Houston’s Dr. Gary Brewton Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care
More and more consumers are becoming familiar with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the Washington, D.C. based non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality nationwide. NCQA provides health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers. Their Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations; it also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance.
In October 2014 NCQA announced that the medical practice of Dr. Gary Brewton has received the top quality award (Level 3) from NCQA. This NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) award recognizes Dr. Gary Brewton for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Dr Gary Brewton has the tools, systems and resources to provide his patients with the right care, at the right time.”
To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, Dr. Gary Brewton demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.