Just over a month after the National Committee for Quality Assurance released their updated guidelines for patient-centered medical homes, four physician organizations have jointly issued their own set of 13 guidelines for medical-home recognition and accreditation programs.
Doc groups issue their own med-home guidelines
The guidelines were developed to provide standardization among accreditation programs and ensure they focus on critical elements of primary care, according to a news release from the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.
The four groups said the need for guidelines tailored specifically for accreditation programs has grown as more groups have established medical-home recognition programs. In addition to NCQA, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care and URAC also have medical-home accreditation programs in place, and the Joint Commission is set to launch its own program this year.
"If we are to know the value of a patient-centered medical home's accreditation, we need to be assured the accrediting program itself has met appropriate standards," said Dr. Roland Goertz, president of the AAFP, in the release. "These guidelines help define those standards for accreditation programs."
The 13 guidelines stress the need for engagement of multiple stakeholders when creating an accreditation program, as well as the importance of transparency in structure and scoring.
"The consideration of these joint guidelines for PCMH recognition programs will help ensure that recognized practices truly provide patient-centered care that is effectively integrated and of high quality,” ACP President Dr. J. Fred Ralston said in the release.
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