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UT Health Services achieves recognition for primary care

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011™ program recognizes UTHealth School of Nursing clinic

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The University of Texas Health Services (UTHS) has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance under the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011™ program.

HOUSTON – (June 9, 2014) – The University of Texas Health Services (UTHS), part of the faculty clinical practice at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Nursing, has been awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The clinic was recognized under the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011™ (PCMH 2011) program.

UTHS, which is managed and primarily staffed by nurse practitioners, is the first UTHealth clinical practice to receive NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition.

“The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of 21st century primary care that combines access, teamwork and technology to deliver quality care and improve health”, said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “NCQA’s PCMH 2011 Recognition shows that UT Health Services has tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care at the right time.”

The NCQA PCMH 2011 program was developed to assess whether physician practices are functioning as medical homes and recognize them for these efforts. Recognition standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

UTHS clinicians recognized under the PCMH 2011 program, effective for three years, are:

  • Thomas A. Mackey, Ph.D., FNP-BC, R.N.
  • Laura Rooney, D.N.P., FNP-BC
  • George Delclos, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Yogesh Reddy, M.D.
  • Angela Rutherford, FNP

“We are very excited about this achievement, and it is because of the efforts of Dr. Laura Rooney and Delyse Hart, two UTHS staff members, that we are being recognized,” said Mackey, who is director of UTHS and associate dean for practice at the UTHealth School of Nursing.  “We embarked on the journey to reach this recognition with the intent of emphasizing patient-centered care that is coordinated, comprehensive, accessible and with a systematic focus on quality and safety. We succeeded on the first try, which is extremely difficult to accomplish.”

“I am very proud that this distinction has come to UTHS, which has long been a national model,” said UTHealth School of Nursing Dean Patricia L. Starck, Ph.D., R.N. “Achievement of this recognition indicates our dedication to quality health care and to providing an outstanding learning environment for the nurse practitioner of the future.”

The NCQA PCMH 2011 program reflects the input of the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Osteopathic Association and others in extension of the Physician Practice Connections® Program.

“As a patient centered medical home, UT Health Services utilizes a team approach to health care, with the patient at the center of the team,” said Rooney, who is the clinical director of UTHS. “We partner with our patients to achieve their individual goals, and assist them with management of chronic disease through care management and planning. Our patients receive not only our primary care expertise, but we will help them to navigate the health care system while assisting with coordinating and organizing their care.”

Faculty nurse practitioners at UTHS are involved in patient care and clinical operations, as well as teaching at the nursing school. Appointments are available by calling 713-500-3248.

About UTHS:

Since 1990, UTHS has provided comprehensive primary care across the life span, occupational health, diabetes education and travel medicine services. Patients access UTHS through private insurance, private pay, or more than 40 organizational contracts. Each year, UTHS has about 12,000 patient visits.  UTHS is located at 7000 Fannin St., Suite 1620. For more information, or to make an appointment:  

About NCQA:

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. See:  

- Written by David R. Bates, UTHealth School of Nursing Communications

Edgar Veliz
Media Contact: 713-500-3030