|Patient-Centered Medical Home|
The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach for providing comprehensive, coordinated primary care to adults, youth, and children. It facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians, and when appropriate, the patient's family. Below are links to the different accreditation bodies and the process for a Health Center becoming a PCMH.
Three national organizations stand out among the multitude of PCMH-recognizing and accrediting programs. Only the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (TJC), and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) have PCMH programs that are truly national in scope, have been formalized in a published set of standards, and have evidence of being used by a large number of medical organizations as the primary and preventive care delivery model.
While the AAAHC, Joint Commission, and NCQA define their standards differently, each shares a similar focus: to identify medical practices that exemplify the Patient-Centered Medical Home principles and practices while setting a standard for other practices to achieve. Each organization’s PCMH program is based on joint principles of the PCMH developed by the medical associations that developed the PCMH concept:
PCMH Recognition vs. Accreditation: A Comparison Chart
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) supports Health Center Program grantees in achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition. Click here for a chart that provides a comparison between Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.
PCMH Accreditation Resources: AAAHC vs. TJC Comparison Chart
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) supports Health Center Program grantees in achieving ambulatory health care accreditation. Click here for a chart that provides a comparison between HRSA’s contracted accreditation organizations—the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and The Joint Commission (TJC).
A Comparison of the National Patient-Centered Medical Home Accreditation and Recognition Programs by the MGMA Group
This comparison focuses on how four national programs meet the guidelines and can assist an organization in better understanding the elements of the various programs while focusing on their most important elements. In developing this report, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) contacted the four organizations to confirm the accuracy of the information and ensure that users can better understand the strengths and weaknesses (if any) of each program and make an informed choice as to which program can best benefit their organizations.
A Comparison of National Committee for Quality Assurance 2014 Medical Home Recognition to 2014 Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Certification for Ambulatory Care Organizations
While there are differing approaches to the evaluation and scoring process, the standards comparison indicates The Joint Commission’s (TJC) 2014 Primary Care Medical Home certification requirements are comparable to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 3 requirements. This tool, prepared by TJC compares the evaluation and scoring processes, and the description of standards between the NCQA and TJC.
Patient-Centered Medical Home Learning Community
Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration
The Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration project, operated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), tested the effectiveness of doctors and other health professionals working in teams to coordinate and improve care for up to 195,000 Medicare patients. Participating FQHCs were expected to achieve Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition, help patients manage chronic conditions, as well as actively coordinate care for patients. This project demonstrated the Patient-Centered Medical Home model can improve
Participating Michigan Health Center Sites
The summary below highlights findings based on the Technical Assistance (TA) strategies utilized within the FQHC APCP Demonstration. (Click image below to view larger)
Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project
The Michigan Primary Care Transformation (MiPCT) Project was a three-year, multi-payer, statewide project aimed at reforming primary care payment models and expanding the capabilities of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) throughout the state. The selection of Michigan as one of eight states in the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration (
Participating Michigan Health Center Sites
Patient-Centered Medical Home Resources
Housed within the MPCA website is a wealth of educational and resource materials on a variety of topics relevant to Michigan Health Centers and the delivery of primary and preventive care to medically underserved areas and populations. To access Patient-Centered Medical Home resources you may search the website by keyword using the search field at the top of this page, or you may search the Patient-Centered Medical Home Resources
Smriti "Simmi" D. Isaac, MA, MHA, PCMH CCE