COOKEVILLE, Tenn. — Cookeville Primary Care Associates has received the highest possible recognition for care quality offered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Level III patient-centered medical home achievement demonstrates the commitment that Cookeville Primary Care makes each day in its approach to patient care through the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) partnership with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

“What we’ve seen across the board with our medical homes is the positive impact they have on care quality and improved patient outcomes,” said Jason Ross, director of physician network operations at BlueCross. “We’re seeing enhanced communication across the care team and improved coordination of the right care at the right time and in the right setting. Reaching PCMH Level III recognition is extremely difficult and we can’t say enough good things about the physicians and care teams at Cookeville Primary Care doing all the tough work to make this care model a real, sustainable success for our members.”

Cookeville Primary Care Associates joined the BlueCross PCMH model in the spring of 2009. It was one of the first practices to join an early pilot group. Currently BlueCross’ program is the largest in the state, with 29 participating practices, 60 sites and impacting more than 40,000 members.

In the BlueCross PCMH model, physicians partner with their patients for whole-person care. Treatment is better facilitated through technology, personal coordination and an active conversation between physicians, other members of the care team and most importantly, the patient. Improvements focused on proactive, preventative medicine, management of chronic conditions, adherence to medication, access to primary care rather than emergency care , and discussions about lifestyle changes and risk factors, are just a few of the things this model brings to the table.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished,” said Dr. Harold Chertok of Cookeville Primary Care Associates. “Every day we see patients that are receiving well-coordinated, high quality care, but receiving this recognition further validates all our efforts and confirms we’re offering our patients the best services and clinical support possible.” The NCQA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality and is widely recognized as the standard for quality in health care. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system.

About Cookeville Primary Care Associates

A family practice focused on whole patient care, Cookeville Primary Care’s leading physicians bring more than 55 years of experience to their patients. Opened in 2000, they consistently receive accolades for offering top quality scores and their focus continues to be the best patient outcomes. In addition to being recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a patient-centered medical home, the practice is affiliated with the Practice Partner Research Network at the Medical University of South Carolina and they are founding members of the Cumberland Center for Healthcare Innovation’s accountable care organization.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.