Tuesday, February 01, 2011

NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 Released

The biggest changes reflect a more patient-centric point of view based upon feedback as well as the inclusion of Meaningful Use language. In the end, a Patient Centered Medical Home should Meaningfully Use Health Information Technology. SV

On January 31, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released new standards for its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program. The revised standards call on medical practices to be more patient-centered and reinforce federal "meaningful use" incentives for primary care practices to adopt health information technology.

NCQA's PCMH 2011 program provides a roadmap for practices to improve delivery and the experience of care for both clinicians and patients. The PCMH 2011 standards offer guidance on developing better chronic care management programs, enhancing patient engagement and improving patient outreach. They are focused on evidence-based requirements to improve quality and reduce costs and encourage practices to adopt proven systems for improving care.

More information on the revised standards can be found here.

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