Samaritan Clinics Receive NYS PCMH 2017 Annual Recognition

As of July 7, 2019, Samaritan Medical Center’s eight primary care clinics received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a NYS Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practice at the 2017 standard, the most recent standard available.

Samaritan’s Adams Family Health Center.

This recognition is given to practices in NYS that meet a rigorous set of qualifications within six concept areas:

  1. Team-Based Care and Practice Organization
  2. Knowing and Managing Your Patients
  3. Patient-Centered Access and Continuity
  4. Care Management and Support
  5. Care Coordination and Care Transitions
  6. Performance Measurement and Quality Improvement

The principles of patient-centered care align with the momentum toward value-based payment, and ensuring that patients get the right care at the right time, at the right place.

Samaritan Medical Center received its first PCMH recognition in 2011. This is their second time receiving the NYS PCMH 2017 recognition, the NYS-specific program that is built upon the NCQA PCMH model and which was rolled out in April 2018. All eight of Samaritan’s primary care sites (listed below) are recognized:

  • Adams Family Health Center
  • Cape Vincent Family Health Center
  • Clayton Family Health Center
  • Graduate Medical Education Family Health Center (Watertown)
  • Lacona Family Health Center
  • Leray Family Health Center
  • Plaza Family Health Center (Watertown)
  • Sackets Harbor Family Health Center

Since 2010, FDRHPO has assisted primary care practices in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties achieve PCMH recognition. FDRHPO’s team of Practice Transformation specialists work closely with partnering practices to navigate the recognition process, from policy formation and adoption, to workflow transformation, and formal submission for recognition.

For more information about FDRHPO’s Practice Transformation services and team, visit our Practice Transformation page. For more information about NYS PCMH, click here. To learn more about Samaritan’s primary care clinics, visit

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