Becoming Recognized or Accredited as a PCMH
Recognition and Accreditation as a Patient-Centered Medical Home
There is not a single path that meets every practice’s needs. To determine which process is the most appropriate for your practice, there are three important pieces of information you must gather:
- Find out if your state has a defined, state-developed or specific state recognized process with the AAFP Government Relations 2011 State Legislation: Medical Homes Report(13 page PDF).
- Determine if you are required by another group to be recognized or accredited (accountable care organization, Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], etc.).
- Determine if this recognition is the same as the major health plans or payers for your practice (Medicaid, private insurance, etc.).
After you have gathered the necessary information, you can determine which process may be most appropriate for you and your practice.
Use the links in the See Also box to access major nation-wide recognition and accreditation programs.
- Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Medical Home On-Site Certification (application.aaahc.org)
- The Joint Commission (TJC) Designation for your Primary Care Home(www.jointcommission.org)
- National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH 2011) Recognition(www.ncqa.org)
- URAC Patient Centered Health Care Home Recognition(www.urac.org)