Patient-centered medical home experts offer tips on achieving NCQA recognition

August 29, 2014

Thoughtful advice on the how primary care practices should approach transforming into patient-centered medical homes was shared on the Primary Care Progress Notes blog by experts from UMass Medical School’s Commonwealth Medicine division.

The article, Mapping Your Route To Patient-centered Medical Home Recognition, highlights the experiences of several practices while working toward recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. It also outlines common mistakes and offers tips on how to better prepare for the process.

Certified patient-centered medical home content experts Joan D. Johnston, RN, CIH, CPE, PCMH CCE and Jaime Vallejos, MD, MPH, PCMH CCE, co-authored the article. Johnston is manager of performance improvement and Vallejos holds the dual roles of Program Development Manager and Primary Care Transformation Specialist. Both worked on the implementation of the Massachusetts Patient Centered Medical Home Initiative (MA-PCMHI), and are now focusing on the design and execution Massachusetts Primary Care Payment reform training.

Commonwealth Medicine has partnered with Bailit Health Purchasing LLC on MA-PCMHI. The three-year multi-payer demonstration concluded on March 31, 2014 and is in the analysis stage. Early results show 43 of 44 practices received NCQA PCMH recognition. Statistically significant improvement was shown in 11 of 22 clinical quality measures, including chronic disease management, prevention and care coordination. A complete report is expected in the fall of 2014.