First and foremost, the PCMH model is about better patient care. NCQA states, “Evidence shows that the PCMH model of care can result in reduced costs and healthier and more satisfied patients.” It is a model that works especially for patients with chronic and complex conditions. But we see the question about “Why PCMH?” and “Why PCMH recognition?” as being separate. Implementing the PCMH model of care doesn’t necessarily require you to get the “stamp of approval” from NCQA or another agency. Choosing to implement patient-centered care concepts – and foregoing recognition – in your practice may be the right fit for […]
NCQA is redesigning the PCMH recognition program. The 2017 PCMH redesign will be rolled out on April 3, 2017. In this new program there will be some key differences from previous recognition programs.
First, NCQA will be retiring the language of “Standards, Elements, and Factors” which outlined the program up until this point. The program requirements will now be called “Concepts, Competency, and Criteria.” See the images to the right for an overview of the six Concepts that will be reflected in the 2017 PCMH program.
Second, the “levels” of PCMH recognition will no longer exist. In order to achieve PCMH recognition […]
Health information exchange can be critically important for improving health care. Enabling health information exchange is possible but challenging for states and communities across the country. Oklahoma has an exemplary health information exchange that started locally and has expanded to serve much of the state. As stated on the organization’s website:
MyHealth Access Network is a non-profit health information exchange that links more than 2,000 providers and their patients in a community-wide health information system that will help provider’s better monitor and improve care to:
- Reduce health care costs associated with redundant testing, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits
- Improve care […]