The National Committee for Quality Assurance, an accreditation and certification not-for-profit, will accredit accountable care organizations starting in late November. Officials are expected to discuss the accreditation at a briefing today.
NCQA to start accrediting ACOs this month
Margaret O'Kane, president of the NCQA, said accountable care furthers healthcare delivery reform efforts that began with the patient-centered medical home. The NCQA certifies patient centered medical homes.
Raena Grant Akin-Deko, assistant vice president of product development for the NCQA, said the accountable care accreditation builds on patient-centered medical homes and ACOs will be expected to have a “comprehensive and cohesive” approach to primary care.
O'Kane called a strong primary-care practice critical to accountable care. The NCQA standards also draw on the organization's quality and performance research and comments from its advisory committee of consumers and successfully “proto” accountable care organizations, she said.
The NCQA ACO accreditation will focus on seven domains, according to the NCQA website: ACO structure and operations; access to needed providers; patient-centered primary care; care management; care coordination and transitions; patient rights and responsibilities and performance and quality improvement.
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