Friday, May 28, 2010

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Public Comment is Now Open

Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Update

Public Comment is Now Open
NCQA invites all parties to comment on proposed changes to the Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical HomeTM (PPC®-PCMHTM) 2011 standards from May 27-June 28. The PCMH 2011 standards build on the strengths of PPC-PCMH. They apply to the full spectrum of practice configurations, from small to large or electronically enabled to paper-based, in a variety of practice locations and for newly applying practices, as well as for those seeking renewal of Recognition.

Click here to access the public comment on the PCMH 2011 update.

In addition to emphasizing patient-centric, coordinated care and moving toward performance benchmarking within practices, the revised standards seek to:
Encourage better integration across practices through enhanced quality improvement requirements
Strengthen program requirements
Integrate behaviors affecting substance abuse and mental health issues
Align with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed Measures of Meaningful Use (for ARRA incentives)
The program has been restructured from nine standards (in PPC-PCMH) to six standards. We propose additional advanced requirements: reporting standardized clinical and patient experience results and establishing formal relationships with specialists and facilities. As with the current program, NCQA will not require all items to be met for achieving Recognition.

NCQA appreciates the time and effort that organizations invest in providing comments, and reviews all Public Comment feedback.

For more information on public comment, contact NCQA Customer Support at 888-275-7585.

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