PCMH concept extended to specialists

An evaluation program set to launch on March 25 will extend the principles of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) to specialties beyond primary care. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a not-for-profit focused on improving healthcare quality, will oversee the new program, which will bestow Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) recognition to practices that meet requirements.

The PCSP program is modeled on NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition program, according to a statement released March 15 by the organization. NCQA said its PCMH program is the most widely adopted medical home model in the United States.

Under PCSP, specialty practices committed to access, communication and care coordination can be recognized as the “neighbors” that surround and inform the medical home and colleagues in primary care, according to NCQA.

Further details on the PCSP program will be forthcoming from NCQA, which has scheduled a preview briefing on March 21 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. EDT. NCQA President Margaret O'Kane will summarize the PCSP program during the preview briefing (a WebEx virtual meeting), which is open to interested parties.

Guest speakers who advised NCQA on PCPS’s design will share their perspectives. Confirmed speakers include:

  • John Blair, MD, president of the Taconic Independent Practice Association.
  • John Cox, MD, oncologist, Methodist-Dallas Cancer Center.
  • Carol Greenlee, MD, endocrinologist, Counsel of Subspecialty Societies for the American College of Physicians (ACP) and co-chair of the ACP PCMH-Neighbor Work Group.

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