Patient-Centered Medical Home
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a team-based care delivery model in which patient care is coordinated through the primary care physician and health care team. The health care team coordinates care with other providers and community resources. This ensures that patients are involved in the conversation to decide the best type of care for them, and the best time and place for that care. It also ensures that these conversations happen in a way that patients can understand.
Research shows that the medical home model improves care quality, the patient experience and staff satisfaction levels – while lowering health care costs.
National Committee for Quality Assurance
PCMH recognition is obtained through an evaluation process with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The steps in this process are the most widely-used method to transform primary care practices into medical homes. Recognition is the result of proven transformation into a high-performing primary care practice.
Clinicians work with NCQA's Clinical Recognition programs to improve patient care - with a significant focus on wellness and keeping patients healthy. Visit NCQA Report Cards to view a complete listing of providers that have received a PCMH designation, a Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) designation, and/or a Heart Stroke Recognition Program (HSRP) designation.
Tools and Resources
The following is a comprehensive set of tools and resources for implementing a Patient-Centered Medical Home at your Primary Care Practice.