Primary Care Medical Home Certification Program
Transform your primary care services — improve the continuity, quality and efficiency.
Today, your patients receive care from more providers than ever before, making the partnership between practitioners, patients and their families — and the Primary Care Medical Home approach to care — increasingly important.
Primary Care Medical Home Philosophy
Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) is a philosophy of care based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) definition of a medical home, which includes these core functions and attributes:
- Patient-centered care: Relationship-based care focuses on the whole person and understanding and respecting each patient’s needs, culture, values and preferences.
- Comprehensive care: A team of providers (may include physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, mental health workers, social workers and others) work to meet each patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care.
- Superb access to care: Patients have access to services with shorter waiting times for urgent needs, enhanced in-person hours, around the clock telephone or electronic access to members of the care team and alternative methods of communication.
- Systems-based approach to quality and safety: The organization uses evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support tools, engages in performance measurement and improvement, measures and responds to patient experiences and satisfaction, practices population health management, and publicly shares robust quality and safety data and improvement activities.
- Coordinated care: Care is coordinated across the broader health care system, including specialty care
and the provision of community and support services. This is particularly critical during transitions between sites of care.
Taking this high level approach to care can help ensure your patients get what they need, when they need it — and help your organization improve the patient experience while reducing costs.
Help Patients Take an Active Role in Their Care
Achieving PCMH certification shows your patients and their families you’re committed to putting them first. PCMH certification focuses on:
- Educating your patients and encouraging them to self-manage their condition or disease.
- Allowing your patients to take an active and decision-making role in their care.
- Giving your patients increased access to their primary care clinician and interdisciplinary care team, including after-hour phone access.
- Tracking and coordinating your patients’ care with health information technology, such as email, video chat, mobile apps and electronic resources.
PCMH Certification Resources
Find below resources for assessment tools, Q&A guide, and the list of organizations that have achieved PCMH Certification. For additional questions, contact your account executive.
If your organization is eligible for accreditation/certification under the HRSA Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (APCMH) Initiative, you will have access to the HRSA Education Hub.
HRSA, in conjunction with The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, created this hub to house all current educational offerings offered through HRSA by Joint Commission Resources. Learners who registered for any education offering through HRSA by Joint Commission Resources in the past two years will automatically be upgraded to receive access. Staff from HRSA organizations which have never attended past education offerings can also register for access.
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