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Honors for Ellis' primary care practices

Four of Ellis Medicine's primary care practices have received national recognition for their focus on a coordinated model of patient care.

The practices — on McClellan and Nott streets in Schenectady, and in Clifton Park and Glenville — earned a Level 3 recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) transformation. Level 3 is the highest level of recognition from NCQA, a nonprofit that accredits and certifies health care organizations.

"A 'Medical Home' is a team approach to providing personalized, comprehensive health care for each patient," said Dr. Dean Limeri, medical director of Primary Care at Ellis Medicine, in a news release. "Putting patients at the center of their care and encouraging them to play an active role on their care team is critical to achieving better health for patients and our health care systems."

The PCMH program recognizes physician practices that prioritize the physician-patient relationship, coordinate care for patients across various settings, and use a team approach to improve patient care. Applying for recognition is complex and time intensive, according to Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, a health care technology and services leader that provided Ellis Medicine with the coaching and technology to implement the program.

"In this age of health care reform, it's imperative that providers and patients work more closely than ever before to ensure the highest quality, most cost effective care possible," said Ellis Medicine President and CEO James Connolly in the release. "The PCMH designation recognizes the extraordinary job these Ellis Medical Group physicians and practices are doing to improve each patient's well-being."

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