National Committee for Quality Assurance about to release new Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition standards

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National Committee for Quality Assurance about to release new Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition standards

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On March 24, 2014, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) will release its new standards for recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). A good summary is available here, based on NCQA's "sneak peek." PCMHs are new models for delivering primary care services that place a focus on interprofessional team-based care to achieve improved measures of patient satisfaction, reduced costs, and improved clinical outcomes. AOTA has been working on developing new roles for OT practitioners in primary care (more on that here), and practices that adopt the PCMH as their delivery model may present opportunities for OT to demonstrate its value in primary care. 

  • Glad NCQA has gotten on board with PCMH.  Joint Commission established a PCMH accreditation in 2011. See: www.jointcommission.org/.../default.aspx

  • Carol, the title of the post was perhaps not ideal. The NCQA recognition standards that are about to be released are really an update of their standards that were released in 2011. And the 2011 standards were an update of standards from 2008, so NCQA has been in the game for a while. It's interesting that the Joint Commission refers to the model as a "Primary Care Medical Home." I haven't seen that before.

    There's an interesting comparison of the two programs at the following link:

    www.jointcommission.org/.../compare_tjc_pcmh_ncqa_pcmh.pdf

    It looks like the Joint Commission has about 1,100 accredited sites.

    www.jointcommission.org/.../PCMH_org__list.pdf

    I can't find a national number for NCQA-recognized PCMHs under the 2011 standards, but their database lists over 2,600 in California alone. From what I've seen and heard, NCQA seems to be the dominant standard so far.

    recognition.ncqa.org/index.aspx