The National Committee for Quality Assurance has released revised standards for its patient-centered medical home recognition program. According to NCQA, as of the end of 2010, over 7,600 clinicians had received recognition under the current program. The revised recognition program is organized into six sets of standards:
- Enhance Access and Continuity
- Identify and Manage Patient Populations
- Plan and Manage Care
- Provide Self-Care and Community Support
- Track and Coordinate Care
- Measure and Improve Performance
The revised standards and supporting materials are available on the NCQA website for free but require a registration process. The supporting materials include a useful cross-walk showing the alignment of the revised standards with the requirements for Stage One “meaningful use of certified electronic health records” to qualify for incentive payments from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.