Kathy Staples achieves certification as Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Expert
For release: 8/9/2013
Indianapolis, IN--- Kathy Staples, MBA, BSN, RN, patient-centered medical home (PCMH) operations manager at Community Physician Network, has received certification as a PCMH content expert through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Her two-year certification became effective on July 9. She is currently the only PCMH Certified Content Expert in Indianapolis.
“Kathy’s certification as a PCMH content expert is quite an accomplishment that brings fresh expertise to our organization,” said Leisa Hills, RN, BSN, clinical excellence director at Community Physician Network. “Her in-depth knowledge will assist us in implementing innovative and improved primary care models while working within the standards established by the NCQA.”
According to NCQA, the PCMH is a healthcare setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients, and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient’s family. Care is facilitated by registries, information technology, health information exchange and other means to assure that patients get the indicated care when and where they need and want it in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
In an effort to help practices and other interested parties identify experts with a demonstrated understanding of the NCQA PCMH Recognition program and to provide professionals with a way to validate their knowledge base, NCQA developed the PCMH Content Expert Certification (CEC) program.
“Certified NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Experts receive thorough training and demonstrate in-depth knowledge to assist organizations applying for NCQA PCMH Recognition,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane.
About Community Physician Network
Community Physician Network is one of the area’s largest multi-specialty medical groups, including more than 600 providers including primary care and specialty physicians, as well as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, in more than 80 locations across central Indiana. Community Physician Network is part of Community Health Network, which is ranked among thenation’s most integrated healthcare networks and includes specialty and acute care hospitals, health pavilions, surgery centers, home care, MedChecks, behavioral health and employer health services. Community Physician Network is dedicated to putting patients first, providing a full continuum of care that is easy for patients to use. To learn more, visit eCommunity.com/physician or call 800-777-7775.
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