NCQA Releases Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Updates

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is requesting industry comment on its updates to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) standards guide for 2017.

In a press release, NCQA describes its updates, saying that these updates will better help key industry stakeholders identify a quality patient-centered medical home.

“The new 2017 PCMH Standards focus on identifying best practices and core activities, signaling that a primary care practice functions as a medical home,” the committee explained. “Additionally, the new standards promote measurement and improvement at the clinician and practice level.”

The updates separate the requirements into six categories which align with pre-existing PCMH requirements. Those categories include team-based care and practice organization, knowing and managing patients, patient-centered access and continuity, care management and support, care coordination and care transitions, and performance measurement and quality improvement.

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