The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Marin Community Clinics has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long‐term, patient-provider relationships.
PCMH, often called Patient Centered Health Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Health Homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as individual office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment. Research shows that the Health Home model can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider experiences of care.
NCQA’s recognition process raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients. Recognition shows that Marin Community Clinics demonstrated the ability to meet the key elements of the Health Home model, and has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s website (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.