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Health Care Leaders to Use New National Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Home
Date:11/7/2007

Employers, physicians, policymakers adopt NCQA attributes for

primary care medical practices to improve health care

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a coalition representing the country's national business leaders, policymakers and 330,000 primary care physicians, today announced its intent to use a set of clinical and operational criteria that will allow primary care practices to voluntarily be recognized as patient-centered medical homes. The criteria, developed by the independent National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), were announced at a national health care summit sponsored by the PCPCC.

NCQA, in concert with the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians and American Osteopathic Association, established the criteria such that physicians could be designated as a medical home. The new designation programs will be piloted in January 2008; they set the stage for improving the quality of health care in the United States.

"The medical home puts the emphasis on the patient-doctor relationship where it belongs -- and helps doctors work to keep patients healthy instead of just healing them when they are sick," said NCQA President Margaret E. O'Kane. "Systematic approaches to care have been shown to improve health care quality and patient satisfaction."

The patient-centered medical home concept re-centers health care on the patient's needs and priorities by providing primary and preventive care that is personalized for each patient. It emphasizes the use of health information technology, including electronic health records, to help prevent and manage chronic disease and features consumer conveniences such as same-day scheduling and secure e-mail communications. The medical home strengthens the patient-physician relationship by allowing the doctor and team of health professionals to spend more t
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