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The Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital earns national recognition for specialty care

Paoli Hospital March 8, 2017 News Releases

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital, part of Main Line Health, has received NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition, for demonstrating that it connects the care it delivers back to its patients’ primary care team in a structured and timely manner.

“This recognition is a specialty version of a patient-centered medical home in primary care, and we are one of less than 100 oncology practices in the United States with this recognition,” said Michael Dabrow, DO, medical director of the Cancer Center of Paoli Hospital. “Receiving this designation exemplifies our commitment to providing our cancer patients with the best possible care at Paoli Hospital and across Main Line Health.”

NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition is awarded to sites that provide outpatient care for patients experiencing acute/episodic illness, but do not act as the patient’s primary care provider. The program is a roadmap for delivering evidence-based, patient-centered care that focuses on closing care gaps to ensure that relevant patient information is connected with the primary care physician. Its requirements also support communication with secondary providers, for patients receiving long-term specialty care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition expands best practices in the delivery of high-quality care by connecting care across the medical home neighborhood,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the Cancer Center at Paoli Hospital has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, while ensuring that care is communicated clearly and efficiently with the team of clinicians charged to manage their overall health.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, the cancer center earned the necessary scores across five standards and their corresponding elements.

The standards examine:

  • Connecting with primary care – The site connects with and shares information with patients’ primary care providers, and helps them find a primary care provider if they don’t have one.
  • Identifying patient needs – The site directs patients to appropriate providers, when necessary.
  • Patient care and support – The site uses evidence-based decision support in care delivery, collaborates with patients to make care decisions and delivers culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
  • System capabilities – The site uses electronic systems to collect data and execute specific tasks.
  • Measure and improve performance – The site systematically monitors performance and carries out activities to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

For more information about the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition, visit the National Committee for Quality Assurance website.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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