Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Public Comment Ends Soon

June 28 is the final day to comment on proposed updates to the PCMH 2011 standards. Public Comment is a key part of the development process for all NCQA programs. NCQA appreciates the time and effort that organizations invest in providing feedback, and considers all suggestions made during the Public Comment period.

The PCMH 2011 standards build on the strengths of Physician Practice Connections®-Patient-Centered Medical HomeTM (PPC®-PCMHTM). . 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 revised program has been restructured from nine standards (in 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.

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

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