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McKenzie Providers Receive PCMH Designation

Nation’s largest PCMH program transforming primary care in Michigan

Sandusky, Mich. (July 21, 2015) – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated the following providers as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Practices for 2015:

  • Dr. Mark English at Lakeshore Internal Medicine – Port Sanilac, 810-622-9248
  • Dr. Matthew Gormley – McKenzie Croswell Clinic, 810-679-0012
  • Dr. James L. Sams – Peck Medical Center, 810-378-4900 and McKenzie Health and Wellness Center – Sandusky, 810-648-3229
  • Dr. Michael Merkler – McKenzie Family Healthcare in Sandusky, 810-648-9677

McKenzie Health System providers have received this designation, which recognizes a practice for excellence and efficiency in caring for its patients, for several years now. This designation period runs from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Blue Cross Blue Shield joins United Healthcare Community Plan, Priority Health and Meridian Health Plans in recognizing McKenzie Health System’s commitment to quality patient care through the PCMH Designation.

“Patient-Centered Medical Home means that the patient is no longer a silent partner in their care. Instead patients and their healthcare providers are a team,” explains Dr. Gormley.  “Your healthcare becomes a partnership between you and your care providers with your general practitioner organizing it all.  It is a long term approach for a lifetime of health”.

In order to earn the PCMH designation, providers must meet strict standards for quality, efficiency and safety.

In practice, the PCMH designated offices will help patients keep track of their appointments with specialists, tests, and prescription refills in order to assist them in meeting their healthcare goals. The strategy is to detect health problems early; when treatment options and outcomes are the greatest.  In addition, at McKenzie Health System, a Preventative Care Coordinator assists the PCMH certified provider’s office in identifying additional services a patient might need (such as transportation or dietary counseling).

“The current trend in healthcare is what is known as population health management,” says MHS President and CEO Steve Barnett.  “MHS has invested in the technology that will compile a patient’s data from various providers across the healthcare community into a virtual “dashboard” so physicians have a holistic view of their patient.  This is crucial to providing the quality healthcare people have come to expect from their MHS doctors.”

For more information, contact 810-648-6161 or visit www.mckenziehealth.org/PCMH.

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