Joint Commission to Offer Primary Care Medical Home Accreditation

The Joint Commission will offer primary care medical home accreditation for ambulatory care organizations beginning July 2011, according to a CMIO report.

The accreditation survey option will focus on how primary care physicians and interdisciplinary teams work with the patient. Providers that meet the requirements of PCMH may have the opportunity for increased reimbursement from third-party payors, according to the Joint Commission.

The standards for the PCMH option were developed by an expert panel in June 2010. The panel solicited input from the field and drafted standards that were posted on the Joint Commission's website for public comment. The proposed standards were then tested in primary care settings prior to final approval.

The Joint Commission reports that applications are being accepted from organizations that are ready for the PCMH survey.

Read the CMIO report on the PCMH survey.

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