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The Patient Centered Medical Home & Specialty Physicians

The College recognizes that involvement of subspecialty/specialty practices and the rest of the medical neighborhood are critical to ensure that the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model provides effective and efficient care coordination and integration. The following links serve to define the role of subspecialty/specialty practices within the PCMH model and to assist these practices in providing patient centered coordinated care.

  • High Value Care Coordination (HVCC) Toolkit: A collaboration between the American College of Physicians (ACP), Council of Subspecialty Societies (CSS) and patient advocacy groups, the HVCC Toolkit provides resources to facilitate more effective and patient-centered communication between primary care and subspecialist doctors.
  • NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition Program: This national program recognizes those subspecialty/specialty practices that engage in processes consistent with the PCMH model and supportive of the delivery of high quality, patient centered, coordinated care.
  • ACP Practice Advisor: This web-based tool to assist practices transforming towards the delivery of more patient centered, high quality and efficient care delivery added four modules in 2014 directly linked to the standards of the NCQA Specialty Practice Recognition Program.
  • Joint Principles for the Medical Education of Physicians as Preparation for Practice in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (December 2010): These principles, developed jointly by ACP, AAFP, AAP, and AOA, will guide medical school curricula in ensuring that all physicians, regardless of their specialty choice, will have the expertise to practice in a reformed health care delivery system based on the patient-centered medical home.