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Comparison of the National Patient-Centered Medical Home Accreditation and Recognition Programs

The Medical Group Management Association has published a comparison of the patient-centered medical home accreditation programs from these four groups:

  1. Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care
  2. Joint Commission
  3. National Committee for Quality Assurance
  4. URAC [formerly Utilization Review Accreditation Commission]

The report provides side-by-side comparisons of the programs on each of these facets:

  • Evaluation method
  • Program cost
  • Incorporation of the Guidelines for Patient-Centered Medical Homes jointly developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association
  • Address the  complete scope of primary care service
  • Ensure the incorporation of patient- and family-centered care emphasizing engagement of patients, families, and caregivers
  • Engage multiple stakeholders in the development and implementation of the program
  • Align standards, elements, characteristics, and/or measures with meaningful use requirements
  • Identify essential (core to be a medical home practice) standards, elements, and characteristics
  • Address the core concept of continuous improvement that is central to the PCMH model
  • Allow for innovative ideas
  • Care coordination within the medical neighborhood
  • Clearly identify PCMH recognition and accreditation requirements for training programs
  • Ensure transparency in program structure and scoring
  • Apply reasonable documentation/data collection requirements

MGMA contacted each accreditation organization to confirm the accuracy of its comparisons. The report is intended to help users better understand each program and determine which would best benefit their organization.

Source: Gans DN. A comparison of the national patient-centered medical home accreditation and recognition programs. Medical Group Management Association, Jan. 30, 2014. http://www.mgma.com/store/books/electronic/a-comparison-of-the-national-pcmh-accreditation-and-recognition-programs [free registration required]

Related resource: Guidelines for patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition and accreditation programs. American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, and American Osteopathic Association, Feb. 2011.  http://www.acponline.org/running_practice/delivery_and_payment_models/pcmh/understanding/guidelines_pcmh.pdf

Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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