It’s no secret. The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country in the world. These high rates of spending, however, don’t necessarily reflect buying quality. In fact, in many leading health indicators, the U.S. lags behind most other developed nations.
Founded in 1990, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) seeks to reverse these troubling trends by working with a broad spectrum of health care stakeholders to elevate and build consensus around health quality issues. NCQA operationalizes its “Measure. Analyze. Improve. Repeat.” formula through its voluntary accreditation, certification, and recognition programs that help providers and health plans institute important changes to improve quality.
Among the newest of its programs is Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition, which seeks to transform primary care through enhanced care coordination leading to better outcomes, lower costs, and higher patient satisfaction. Words for Good is excited to be working with providers like the Community Health Network to secure the assistance they need to institute the transformations necessary to gain NCQA PCMH recognition.