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Joint Commission launching medical home accreditation program

Beginning in July, The Joint Commission will offer a primary care medical home accreditation option for its previously accredited ambulatory care organizations.

The medical home model blends information technology and care coordination to encourage a more patient-centric approach to care. The term is derived in part from the notion that technology such as telemedicine and personal health records let patients receive medical care at home, in a setting less intimidating than a doctor’s office.

In addition, the medical home model embraces results-based fee structures, which are viewed as a means of reducing the waste associated with the fee-for-service model and are increasingly being factored into payers’ reimbursement plans.

In a statement, TJC said that the medical home accreditation standards, which were published earlier this week, measure “how effectively the primary care clinician and the interdisciplinary team work in partnership with the patient.” Once medical home accreditation is awarded, organizations will have the chance to receive increased reimbursements, TJC said.

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