CFH at LifeWays achieves Patient-Centered Medical Home status

News release, Nov. 16, 2017

JACKSON, MI -- All six Center for Family Health medical sites in Jackson County are now recognized for advancing quality care, as certified by a national leader in health-care accreditation.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has certified the Center for Family Health at LifeWays as a Patient-Centered Medical Home at Level 3, the highest level possible.

That certification means CFH at LifeWays meets rigorous standards of patient-centered care also achieved last month by CFH's four school health centers and earlier this year by the Center's Downtown Facility at 505 N. Jackson Street.

"We are among an elite group of practices that demonstrate ongoing commitment to advancing quality in health care," said Kim Hinkle, Quality Improvement Director for CFH. "We are proud to put our patients at the center of care."

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a primary-care model with high standards of access, teamwork, and technology. Research shows it can improve quality, lower costs, and provide a better experience for both patients and clinicians.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of American health care. Its standards for certifying Patient-Centered Medical Homes follow principles established by the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Osteopathic Association.

CFH at LifeWays, 1200 N. West Ave., is a primary-care medical office operated in partnership with the LifeWays community mental health agency. It cares for patients 18 and older, regardless of whether they are LifeWays clients.