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Joint Commission's Primary Care Medical Home Cert. Program:An Educational Seminar for Health Centers
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The Michigan Primary Care Association has partnered with The Joint Commission (TJC) to provide an Educational/Informational Seminar on the TJC’s Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification option, along with updates relating to TJC ambulatory care accreditation and HRSA/BPHC’s Accreditation Initiative.

When: 11/19/2015
From 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM
Where: Michigan Primary Care Association
7215 Westshire Drive
Lansing 48917-9764
United States
Contact: Simmi Isaac

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We have partnered with The Joint Commission (TJC) to provide an Educational/Informational Seminar on the TJC's Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification option, along with updates relating to TJC ambulatory care accreditation and HRSA/BPHC's Accreditation Initiative.


On November 19th , we will host The Joint Commission in our offices for a day-long workshop to learn in detail the nuts-and-bolts of the PCMH certification process and how to be successful in achieving and maintaining PCMH certification. The following topics will be covered by both a speaker from The Joint Commission, and several Michigan Health Center colleagues who have already successfully achieved PCMH certification:


  • Background about The Joint Commission and HRSA/BPHC Accreditation/PCMH Initiative (Benefits, Application Process, Comparisons)
  • PCMH On-site Survey Process & Certification Decision Rules
  • Overview of PCMH and Ambulatory Care Accreditation Standards
  • Discussion of Most Challenging PCMH Standards for Health Centers
  • Expectations Post-Survey and Intra-cycle Monitoring
  • Resources Available to Achieve and Maintain PCMH Certification and Ambulatory Care Accreditation


The Joint Commission first introduced PCMH Certification for accredited ambulatory care organizations in 2011, and is consistent with the federal health care reform efforts to improve patient outcomes and the continuity, quality and efficiency of health care services.  It is one of three entities supported by HRSA/Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) for achieving PCMH status in order to receive federal quality incentives. 


The Joint Commission has had a contract with HRSA/BPHC for over 18 years to incentivize Health Centers to become accredited (and now PCMH certified) and receive their “Gold Seal of Approval” at no charge to grantees.


The Joint Commission’s PCMH certification option is based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) definition of a medical home (patient-centered care; comprehensive care; coordinated care; superb access to care; and systems-based approach to quality and safety), and focuses on educating the patient and encouraging them to self-manage their condition or disease, using a primary care clinician and interdisciplinary health care team, tracking and coordinating care, and increasing use of health information technology.


Due to limited space, the maximum number of registrants will be set at 35with a limit of two staff members per Health Center. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.



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Who Should Attend

  • Health Center's QI Directors' Network
  • PCMH Key Contacts in Health Centers
  • Peer Communication Network: Quality Improvement Director Network
  • MPCA Board of Directors Committees: Clinical Services Committee



There is no cost, but advanced registration is required.



Hotel Reservations

We have not reserved a block of rooms, but we recommend the Quality Suites Hotel located across the street from the Michigan Primary Care Association Office. Let them know you are attending a meeting at the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) office and you will receive the discounted rate of around $75. With this rate, guests will receive a two-room suite with refrigerator and microwave, complimentary hot breakfast, complimentary social hour from 5-7 pm, in-room wireless internet, and fitness center.


Quality Suites Hotel

901 Delta Commerce Drive

Lansing, MI 48917





Lon M. Berkeley, Project Director, Community Health Center Accreditation, The Joint Commission




Michigan Primary Care Association

7215 Westshire Drive

Lansing, Michigan 48917-9764




Please contact Simmi Isaac, Clinical Quality Program Specialist, Michigan Primary Care Association at for more information.


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