The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) structure enables the primary care physician to provide continuous and coordinated care to patients from a home base. All of the patient’s healthcare needs, including preventative services, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, and even end-of-life care, are arranged within the PCMH. Elation Health dynamically supports the concept of the PCMH and we are now proud to announce that we are PCMH Pre-Validated, a valuable recognition earned from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
NCQA is a private, nonprofit 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 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition is the most widely used PCMH evaluation program in the U.S.
“By providing software that helps physician practices build the patient-focused, coordinated care infrastructure expected of NCQA patient-centered medical homes, Elation Health is helping practices be part of modern health care’s most important transformations,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Medical homes are the way of the future, and Elation Health is helping practices get there.”
The PCMH is increasingly important to independent physicians and their patients in the move toward value-based care. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) defines a medical home “not simply as a place but as a model of the organization of primary care that delivers the core functions of primary health care.” PCMH functions and attributes include:
- Comprehensive care
- Coordinated care
- Accessible services
- Quality and safety
Health IT systems that earn NCQA PCMH Pre-validation demonstrate product functionality support and/or meet NCQA PCMH standard requirements. Pre-validation assures independent practices that health IT solutions support their goals.
Elation has taken this step to ensure independent practices functioning as PCMHs that we are meeting their requirements for an effective and efficient electronic health record (EHR) system. The PCMH practice model promotes more collaborative and continuous care, which is critical to providing quality healthcare to your patients. Additionally, practices using health IT solutions that meet NCQA requirements earn pre-validated credit, easing practices’ administrative burden for providing supporting documentation, and saving time.
PCMH Pre-validation is designed to help practices identify health IT solutions that alleviate or make more efficient administrative aspects of meeting NCQA PCMH Program requirements. NCQA’s PCMH Pre-validation evaluates Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, advanced registries, population health management tools, care coordination tools, patient engagement tools and other related health technology solutions providing functionality that completely meet or support factor level requirements within applicable NCQA PCMH Standards.
Elation’s mission aligns with the NCQA mission of improving the quality of health care. By working to earn NCQA PCMH Pre-validation, we have demonstrated product functionality support and meet NCQA PCMH standard requirements. We have also demonstrated our commitment to you and your independent practice, as we continue our focus on strengthening the relationship between patients and physicians and enabling phenomenal care for everyone.