New Hanover Medical Group to Partner in State Health Plan Pilot Program

June 25, 2015
WILMINGTON, NC - New Hanover Medical Group - NHRMC Physician Group is partnering with the State Health Plan on a two-year Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative that is designed to improve member experience, health outcomes and ultimately impact health care costs for state employees.

The self-insured State Health Plan provides health coverage to more than 680,000 teachers and state employees and is a division of the State Treasurer’s Department. New Hanover Medical Group was selected as one of only three in-state providers for the program that began May 1.

New Hanover Medical Group, a primary care practice affiliated with NHRMC Physician Group, will serve State Health Plan members in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. New Hanover Medical Group has been recognized by the National Committee on Quality Assurance as a Physician Practice Connections©-Patient-Centered Medical Home.

“We have worked hard to get ready for this program and are very excited to have been selected based on our excellent track record for serving State Plan patients in our region,” said Jeffrey Warhaftig, MD, at New Hanover Medical Group.

The NHRMC Physician Group is committed to providing the highest quality health care to residents of southeastern North Carolina. With more than 200 providers in both primary care and specialty fields, the NHRMC Physician Group’s doctors can focus on providing the best medical care to their patients while benefiting from the shared resources of NHRMC.

“Our goal is to improve members’ health and the quality and affordability of the care they receive,” said State Treasurer Janet Cowell. “Public private partnerships like the one between the State Health Plan and these local health care providers help us to better achieve our goal.”

A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a provider’s office that has received special recognition for efficient, coordinated, high-quality care centered on the patient. By developing a coordinated system of care for the patient, a medical home becomes the hub of that patient’s health care.

Specifically, the pilot uses a tiered approach in the payment of per member per month care fees to providers who meet specified infrastructural and quality standards with the opportunity to increase the payment over time by continuing to improve select clinical quality of care metrics. A unique feature of this pilot is the use of a collaborative approach with each health care system to identify opportunities for improvement and innovative solutions.

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