This guide provides an outline of existing PCMH Programs and Accreditation Bodies and the steps needed to obtain recognition in those individual programs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) first introduced the medical home concept in 1967. In 2007, The AAP, The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American College of Physicians (ACP), and The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) released The Joint Principles of PCMH.
The Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience, and increase staff satisfaction—while reducing health care costs. Practices that pursue the PCMH model of care have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care.
Obtaining Recognition and Accreditation