Our MHVS Primary Care and Specialty Care network emcompasses 32 locations and 130 providers with 272,600 patient visits a year. We continue to add specialty practices to our network to expand our services to our community.
Adirondack Community Physicians and St. Elizabeth Medical Group are now MVHS Medical Group.
Although the name MVHS Medical Group replaces the names of Adirondack Community Physicians (ACP) and St. Elizabeth Medical Group, patients and their families will see few, if any, changes. They will still see their same physicians and providers at the same locations. Patients may also continue to use their online patient portals.
Setting up the practices to be more accessible to patients with pro-active follow up means healthier patients, who have fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits in the long run.
An advantage of the larger group is our ability to have office locations and provide services throughout the Mohawk Valley. Future goals include looking at areas that are underserved, lacking primary care providers, and expanding our reach to make primary and specialty care more accessible. Another advantage is the relationship with the SEMC Family Medicine Residency Program. Working with physicians who are completing their residency in our area at one of our affiliated hospitals provides us with increased opportunities for physician recruitment.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Several of our medical offices are accredited as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The recognition notes their use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term provider/patient relationships.
The PCMH model of care holds significant promise for better healthcare quality, improved involvement of patients in their own care and a reduction of avoidable treatments and costs over time and promotes partnerships between each patient and his/her provider. The provider manages the office visit and works with referral physicians throughout the treatment of the patient. It is anticipated that the entire MVHS medical group will be moving to this model of care.