RMC Primary Care Practices Receive National Certification
Opioid monitoring program, new patient services offered
The Regional Medical Center (RMC) primary care practices received national certification as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that enhance care.
“All eight of the RMC Primary Care practices located in Orangeburg, Calhoun and Bamberg counties have been recognized as NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homes for delivering high quality care that research has shown can lead to lower costs, improved patient experience and better health outcomes,” said RMC Vice President of Physician Practices Chuck Mewshaw. “We are very proud of our staff for achieving this recognition that ultimately benefits our patients.”
The Level 3 recognition is the highest given by the NCQA. This means that RMC Primary Care practices have demonstrated excellence and received high scores in six critical areas of patient care. Those areas are: Access, Team Care, Population Management, Care Planning, Referral Management and Quality Improvement.
Certification lasts for three years. Patients who receive their care at a PCMH can expect open access to care. They can also expect an emphasis on preventative and screening services, which help keep patients healthier through earlier detection of health issues, and better management of chronic conditions. PCMH puts patients at the center of their care and encourages them to take an active role in decisions about the care they receive.
GuideMed® Prescription Narcotic Monitoring Program
Four of the RMC Primary Care practices are currently implementing the GuideMed® Prescription Narcotic Monitoring Program, made possible through a grant from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The GuideMed® program provides customized computer software and personnel to monitor opioid prescription dosage and patient behaviors that could lead to addiction.
“The GuideMed® program is unique because it focuses on preventing opioid dependency before patients become addicted,” said Mewshaw.
The software is monitored by a GuideMed® nurse who assesses patients for risk of misuse, discusses medications with the patient, and provides patient education, support and treatment plans. Currently, this program is being piloted in the RMC Primary Care practices in Bamberg, The Village (Orangeburg), Edisto (Orangeburg) and Holly Hill, with plans to expand to all eight primary care practices in the future.
FREE Medicare Visits
RMC primary care offices provide FREE Medicare Wellness Visits to eligible patients covered by Medicare.
Available at any of the eight RMC Primary Care offices located throughout the tri-county area, this important visit is provided annually at no cost to the patient. During the visit, the patient receives a complete physical examination and the opportunity to ask their healthcare provider questions about their health.
RMC has two offices in Orangeburg, RMC Primary Care - Edisto Practice and RMC Primary Care - The Village, as well as RMC Primary Care offices in Bamberg, Branchville, Denmark, Holly Hill, North and St. Matthews.
To schedule a free Medicare wellness visit or an appointment at any RMC Primary Care practice, call (803) 395-4631, or toll-free in S.C. at (800) 476-3377, ext. 4631.
About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties
Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, the Regional Medical Center (RMC) healthcare system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital accredited by The Joint Commission with Advanced Primary Stroke Center certification and a Level III Trauma Center designation, as well as 22 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC is affiliated with MUSC Health, the most nationally recognized and comprehensive academic teaching facility in South Carolina, to further enhance select healthcare services for patients in the region.