The National Committee for Quality Assurance announced that it will release its new standards for physician practices seeking to be recognized as a “patient-centered” medical home on Jan. 31, and said that the new standards will, in fact, be more patient-centered and will reinforce federal meaningful-use criteria for information technology implementation.
NCQA set to release medical-home standards
Since the recognition program was launched in 2008, the NCQA has deemed some 1,500 practices as medical homes using a 100-point scale divided into nine standards that include access and communications, patient tracking, care management, and performance reporting and improvement. It had been noted that achieving recognition had not necessarily led to increased patient satisfaction, and the new standards reportedly reflect a desire to incorporate patient feedback and preferences.
The new standards, referred to as “PCMH 2011,” include providing services in the patients' preferred languages, helping them with self care and helping them access community resources, according to an NCQA news release. To support pediatric care, there will also be standards on parental decision making, teen privacy, and communication between medical facilities regarding a newborn's laboratory test results, the release said.
On Jan. 31, the new standards will be available at www.ncqa.org/view-pcmh2011.
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