On May 23, 2012, NNCC and Medical Home News co-sponsored a webinar titled “Nurse-Managed Health Clinics: A Road Map for Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home Status.” Three leaders in nurse-managed care presented on the nuts and bolts of achieving PCMH status. The webinar is available by clicking here.
Clinica Family Health Services is a community health center that provides basic health care to the low-income and uninsured people in their service area. This video reviews the Clinica PCMH and identifies six key components, which make up a successful PCMH.
The goal of the Safety Net Medical Home Initiative is to develop and demonstrate a replicable and sustainable implementation model for medical home transformation. To help practices understand and implement the PCMH Model, they have created a library of resources and tools, which can be accessed below.
The Patient Centered Medical Home Purchaser Guide and its short summary are insightful overviews of the patient centered medical home. The guide also includes supplemental resources such as detailed case studies, descriptions of pilot programs, and a draft request for information (RFI) and contract language for employers/purchasers to use with their health plans.
H2R Minutes is a free weekly e-newsletter created to deliver the latest news about the PCMH. H2RMinutes brings you targeted, timely news about the PCMH
This survey is designed to help systems and provider practices move toward the “state-of-the-art” in delivering patient-centered care in the context of a medical home. The results can be used to help your team identify areas for improvement.
This easy-to-use tool will help you assess where you stand with respect to the 2011 NCQA PCMH requirements, and is intended for use at the outset of the application process. Evaluating your starting point will help you to set goals, and being to work with and understand the NCQA requirements.
NCQA is currently the most widely adopted evaluation model with 16,000 clinical sites recognized and currently expanding to military and FQHC clinics. The most recent 2011 standards emphasize behavioral health inclusion and incorporate stage 1 Meaningful Use of Electronic health record standards. The timeframe for recognition approval 30-60 days and 5% of clinical practice sites will be audited.
The Adobe PDF version of the PCMH Standards and Guidelines includes the requirements to meet the standards, as well as explanations and examples. There are six PCMH 2011 standards, including 6 must pass elements, which can result in one of three levels of recognition. Practices seeking PCMH complete a Web-based data collection tool and provide documentation that validates responses.
The application materials include an overview of the PCMH program, eligibility criteria and pricing information.
The Joint Commission is developing standards to expand the process of accrediting ambulatory health care organizations to those who are also interested in electing the Primary Care Home option. This initiative complements the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program and is consistent with the new health care reform efforts to improve the coordination, quality and efficiency of health care services. This initiative is designed to combine the improvements in quality of care and patient safety achieved through accreditation with increased reimbursement from third party payers when the additional requirements of a Primary Care Home are met. The Joint Commission is also seeking feedback from Medicare and Medicaid officials and insurance companies to ensure that the Primary Care Home standards will enable organizations to be eligible for enhanced reimbursement.
URAC has developed its Patient Centered Health Care Home (PCHCH) Program to educate and guide health care practices, and/or their sponsoring health plans, insurers, and pilot programs, on how to transform practices into truly patient centered health care homes.