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Celebrating Linda and Jess!

7 February 2023

Atkinson Family Practice is proud to not only be your Medical Home, but to also be recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home!


We are honored to have achieved this one-year renewable recognition status and are pleased to be the only practices in Amherst, MA. and Northampton, MA. to do so.  Linda Hegarty, Office Manager and Jessica Hawley, Admin Services Supervisor, spearheaded this task. We are so proud of the work they put into this achievement and hope you will join us in celebrating them! 


NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.


“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Atkinson Family Practice has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience, and increase staff satisfaction—while reducing health care costs. Practices that earn recognition have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.

Thank you Linda and Jess for all of your hard work! 

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