A host of patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition programs have emerged to evaluate health care practices against integrated medical home principles. The three most well-known and widely used are:
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Recognition Program
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Medical Home Accreditation and On-site Certification
- Joint Commission (JC) Primary Care Medical Home Certification
Many states are adopting these standards to drive improvements in primary care practice. According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, as of December 2015, 23 states were providing enhanced Medicaid payments to medical homes;[i] 14 of these were multi-payer medical home initiatives. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which oversees the public health care safety net, has invested financial and technical assistance to facilitate PCMH recognition among federally qualified health centers.[ii]
Note: Accrediting bodies bestow recognition through accreditation, certification, or recognition; throughout this resource, however, we will refer to the process as recognition.
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[i] State Delivery and Payment Reform Map. (2015). National Academy of State Health Policy. Retrieved January 22, 2016, from http://www.nashp.org/state-delivery-system-payment-reform-map/
[ii] Selecting an Accreditation and/or PCMH Recognition Organization. US Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Retrieved January 17, 2016, from http://bphc.hrsa.gov/qualityimprovement/clinicalquality/accreditation-pcmh/selection.html.[/expand]
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