PCMH stands for patient centered medical home. The Medical Home is a patient care model which places the patient at the center of all healthcare decisions related to their care and gives the personal physician the responsibility to coordinate their healthcare needs. The Medical Home concept originated in 1967 and has evolved to inclusion in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was introduced in 2010. It seems to be the model of the future and more and more organizations are becoming Medical Homes, including Army Medical Centers.
McDonald Army Health Center is hoping to establish six patient centered medical homes by 2014. McDonald’s Troop Medical Clinic 2 will be the first to pursue Medical Home accreditation through NCQA. NCQA accreditation provides a standard of quality and excellence and gives organizations a competitive edge in the eyes of the consumer. Consumers are extremely focused on quality and are doing more and more research to choose providers who have attained national accreditation.
McDonald staff are excited about becoming a PCMH. The PCMH are easy to access, patient-centered, team based, and quality focused. They increase communication channels through web and telephone enabling patients to follow up on their issues and voice any concerns they may have. PCMH also enables patients to share and update information with their personal physicians and other care givers. The goal is to provide a comprehensive system of care which can include:
- Ensuring delivery of preventative care
- Managing chronic conditions
- Promoting a spirit of health, welfare, and trust
According to McDonald, the PCMH is “healthcare’s total package. It is team driven with the patient and family in the driver’s seat. Their health care needs drive the bus! The healthcare team is responsible for improving outcomes from acute and chronic disease of the patients and their family. Wellness and preventative care are the pillars of our medical home.”
BHM Healthcare Solutions is a healthcare management consulting firm with one of our many specialties being accreditation. NCQA accreditation as noted above is a highly sought after accreditation and specifically patient centered health care home accreditation is becoming more popular and desirable. Our NCQA consultants can assist you with your accreditation needs. We have a 100% success rate in assisting our clients in attaining accreditation. We also specialize in URAC Medical Home accreditation. Please visit our accreditation page or call us at 1-888-831-1171 to obtain more information.