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January 16, 2020

NCQA Recognizes APLA Health as Patient-Centered Medical Home in LA County

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that APLA Health has received Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for its focus on comprehensive, coordinated care for its patients and clients.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is the benchmark for defining high-quality care focused on the patients. It emphasizes care coordination, health information technology, and access,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “This recognition shows that APLA Health as the resources, skills, and staff to be out in front in providing the best care for anyone who walks through our doors.”

PCMH recognition is an indicator that a health center is an advanced primary care practice and has undergone a transformation in quality and safety enhancements to establish a foundation for coordination of care across the care continuum. In addition to improved quality and safety, APLA Health offers extended hours, care management for patients with chronic illnesses, mental health integration and much more. This PCMH Recognition applies to all three APLA Health primary care service locations and is valid for one year.

About National Committee for Quality Assurance: NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more-informed health care choices. NCQA can be found online at ncqa.org, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at facebook.com/NCQA.org/ and on LinkedIn at linkedin.com/company/ncqa.

About APLA Health: APLA Health’s mission is to achieve healthcare equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We remain committed to ending the epidemic in our lifetime.  We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 18,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services at 16 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impacts the LGBT and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at aplahealth.org.