Patient Centered Medical Home


NCQA-transpThe Baylor Scott & White Board of Managers has approved the 2015 Shared Savings requirements.  All Primary Care practices (including Adult and Pediatric practices) will be required to apply for PCMH recognition through NCQA.


A model of care where patients have a direct relationship with a provider, who coordinates a cooperative team of health care professionals, takes collective responsibility for the care provided to the patient and arranges for appropriate care with other qualified providers as needed.

Primary care is a foundation of the health care system. The PCMH standards reflect elements that make primary care successful.  Clinicians must have a broad knowledge of many health care conditions and often follow their patients over years; thus, the quality of the clinician/patient relationship, access and the ability to track care over time are important.

Robust patient-centeredness is a key program goal:

  • There is a stronger focus on integrating behavioral healthcare and care management
  • Patient survey results help drive quality improvement
  • Patients and their families are involved in quality improvement

Why Apply?

  • Working through the points of criteria provides for improvement of care by strengthening the physician-patient relationship and by replacing episodic care based on illnesses and patient compliant with coordinated care and a long-team healing relationship
  • NCQA broadly publicizes recognized physicians.  In addition, many private and public health plans and employers are considering projects to recognize and compensate practices as patient-centered medical homes.  Thus, the practices earning recognition may qualify for additional payment.