Mt. Ida Earns PCMH Recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Healthy Connections Mount Ida (Montgomery County Community Clinic) has received the NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experiences 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 healthcare system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider-reported experiences of care.

To earn recognition, Healthy Connections Mount Ida 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.

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Healthy Connections To Provide Health Care At Franklin

Healthy Connections has been selected as the healthcare provider for the Franklin Community Health Complex in Little Rock.

The Franklin Complex, which will be housed in the former Franklin Elementary School Building, will bring essential health programs to the community. CHCA bought the Franklin building last year.

“The Franklin Project is really the culmination of everything we’ve done everywhere else in Arkansas,” said Healthy Connections CEO Tony Calandro. “There is a significant need in that patient population that surrounds the Franklin Project. When you look at that patient population, you’re looking at patients who have not been able to
access quality, affordable healthcare.”

Healthy Connections understands the need to be a part of the solution, to help eliminate health and social disparities in central Little Rock; we must go beyond doctor’s visits and checkups and have programs that deal with issues related
to poverty, violence, and socioeconomic inequalities.

It is our mission to bring health education, access, and equality to the community. This mission will be enhanced through a public-private partnership that will include healthcare practitioners, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and small business

To kick off the project, Community Health Centers of Arkansas is hosting Franklin Formal, a benefit event at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock on Friday, Sept. 28. The black tie, masquerade ball will honor U.S. Sen. John Boozman and community leader Muskie Harris.

Healthy Connections will be a part of the Franklin Formal, telling our story and of our involvement in the project, which is expected to open in 2019.

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