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:

  1. Find out which public and/or private initiatives are underway in your state to help improve the health care system through enhanced primary care and the PCMH with the Primary Care Innovations and Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Map( published by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative( (PCPCC).
  2. Determine if you are required by another group to be recognized or accredited (accountable care organization, Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], etc.).
  3. 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.