NCQA Preps Specialists for Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Although some of ACP's specialists have weighed in on the NCQA proposal and participated on NCQA's advisory committee, public comment lets other specialists weigh in, as well as health plans, consumer groups, and other interested parties.
According to Chanin, a literature search found that some specialists also feel they don't get all the information they need from primary care physicians in order to perform a really good consultation about a patient.
NCQA officials admit that it will be challenge to get specialists to participate in Specialty Practice Recognition. I am convinced that part of the answer is to educate the public in general about the quality that such NCQA certification represents. This would allow the power of the free market to weigh in, as patients presumably gravitate to those practices and specialists achieving this certification. As with many transitions currently occurring in healthcare, education is crucial. For now, make sure your input is a part of NCQA's latest efforts to improve its certification standards.
Scott Mace is senior technology editor at HealthLeaders Media.
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