As a medical coder, you are a valuable asset to clinicians who are part of the NCQA-PCMH team. To understand how you can help in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) patient-centered medical home (PCMH) process, first you need to know what it is and how it has expanded to vulnerable populations. Then you’ll ...
Nov 1st, 2012
Melissa Brown, CPC, CPC-I, CFPC, RHIA  As I watched the summer Olympics this past August, I couldn’t help but think about the correlation to the trend for “pay for performance,” or P4P, we face in health care. The Olympians used various approaches to prepare themselves for the Olympics, but they all had one goal in ...
Jul 26th, 2012
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an organization that’s committed to improving health care quality, recognized 60 primary care practices as patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) with the title of “Distinction.” These practices submitted a Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) PCMH survey to NCQA. The participating PCMH practices use the CAHPS surv...
In CMS
Jun 18th, 2012
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is seeking input on a new program that applies the principles of patient-centered medical homes to specialty practices. Comments are being accepted through July 11. The agency also plans to conduct pilot testing in specialties with interviews. The patient-centered medical home is “a health care setting that facilitates ...
In Audit
Apr 29th, 2011
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) accreditation program for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) will be ready in July thanks to a successful completion of tests at 10 health care organizations. ACOs, a part of health care reform, are provider-based organizations that take responsibility for improving health needs within a defined population. NCQA will incorporate feedback ...