Specialists and medical societies are cheering the launch of a medical-home-type recognition program for specialty practices, an option they say will extend the emphasis on care coordination outside of primary care and ease communication among providers.
The Washington-based National Committee for Quality Assurance modeled the program after its patient-centered medical home recognition program, Margaret O'Kane, NCQA's president, said during a March 21 sneak preview webinar. That program kicked off in 2008 and now includes more than 26,000 clinicians at nearly 5,500 sites, she said.
Dr. Carol Greenlee, a Grand Junction, Colo.-based endocrinologist and vice chair of the American College of Physicians' Council of Subspecialty Societies, said the new designation would give specialty practices the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts. Greenlee co-wrote a 2010 ACP position paper calling for deeper coordination among patient-centered medical homes and their specialty and subspecialty “neighbors,” which served as a framework for the NCQA's program.