The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model of care that is intended to optimize the patient experience within and beyond the primary care setting. Medical specialists also practice patient centered care, therefore the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) developed a program for specialty providers.
Patient centered specialty care focuses on coordinating and sharing information among primary care clinicians and specialists, and recognizes specialty practices that put certain key elements into place. Providers in all medical specialties and subspecialties (e.g. psychiatrists) are eligible for recognition under this program. We help organizations learn and implement the elements of the PCSP recognition program. The objective is to help organizations:
- Define populations who would benefit from patient-centered care;
- Optimize the patient centered care model across the practice;
- Collaborate with primary care practices and other partners to maximize reach and impact;
- Manage quality across the system of care;
- Evaluate impact on health outcomes; and
- Demonstrate value to payers, funders, and community stakeholders.