Six Alma Area Physician Practices Receive PCMH Designation
Six area physician practices were recently designated as patient centered medical homes (PCMH) by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Alma Family Practice, Broadway Health Services, Gratiot Family Practice, P.C., Gratiot Health Partners, Family Medical Care–Ithaca, and MidMichigan Health Park–Mt. Pleasant, were among 11 practices associated with MidMichigan Health to earn this designation. These medical practices are committed to providing health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person.
Patient centered medical homes provide comprehensive care for individuals and families. Each PCMH is lead by a primary care physician (defined as an internal medicine physician, family medicine physician or a pediatrician) and provides long-term coordination and management of patients’ health across all settings.
“Significant effort was contributed by the providers and staff of these practices and we are pleased to see this work recognized,” said Dan Sorenson, M.D., medical director for MidMichigan Health Network. “Their leadership in being among the early adopters within our communities to pursue this recognition is valued. Patients benefit from their commitment to proactively manage their care, engage them in self management and provide coordination of the services they require.”
Physicians within the PCMH designated area practices include: Paul Gruca, M.D., Jeffrey Holmes, M.D., and Scott Strom, D.O., of Alma Family Practice; Pankaj Jandwani, M.D., and Madhura Mansabdar, M.D., of Broadway Health Services; Vicki Chessin, M.D., Christopher Murray, D.O., and Gregg Stefanek, D.O., of Gratiot Family Practice, P.C.; Terry Ball, D.O., and Mary Slominis, M.D., of Gratiot Health Partners; Michael Stack, M.D., of Family Medical Care–Ithaca; and William Beebe, D.O., and Jeffrey Striebel, D.O., of MidMichigan Health Park–Mt. Pleasant.
As a designated PCMH practice, patients will receive the same great care with enhanced services such as:
- Individualized health goals with the physician and using a team-focused systematic approach to track appointments and ensure follow up on needed services.
- Effective and timely follow-up with patients on their test results.
- Active counseling, screening and education on preventative care.
- Coordination of referrals to specialists and providing specialists with patient information needed for proper care, such as lab work and test results.
- Self-management education and support to patients with chronic conditions.
- Clear documentation outlining the roles and responsibilities of the patient and physician in the treatment and prevention of disease.
- 24-hour patient access to a clinical decision-maker. Access may include extended office hours, telephone access and linkage to urgent care.
Additional family practice, internal medicine and pediatric offices in our region will be nominated in November 2012.
Those who would like more information about the physicians associated with these practices may call MidMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199 or visit www.midmichigan.org/doctors.
MidMichigan Health covers a 14-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alma, Clare and Gladwin, as well as urgent care centers, home care, nursing homes, physicians, medical offices and other specialty health services. MidMichigan has more than 6,500 employees, physicians and volunteers and provided $75.5 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2011.