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NCQA Preps Specialists for Patient-Centered Medical Homes

Scott Mace, for HealthLeaders Media, July 10, 2012

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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Sam JW Romeo MD MBA (8/1/2012 at 3:03 PM)
The Medical home concept is to be Patient Centered, not provider or system or payer or population centered[INVALID]-this is adding confusion and undermines the principles that the Medical Home concept is based. The non primary care specialist need to participate, as always, in assuring the needed coordination of care with the PCP but unless they are the patients choice for the perponderance of the care that the patient needs, inclusing wellness, healthy lifestyle support, prevention etc. they are members of the care team but not the Patient Centered Medical Home.[INVALID]-