|[January 17, 2013]
New NCQA Certification Program Identifies Medical Home Experts
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Today the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) launched a
credential program-Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert
Certification-that gives individuals a way to demonstrate their
knowledge of the NCQA PCMH Recognition program, the fastest growing
delivery system innovation in recent years.
PCMH Content Expert Certification offers PCMH advocates and coaches a
way to stand out from their peers by demonstrating their knowledge and
understanding of the NCQA PCMH model. The new program gives practices
seeking NCQA Recognition as medical homes a way to gauge the
qualifications of the growing numbers of consultants and other
professionals who often help practices become medical homes.
"Professionals who earn PCMH Content Expert Certification will
distinguish themselves as authorities on the most transformative
delivery system improvement of the last five years," said NCQA President
Margaret E. O'Kane. "By bringing measurement and transparency to the
growing marketplace of consultants that has developed around NCQA's PCMH
program, this new service willhelp the medical home model spread and
accomplish even more."
About Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Diverse studies show that patient-centered medical homes improve the
quality of primary care, as well as patients' and providers'
More practices have transformed into patient-centered medical homes by
earning NCQA PCMH Recognition than by following any other medical home
model, making NCQA's program the most widely adopted in the country.
Since 2008, PCMH Recognition has been NCQA's fastest-growing evaluation
program, and last month NCQA recognized its 5,000th PCMH
Become a Certified Content Expert
PCMH Content Expert Certification is available to professionals who
complete two rigorous PCMH education seminars and pass a comprehensive
exam validating their knowledge of NCQA Recognition standards and
guidelines, application procedures, survey processes and documentation
Successful candidates earn the designation PCMH Certified Content Expert
(CCE), a two-year, renewable credential. To bring public exposure to
this elite group of PCMH authorities, NCQA will list CCEs on NCQA's Web
The Handbook for PCMH Content Expert Certification program has already
been downloaded more than 600 times from NCQA's Web site, an early
indicator of strong market interest in this new program.
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 is committed to providing health care quality
information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and
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