WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) passed a major milestone in April, as the 10,000th medical practice earned NCQA Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The total number of PCMH sites now stands at 10,098.
Starting from 214 clinicians at 28 practices in 2008, when the NCQA PCMH program debuted, there are now 48, 617 recognized clinicians in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Government and private sector initiatives in 38 states have used the NCQA model to support the spread of medical homes.
The NCQA model is the most widely accepted PCMH model in the country. Research shows PCMHs offer patients better access to care and improved quality. That means:
- Clinicians enhance their patients’ access to care through expanded hours and electronic communication.
- Patients form long-term partnerships with clinicians, not a series of sporadic, hurried visits.
- Clinicians work as a team to coordinate care, especially for prevention and chronic conditions.
- Medical homes coordinate other clinicians’ care and community resources, as needed.
- Patients participate in decisions about their care to get better results.
In the past two years, NCQA has extended PCMH principles beyond primary care. In 2013, it added the Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) recognition program. In just the past few weeks, NCQA opened its Patient-Centered Connected Care™ program to providers such as retail clinics, worksite clinics, and school-based clinics.
NCQA is also making progress on a multi-year effort to redesign the PCMH program so it strengthens practice performance on quality, cost, and patient experience metrics; encourages increased investment in health information technology (HIT); and further aligns NCQA’s requirements with government and other reporting requirements.
To learn more about PCMH, visit www.ncqa.org/pcmh.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.