Ithaca Primary Care is certified as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH recognition program, the most widely adopted evaluation program in the country, is overseen by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Approximately 13,000 practices (with 67,000 clinicians) are recognized by NCQA. More than 95 organizations support NCQA Recognition through providing financial incentives, transformation support, care management, learning collaboratives or MOC credit.
Description of NCQA
NCQA’s mission is to improve the quality of health care. It is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans, managed behavioral healthcare organizations, preferred provider organizations, new health plans, physician organizations, credentials verification organizations, disease management programs and other health-related programs.
NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations and manages the evolution of HEDIS®, the performance measurement tool used by more than 90 percent of the nation’s health plans. NCQA is governed by a Board of Directors that includes employers, consumers, health plans, quality experts, policy makers and representatives from organized medicine.