The Autism center at Hospital for special care located in New Britain and Hartford is recognized as a first-ever Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for Autism Spectrum Disorder by The National Committee for Quality Assurance.
The NCQA said the designation means the hospital is committed to access, communication and care coordination.
Jennifer Bogin, who directs the autism program at the Department of Developmental Services, said the designation was important recognition for the work of the center, and the people associated with it.
Governor Dannel Malloy acknowledged hospital officials for having been
named the nation's first Patient-Centered Specialty Practice for Autism
In 2013, the center received a $3.6 million state grant for an electronic medical records system that was required for the specialty designation.
NCQA certifies patient-centered medical homes, which are focused on primary care and have a coordinated, results-based model similar to that of accountable care organizations.