The National Committee for Quality Assurance has introduced a patient-centered medical home recognition program for physician specialists outside of primary care.
The program is modeled after an existing recognition program for primary care medical homes that launched in 2008. NCQA is a health care accreditation firm that refers to evaluation programs for clinicians and medical practices as “recognition” programs, and refers to programs with larger organizations, such as insurers and accountable care organizations, as “accreditation” programs.
In exchange for pricing discounts and publicity, 64 specialist organizations have enrolled to be early adopters of the new recognition program and have committed to completing certain parts of the process by the end of 2013.
The new specialist program, called Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition, is aligned with electronic health records meaningful use criteria, starting under Stage 1 and moving to Stage 2 in January 2015.
NCQA will recognize specialist organizations that demonstrate they exchange information with PCPs and coordinate care, provide timely access to care and clinical advice based on patient need, use a systematic approach to identify and track patients, include patients and caregivers in planning and managing care, and align with new care delivery and payment models.
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