The Joint Commission is seeking field review, or public comments, on proposed requirements for an additional, voluntary designation as a primary care home, as part of its accreditation standards for ambulatory care organizations.  This is the Joint Commission’s entry into standards-setting for medical homes, which are referenced in several sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The proposed requirements, or “operational characteristics” include:

  • Patient-centered care
  • Comprehensive care
  • Coordinated care
  • Superb access to care
  • Systems-based approach to quality and safety

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The Joint Commission also has released a cross-walk showing the alignment of the proposed primary care home model to its existing accreditation standards for primary care organizations.  

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Comments are due by March 14, 2011.

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