PCHH Overview

The Patient-Centered Health Home (PCHH) model, also known as the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model, is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care across the lifecycle.  The PCHH model is offered in diverse health care settings across the nation, but are especially successful in Federally Qualified Health Centers that have a strong foundation of team-based, accessible, coordinated care, and offer a unique focus on quality and safety. 

The American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) has been using the concept of a medical home and team-based care since the 1960s.  In 2007, the AAP teamed up with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to form the Joint Principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

These groups expanded the medical home concept to include the operational charges of: accessible, continuous, comprehensive, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally effective care.

Recognition Benefits

The recognition process evaluates an organization’s development and implementation of the systems necessary for the provision of patient centered care.  Recognition is only one step in the process of practice transformation. Practices should continually think about the health care delivered by their team in the context of a broad, long-term framework.  With such focus on continuous quality improvement practices will be more adapt at responding to changes in the marketplace.

There are a number of PCHH recognition bodies nationally.  While some practices are required to complete a PCHH recognition program for incentivized reimbursement or grant mandates, participation is voluntary.  Even though it is not required, health centers are intentionally deciding to strive for recognition in an effort to achieve a higher level of patient care at lower cost and improved staff satisfaction.

In the fluctuating health care landscape, having PCHH recognition is valuable to health centers.  It provides an objective assessment of the quality of care provided in an effort to attract patients, community and other supporters.  It positions the health center to be competitive in an actively changing value based payment methodology where payment is increasingly tied to improved patient outcomes. Additionally, health centers are realizing that implementing PCHH standards facilitate a unique opportunity to offer better, more affordable care to the benefit of healthier people and communities. 

Health Centers considering recognition should consider multiple factors.  Acquiring PCHH recognition requires significant resources including application costs, data and documentation requirements, and staff resources required to complete and sustain practice changes. However, current research clearly points to positive returns on investment across clinical and operational indicators. 

National Recognition and Accreditation Bodies

CPCA does not endorse one recognition body.  However, we can help you explore the program that will best meet your unique circumstances.  For detailed information, visit the webpages of the recognition bodies.  

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Medical Home On-site Certification

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH 2014) Recognition

The Joint Commission (TJC) Designation for Your Primary Care Home

FAQs for HRSA’s APCMH Initiative and NCQA


Registration request for in-person training sessions for NCQA 2017 standards

HRSA/BPHC continues to support BPHC grantees, including health center staff, to attend the NCQA Introduction and Advanced PCMH educational training sessions by paying for the registration fees for both NCQA educational sessions.  Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the traveler. Those wishing to attend should complete this registration form and return to accreditPCMH@hrsa.gov at least 30 days before the selected training.  Use the email subject titled "NCQA PCMH Training 2017".


Due to the limited availability, there is not a guarantee that your request will be accepted. Additionally, please only request to attend training dates that you are sure you will be able to attend. If you have already registered and would like your registration covered, please enter your information on the spreadsheet.  Please include the registration confirmation number(s) in the “Notes” section. Refunds will be determined on a case by case basis.

 May 2017

May 16-17 | Baltimore, MD - Introduction to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home

May 18  | Baltimore, MD - Advanced PCMH 2017: Succeeding in Medical Home Recognition

July 2017

July 25-26 | Los Angeles, CA - Introduction to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home

July 27 | Los Angeles, CA - Advanced PCMH 2017: Succeeding in Medical Home Recognition

October 2017

October 17-18 | Fort Lauderdale, FL -Introduction to PCMH 2017: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home

October 19  | Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Advanced PCMH 2017: Succeeding in Medical Home Recognition


More information can be found here.


For other supported NCQA training resources see - NCQA GRIP Training Calendar 1st Quarter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact accreditPCMH@hrsa.gov.


2017 Annual Sponsors