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NCQA Annual Report Highlights Medical Home Model

Focus on value reflects growing interest among employers and consumers

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2008 - 06:31

(NCQA: Washington, D.C.) -- The National Committee for Quality Assurance recently released its 2007 annual report, “Coming Home to Better Care.”  The report looks at the promise of the patient-centered medical home, a promising approach that seeks to strengthen the patient-physician relationship by replacing episodic care with coordinated care and a long-term healing relationship.

“The patient-centered medical home isn’t just an appealing idea. It is increasingly recognized as an antidote to today’s fragmented system, in which episodic care is delivered by a range of providers who are not as well-connected to one another as they should be,” says NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “This model makes intuitive sense.”

Featured in this year’s report are interviews with health care thought leaders who have led the call for widespread implementation of the medical home model, including

Paul Grundy, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, director of healthcare, technology, and strategic initiatives for IBM global well-being services and health benefits and chairman of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund

John Tooker, M.D., MBA, FACP, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians

Xavier Sevilla, M.D., FAAP, a Florida pediatrician who re-engineered his office and care delivery systems from the ground up to incorporate the principles of the patient-centered medical home.

NCQA’s 2008 annual report is now available free of charge on NCQA’s web site.

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NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web and the media in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.