Patient-Centered Medical Home Resources: Comparison Chart

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) supports Health Center Program grantees in achieving patient-centered medical home recognition. The information below provides a comparison between Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition.

Accreditation

  • Ambulatory
  • Laboratory
  • Behavioral Health
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home

Accreditation support includes both accreditation surveys and the patient-centered medical home option through contracts with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and The Joint Commission.

For a comparison of the ambulatory care accreditation services of AAAHC and The Joint Commission, visit Selecting an Accreditation and/or PCMH Recognition Organization.

Recognition

Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition support includes surveys through a contract with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Comparison Chart

Section 1.0 - Survey Services

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
1.1 Initial and re-survey YES YES
1.2 Ambulatory care, laboratory, and behavioral health survey services YES NO. However, all these services must be coordinated by the medical home.

Section 2.0 - Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
2.1 Certification/Recognition AAAHC: Accredited Joint Commission: Certification Recognized
2.2 Scope Entire organization Individual practice site(s); mobile, dental, and OB/Gyn sites are not included.
2.3 On-site survey process to evaluate compliance with standards YES NO. Survey conducted through on-line review  of documentation and policy.
2.4 3-year cycle accreditation or recognition cycle YES NO. Annual review
2.5 Eligibility Health Center Program grantee Health Center Program grantee

Section 3.0 - Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
3.1 Standards Handbook and/or Manual YES YES
3.2 Certification/Recognition Ambulatory accreditation plus patient medical/ health home standards AAAHC: Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Joint Commission: Primary Care Medical Home Standards Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards
3.3 Stand-alone patient- centered medical home certification/recognition NO. However, the medical home survey standards can be included in or added to the ambulatory accreditation survey at no additional cost. YES

Section 4.0 - Accreditation and Medical Home Resources

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
4.1 Publications YES YES
4.2 Professional assistance with interpretation of standards YES YES
4.3 Readiness packets YES YES
4.4 Dedicated website for health centers YES YES

Section 5.0 - Reports and Accreditation and Recognition Decisions

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
5.1 Notification of decision within 30 business days YES YES
5.2 Final survey report within 30 days after the final decision

AAAHC: Yes
Joint Commission: YES

YES
5.3 Plan of correction YES YES
5.4 Appeal of a negative accreditation/recognition YES YES

Section 6.0 - On-going Education, Training and Technical Assistance

Section Activity Accreditation: AAAHC and The Joint Commission Recognition: NCQA
6.1 Mock survey or pre- survey YES YES
6.2 Webinars, teleconferences, conference calls, and audio conferences

YES

YES
6.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) AAAHC: NO
Joint Commission: YES
YES
6.4 Technical assistance on- site YES NO. Assistance provided virtually
6.5 Technical assistance phone calls YES YES

Points of Contact

For additional information on AAAHC, The Joint Commission, or NCQA, please see the list below to find out how to contact HRSA’s partners.

AAAHC

Mona Sweeney, RN BSN
Assistant Director - Accreditation Services
847-324-7487 | msweeney@aaahc.org

The Joint Commission

Pam Komperda
Senior Contract Manager
630-792-5551 | pkompreda@jointcommission.org

Brittnay Hull
Account Executive
630-792-5216 | bhull@jointcommission.org

NCQA

William Tulloch
Director, Government Recognition Initiatives
202-955-5145 | Tulloch@ncqa.org

Tanya Lyons
Manager, Customer Outreach and Administrative Manager
Government Recognition Initiatives
202-955-3561lyons@ncqa.org

Vicki Beecher
Manager, Government Recognition Initiatives
202-955-1747beecher@ncqa.org

 

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2021