2010: NCQA Recognized Clinicians Tops 15,000
25 for 25: A series of 25 blog posts marking NCQA’s 25th anniversary.
NCQA prides itself on its Clinician Recognition program, which recognizes clinicians and practices that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards. The objective is for these clinicians to improve patients’ experience and satisfaction, to improve the overall health of populations and to reduce the per capita cost of care.
In 2010, NCQA celebrated its 20th anniversary. It celebrated another milestone that year: the 15,000th clinician recognition. Recognizing 15,000 clinicians in 20 years is a literal measure of NCQA’s perseverance—along with that of the many medical professionals and centers across the United States.
NCQA’s now retired Physician Practice Connections—Patient Connected Primary Care (PPC-PCMH) program paved the way for NCQA’s current Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition program. Medical homes organize primary care to emphasize care coordination and communication, transforming care into “what patients want it to be.” This concept has led many PCMHs to success.
The past five years have brought changes and adaptation to the evolving health care landscape. Some programs that contributed to NCQA’s success are retired; new programs have taken their place. But NCQA’s intent has not changed, nor has its fundamental equation: Measure. Improve. Repeat.