The National Committee for Quality Assurance on Jan. 31 will issue new standards for its Patient-Centered Medical Home program.

More than 7,700 clinicians at 1,500 sites use existing standards from Washington-based NCQA in their medical home initiatives. The initiatives call for substantially better coordination across the continuum of care, anchored by a primary care physician and augmented with extensive use of information technology. Physician practices meeting the new standards, called PCMH 2011, will be well positioned to qualify for meaningful use incentive payments, according to NCQA.

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