NNCC recently developed a Quality Certification for Nurse-Managed Health Clinics. The program was developed to recognize those nurse-managed health clinics that meet the quality standards established by the Quality Task Force comprised of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, the Institute for Nursing Centers, and the Nursing Centers Research Network.
Due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, improving the quality and efficiency of medical care services in the U.S. has become a major priority of reform. Specifically, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is tying payment to quality standards and offering new incentives for providers who deliver high-quality, coordinated care. NMHCs need to demonstrate they provide superior care. This certification program will not only provide NMHCs an advantage in a competitive health care marketplace and improve the ability to secure new business but also strengthen the confidence in the quality of care, treatment, and services provided among the communities each NMHC serves. In addition, certification may help nurse-managed sites in seeking insurance contracts and negotiating reimbursement rates.
Overall, NMHCs that apply for and are awarded certification are demonstrating their commitment to measuring and improving quality of care and service. Participating in the certification process is intended to help centers self-identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and provides the opportunity to receive feedback from external quality review professionals.