The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that Rowan Diagnostic Clinic, PA, earned NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system.

Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care. To earn NCQA ACO accreditation, organizations must demonstrate strong or improved performance through participation in an NCQA-approved regional collaborative or national measurement initiative.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that Rowan Diagnostic Clinic has the tools, systems, and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn this recognition, Rowan Diagnostic Clinic demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.