Gallatin, Tenn. — Sumner Medical Group received the second highest possible recognition for care quality offered by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The Level II patient-centered medical home (PCMH) achievement demonstrates the commitment that Sumner Medical Group makes each day in its approach to patient care through the 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 Dr. Daniel Barnett, interim chief medical officer 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 II recognition is extremely difficult and we can’t say enough good things about the physicians and care teams at Sumner Medical Group doing all the tough work to make this care model a real, sustainable success for our members.”

Sumner Medical Group joined the BlueCross PCMH model in the spring of 2011. Currently BlueCross’ program is the largest in the state, with 29 participating practices, 60 sites and impacting more than 40,000 members. “Sumner Medical Group is honored to participate with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee in their Patient Centered Medical Home program,” said Dr. Sid King, managing partner for the Sumner Medical Group. “For the last 10 years, Sumner Medical Group has been actively pursuing process, systems, and protocols which enhance quality. The successful delivery of quality medical care in the future is contingent upon partnerships of this nature.”

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.

“The medical professionals at Sumner Medical Group are committed to keeping pace with the changes occurring in medicine,” said Dr. Brian Stuart, medical director at Sumner Medical Group. “We continue to strive to earn the trust of the community, utilizing the latest knowledge, technologies, and methods of healthcare delivery.”

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 Sumner Medical Group

The mission of Sumner Medical Group is to provide the highest quality medical care in a patient-centered, ethical, and moral environment. Sumner Medical Group has been engaged in State of the Art Medicine for more than 10 years. Whether it is our latest software upgrade or our continued participation in methods designed to improve health care, our patients count on SMG to deliver the latest state of the art healthcare to their families. For more information contact us at (615) 230-8070 or visit http://www.sumnermedical.com.

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.