Emory Transplant Center First in Nation to Earn Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition

Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP)Emory Transplant Center has been recognized as the first transplant center in the nation to receive the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Level 3 Recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). A level 3 status is the highest level of recognition a specialty practice can receive.

“We are so proud of this major accomplishment by the Emory transplant team,” says Thomas Pearson, MD, DPhil, professor of surgery, division of transplantation and executive director of the Emory Transplant Center. “Delivering patient-centered care has always been our mission, so to receive the highest level of recognition from the NCQA is especially rewarding.”

What exactly is the PCSP recognition?

The NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. After developing the Patient-Centered Medical Home model for primary care, the NCQA has extended the medical home concept to specialists. The PCSP model bridges specialty and primary care coordination – combining teamwork, information technology to improve patient care and the overall patient experience.

To earn NCQA PCSP Recognition, specialists must:

  • Establish formal and informal agreements with referring clinicians to exchange key information.
  • Maximize teamwork among care team members, including patients, families, and caregivers.
  • Provide timely access to care and clinical advice based on patient need.
  • Use a systematic approach to track patient information and coordinate care.
  • Include patients and family/caregivers in care planning and management.
  • Continually measure performance and patient experience to identify ways to improve.

What does it mean for our patients?

“This 14-month project allowed us to evaluate in detail how our center works, from the point of view of patients and referring clinicians,” says Pearson. “We look forward to utilizing what we've learned to continuously improve in areas such as communicating with our referring providers, tracking and managing patient care, providing access to care, and more.”

Earning NCQA PCSP Recognition shows our patients, consumers, private payers and government agencies that Emory Transplant Center has undergone a rigorous review of its capabilities and is committed to sharing information and coordinating care. Recognition also signals to primary care practices that the specialty practice is an effective partner in caring for patients.

Georgia's Most Comprehensive Organ Transplant Program

As one of the best organ transplant facilities in the Southeast, Emory Transplant Center is at the forefront of clinical excellence and pioneering new transplant therapies. We offer cutting-edge technology and superior outcomes in:

Our patients come from all over the nation seeking the highest level of expertise and a full-service organ transplantation program that only an Academic Medical Center like Emory Healthcare can provide.

Your Health Care Journey at Emory Transplant Center

Our team of skilled transplant specialists is committed to providing patients quality outcomes, as well as developing new transplant therapies. This is accomplished through our rigorous research and development programs that are seamlessly integrated into our clinical program.

Our core mission is to provide exceptional care for patients in need of organ transplants while offering access to the latest transplant technology. That mission extends beyond the care of today’s patients and also includes improving the therapies for our future patients.

  • Ranked 5th overall in volume among transplant programs across the nation
  • Performed more than 8000 transplants to date
  • All solid organ programs meet Transplant Centers of Excellence quality outcome criteria

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