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Cape Cod Times– Community Health Center of Cape Cod has been recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care as a Health Center Quality Leader, according to a statement from the Mashpee-based health organization.
The center was one of just 13 health centers in Massachusetts to receive the award, which covers the 2016 calendar year.
Each February, the health center submits a uniform data submission report to the federal government, which includes a number of productivity and outcome measures from the prior year. For 2016, the outcomes ranked in the top 25 percent of all health centers nationwide for four measures: cervical cancer screening, adults screened for tobacco use, controlling high blood pressure and managing diabetes, the statement says.
The Bureau of Primary Health care is part of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Mashpee – Dr. Stephanie Prior, a physician at Community Health Center of Cape Cod since 2006, recently returned from Puerto Rico where she provided medical assistance for two weeks to residents devastated by Hurricane Maria. Stationed mostly in Arroyo, Patillas and Maunabo, Dr. Prior treated patients in clinics set up on basketball courts during the mornings and visited homebound patients in the mountains in the afternoons. Dr. Prior worked as part of a team from Heart to Heart International, an organization that strives to strengthen communities through improving healthcare access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief efforts worldwide using volunteers and partners.
Dr. Prior’s Heart to Heart team was comprised of five health professionals, including two physicians, a paramedic, a certified midwife, and an EMT. Dr. Prior’s primary responsibilities included providing and refilling medications and performing general medical triage. She also administered vaccines for tetanus and the flu. As Puerto Rico continues to experience interrupted telecommunications, including internet and cell phone use, Dr. Prior said she and the team drove around the neighborhoods to announce the times they would be available to see patients. “For the most part, everyone was really well taken care of,” Dr. Prior said.
This is Dr. Prior’s second time working with Heart to Heart, and she completed a trip to Haiti in February 2016. Dr. Prior remains steadfast in her humility insisting that we should commend the people of Puerto Rico for their optimism and tenacity during such a difficult time.
Mashpee – Community Health Center of Cape Cod has once again been recognized by the Bureau of Primary Health Care as a Health Center Quality Leader. The bureaus announced the awards in mid-August for Health Centers’ performance in calendar year 2016. CHC of Cape Cod was one of just 13 health centers in Massachusetts to receive the Health Quality Leader Award
Each February, CHC of Cape Cod submits a Uniform Data Submission (UDS) report to the federal government, which includes a number of productivity and outcome measures from the prior year. For 2016, CHC’s outcomes ranked in the top quartile of all health centers nationwide for four measures: Cervical cancer screening, adults screened for tobacco use, controlling high blood pressure, and managing diabetes.
The Health Center’s use of an electronic health record, and their focus on health maintenance and evidenced based standards helped them achieve recognition for the third straight year. CHC of Cape Cod is working to improve its rankings even further in 2017, with a goal to be considered for the National Quality Leader Award in 2017.
For more information about CHC of Cape Cod and its services, visit the Health Center online at www.chcofcapecod.org.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod believes everyone deserves accessible, affordable, high-quality care and is committed to expanding medical and behavioral health services for substance use disorder prevention and treatment. As a result, the Health Center’s structured and safe outpatient, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program is now available to the public. All individuals can participate even if they are not a registered patient of CHC of Cape Cod.
Since 2010, the Health Center has offered an office based opioid treatment program, and the overwhelming current need in the community has led to a significant expansion of this program. The MAT program at the Health Center involves the use of Suboxone or Vivitrol to treat individuals with substance use disorders. Vivitrol blocks the pleasurable feelings produced by using opioids and alcohol. Suboxone helps to diminish cravings, does not produce a high, and blocks or reduces the effect of heroin and other opioids. Participants in the MAT program at CHC of Cape Cod can count on care in a safe and empowering environment, development of an integrated treatment plan, access to comprehensive services at CHC, personalized pathways to recovery through consistent guidance and Medication-Assisted Treatments.
During weekly visits with a combination of certified physicians, registered nurses, behavioral health clinicians and support staff, the CHC team will assist patients with their recovery, supporting them both physically and emotionally. Education for maintaining a healthier lifestyle is an important step on the road to recovery, and this program provides individuals with the necessary tools to live a healthy drug-free and alcohol-free life.
Medication-Assisted Treatment services are available at all three CHC of Cape Cod locations in Mashpee, Falmouth and Bourne. For more information about the MAT program and Addictions Treatment at Community Health Center of Cape Cod, visit www.chcofcapecod.org/services/addictions, or call 508-477-7090 ext. 3106.
Click here on CapeCod.com to read about the Legislative Breakfast during National Health Center Week #NHCW17 where local leaders addressed the keys to healthier communities.
Legislators and Community health centers met in a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the importance of Prevention and Wellness Funding in terms of patient preventative and complex care. We are committed to reauthorizing funding in the State budget for the PWTF. To see a full Cape Cod Times article, click here.