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The Joint Commission to Launch Primary Care Home Option in 2011

Posted by Will Hicklen on Sep 20, 2010 3:38:00 PM

Joint Commission Primary Care Home

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – September 7, 2010) Beginning in July 2011, The Joint Commission will expand the process of accrediting ambulatory health care organizations to those who are also interested in electing the Primary Care Home option. A Primary Care Home is a model of care whereby services are provided to patients by a primary care provider or team that increases access to its services, tracks and coordinates a patient’s care delivered by other providers and facilities, uses evidence based treatment protocols, and focuses more on patient and family education and self-management. This helps to ensure the patient receives timely and appropriate treatment. The Primary Care Home option will help accredited organizations to increase patient satisfaction, improve patient outcomes and reduce the overall costs to the health care system.

This initiative complements the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program and is consistent with the new health care reform efforts to improve the coordination, quality and efficiency of health care services. This initiative is designed to combine the improvements in quality of care and patient safety achieved through accreditation with reimbursement from third party payers when the additional requirements of a Primary Care Home are met.

Standards for the Primary Care Home Initiative will be posted for a field review in November 2010, and pilot testing is expected to begin in early 2011. The final standards are expected to be available in March 2011, and on-site surveys will begin in July 2011. 

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Topics: Home Care Industry, Home Care Best Practices, Health Care Reform, Care Coordination, thought leadership, Aging in Place Technology, Home Healthcare Delivery Management, Home Care Technology, Announcements, Home Care Mobile Solutions, Will Hicklen

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