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NCQA's New Specialty Practice Recognition Program Public Comment Opens Today
>From Monday, June 11 - Friday, July 6, 2012 all parties are invited to comment on proposed standards for a new product
that is tentatively titled the NCQA Specialty Practice Recognition Program (SPR) 2013.
The enormous success of the Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 has helped many primary care practices to transform. NCQA is developing a recognition program for specialty practices to support coordination of care between primary care and specialty practices.
The goal of SPR 2013 is to recognize specialty practices that successfully collaborate with their primary care colleagues, the patient and each other. The program will have specific expectations for:
Timely access to patient-centered care
Coordination between primary care, specialty practices and the patient and family
Agreements between specialists and primary care clinicians to timely coordination of care and exchange of information
Measuring performance and implementing continuous quality improvement
Incorporating Meaningful Use to support patient care, communication and safety
The program is designed for specialty practices with a range of types of specialty practices and patient relationships that may include consultation, co-management with primary care and temporary or permanent responsibility for care management.
As with PCMH 2011, NCQA will not require all items to be met to achieve SPR Recognition.
NCQA appreciates the time and effort organizations invest in providing comments. All feedback submitted within the public comment period is reviewed and addressed by NCQA.
Links to public comment materials are posted on the NCQA website. For more information on public comment, visit our website, www.ncqa.org or contact NCQA Customer Support at (888) 275-7585.
National Committee for Quality Assurance (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 recognizes clinicians in key clinical areas. NCQA's HEDIS is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information through the Web, media and data licensing agreements in order to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices. For more information, visit http://www.ncqa.org.
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