October 23, 2019
Coleman Medical Associates (CMA) was recently awarded a Letter of Commendation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the clinic’s efforts to enhance the quality of care and improve the health status of Medicare patients.
This commendation is the highest honor awarded to clinicians participating in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPi), a national program established by CMS in 2015.
The award places CMA in the top 15 percent of the 140,000 clinicians participating in the program.
“We entered the program with an advantage,” said Michelle Burdick, RN, “because we had already established a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Medical Home Program and a Chronic Care Management Program at the clinic. This award is an indication that our staff is continuing to doing a good job with both initiatives.”
The Medical Home Program is a model of healthcare delivery that allows the staff of CMA to work with patients to assess their health, address specific problems and concerns. The Chronic Care Management Program focuses on coordination of care for patients with two or more chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.
Burdick is responsible for the development and management of the Chronic Care Program at CMA.
“It’s a team effort,” said Burdick. “All of our physicians, nurse practitioner, nurses and other staff work together to enroll patients in these programs, and work in partnership with our patients to improve their health status. As a result, we are able to demonstrate that our patients receive the services they need to get healthy and stay healthy, such as mammograms, vaccines, tobacco education and other preventive services.”
“I am really proud of the staff at CMA,” said Darron Atwood, MD. “Everyone at the clinic works hard to exceed the expectations of our patients,” he noted, “as well as the expectations of CMS.”