The National Committee for Quality Assurance has released its new standards for practices seeking to be recognized as a “patient-centered” medical home. According to the committee, the new standards are more patient-centered and reinforce federal meaningful-use criteria for information technology implementation.
NCQA releases new med-home standards
Since the recognition program was launched in 2008, the NCQA has recognized 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 has been noted that achieving recognition has 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 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 also will be standards on parental decisionmaking, teen privacy and communication between medical facilities regarding a newborn's laboratory test results, the release said.
The new standards are available online at the NCQA's website.
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