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Updated: Children's Specialized Hospital pediatric practice earns 'patient-centered medical home' designation

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(Editor's note: This report was updated at noon Friday with additional information.)

Children's Specialized Hospital announced Thursday that its Pediatric Primary Care is the first special-needs pediatric practice in New Jersey to earn the “patient-centered medical home” designation.

The Mountainside hospital, part of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System, said in a news release that the National Committee for Quality Assurance has recognized it after an assessment of its standards of care and scientific evidence of success.

Patient-centered medical homes are a new model of care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care and patient experience, as well as reduce costs. Patient care is overseen by clinician-led teams that coordinate treatment across the practice or system.

“The PCMH designation recognizes our commitment to providing children access to coordinated, quality care, and shows we are committed to continuously improving the practice so our patients and their families may benefit even more,” Dr. Matthew B. McDonald III, chief of special needs pediatrics, Children’s Specialized Hospital, said in a prepared statement.

“In addition, being a patient-centered medical home means we can better support our patients’ families beyond the walls of our practice, especially in navigating the complexities of the network of care our medically involved patients face on a daily basis.”

Pediatric Primary Care at Children’s Specialized Hospital treats approximately 1,600 children with complex physical and mental health needs each year, it said.

It will hold the patient-centered medical home designation for two years, then go through a reassessment process.


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