Blank Children's Specialty Clinic Earns National Recognition for Quality Care

Providers at Blank Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has received recognition as a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The clinic is the first pediatric cancer center in the nation to earn this distinction and the first specialty clinic of any kind in the state of Iowa.  

Earning NCQA Recognition shows that the Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center has gone through a rigorous review proving the team is committed to communication, coordination and providing simple steps for timely care. In addition, the clinic works well with primary care physicians to be an effective partner in caring for patients.

“I would like to thank the entire Blank Cancer and Blood Disorder’s Center team for this accomplishment,”  said Dr. Wendy Woods-Swafford, medical director of Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “Harry S. Truman said ‘It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.’ This simple quote encompasses our work. We believe in coordinating and delivering patient centered quality care for every patient we touch and we are grateful for this recognition.”

Blank Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center met or exceeded national standards for:

  • Communicating with primary care clinicians to exchange key information and establish coordinated care plans.
  • Providing timely access to care and clinical advice based on patient need.
  • Using a systematic approach to track referrals and coordinate care. 
  • Measuring and improving performance over time.

PCSP recognition is modeled on and complements NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition program. A medical home is a way of organizing primary care that uses teamwork and technology to improve quality, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic and Adolescent Clinic have both been recognized by NCQA as a PCMH.