July 17, 2012

Health First Achieves Level III Recognition for Patient Centered Medical Home Performance


Health First, a TriHealth Physician Partner, announced today that its three locations have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for achieving the highest status attainable as a Patient Centered Medical Home.

The level III status means that all of the Health First practices have met or exceeded every performance standard measured by the NCQA to assess whether physician practices are functioning as Medical Homes.

Greg Noble MD

“Our providers and staff at Health First worked hard to transform relationships with our patients. By focusing on patients as individuals, rather than just treating the illness or condition that brought them into the office, we’re able to engage patients in their own health care,” said Gregory Noble, MD, a physician with Health First.

The Medical Home model provides participating primary care physicians additional reimbursement for coordinating the care of their patients with hospitals, specialists and pharmacists. This additional reimbursement allows physicians and staff to invest in better support for their patients who will benefit from active participation in their health and wellness through their lifetime.  Medical Home practices help patients with care management, and expect their parents to focus on disease prevention and maintaining good health.

With the addition of the Loveland, Mariemont and Mason offices of Health First and the Family Medical Group acquired on July 1st, TriHealth now has 30 physician practices with a Level III status.

“We are committed to helping primary care physicians succeed in the new health care environment,” said Will Groneman, Executive Vice President, System Development at TriHealth. “Patient-focused, preventive care and cost management are at the center of health reform, and transforming patient care to the Patient Centered Medical Home model helps us deliver that goal. Congratulations to the physicians and staff at Health First.”