August 28, 2015
Oregon Health Authority Certifies National College of Natural Medicine Clinic
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) now recognizes the National College of Natural Medicine Clinic, Portland, as a Tier 3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home—the highest level of healthcare certification granted by the OHA.
NCNM clinic recognized as top-tier patient-centered primary care home
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) now recognizes the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) Clinic, Portland, as a Tier 3 Patient-Centered Primary Care Home—the highest level of healthcare certification granted by the OHA. The state of Oregon established the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) model as part of the state’s health system transformation to meet a triple aim of delivering better health and better care at lower costs for all Oregonians.
A PCPCH is a healthcare clinic recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality, patient-centered care by promoting better coordination of care and clinical teamwork and a better understanding of the patient’s overall healthcare needs. Primary care homes reduce costs and improve care by focusing on preventive care, wellness, and management of chronic conditions.
NCNM Dean of Clinic Operations and Chief Medical Officer Regina Dehen, ND, LAc, noted that the PCPCH recognition of the NCNM Clinic is significant in a number of ways: “Receiving a Tier 3 Star is a noteworthy achievement—particularly for a natural medicine clinic. The vision of NCNM is to be the known leader in natural medicine education, and in becoming a PCPCH we are teaching our students the gold standard of patient-centered care. We are honored to be recognized as leaders in Oregon’s primary care practice transformation.”