care. It complements the AAAHC network accreditation program, which measures an organization's compliance with nationally recognized standards of care across all of its sites.
"We originally embarked on this journey to earn AAAHC accreditation in order to confirm the superior value of care demonstrated within our health centers," said Peter Vasquez, MD, executive vice president, medical operations, for Premise Health. "Through it, we have received an invaluable framework for evaluating our approach, validating our results, and reinforcing our mission to help people get, stay and be well. We're pleased to extend that same framework to our newest health centers and the patients they serve."
This quality improvement methodology has already proven to be successful. Recently, two Premise Health primary care centers were recognized as finalists for the March 2017 Bernard A. Kershner Innovations in Quality Improvement Award. This award is presented on behalf of AAAHC and the Institute for Quality Improvement for having developed, implemented, and demonstrated a successful and measurable quality improvement program.
AAAHC first granted network accreditation to Premise Health in June 2016, recognizing the corporate organization and designating 54 of its health centers as Patient Centered Medical Homes. This new announcement brings Premise Health's total number of AAAHC-designated Patient Centered Medical Homes from 54 to 60. This is the highest number of Patient Centered Medical Homes with this distinction in the onsite health and wellness industry.
"We approach the accreditation process as an opportunity to partner with top organizations to evaluate and reinforce their processes, so they can continue to provide the high quality care patients expect and deserve," said Dorota Rakowiecki, AAAHC director of ambulatory accreditation operations. "We work with a growing number of employer-based health care organizations, like Premise Health, who strive to ensure their approaches are effective and confirmed by the medical community."
Based in Brentwood, Tenn., Premise Health manages more than 500 health and wellness centers across the country. It serves more than 200 of the nation's leading employers, including a significant number of Fortune 1000 companies.
AAAHC is the country's largest accreditor of employer-based health care. To learn more about network and Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation, visit http://www.aaahc.org/en/accreditation/network_accreditation_program/.
AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), founded in 1979, is the leader in ambulatory health care accreditation with more than 6,000 organizations accredited nationwide. AAAHC accredits a variety of ambulatory health care organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers, office-based surgery centers, college student health centers, health plans/managed care organizations, military health care clinics, large medical and dental practices, and medical homes. In 2010, AAAHC launched Acreditas Global, an international accreditation program. AAAHC serves as an advocate for the provision of high-quality health care through the development of nationally recognized Standards and through its survey and accreditation programs. AAAHC accreditation is recognized as a symbol of quality by third-party payers and medical organizations, liability insurance companies, state and federal agencies and the public. For more information, visit www.aaahc.org.
ABOUT PREMISE HEALTH
Premise Health is a leading worksite health and patient engagement company dedicated to improving the cost and quality of employee health care. With more than 40 years of experience, Premise Health manages more than 500 worksite-based health and wellness centers across the country. The company serves more than 200 of the nation's leading employers, including a significant number of the Fortune 1000. Premise Health is a company of Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry. For more information on Premise Health, visit www.premisehealth.com.
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