Tango for Two: NCQA & EHR Vendor Dance to the Specialty Tune

April 6, 2016 · Shireesha Jevaji

As the health care system makes the shift toward value-based care, providers are on the hook to deliver health care services that achieve the “triple aim”—better quality, lower costs and improved patient experience. But it takes two to tango: technology platforms must help practices provide better, patient-centered care.


That’s when NCQA’s Prevalidation program takes the lead. It identifies electronic health record (EHR) systems, advanced registries, population health management tools and other technology solutions whose functionality helps practices meet NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Patient-Centered Connected Care Recognition requirements.

Last month, NCQA announced the 2016 standards for its Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) program, and invited specialty physicians across the nation to join in the effort to provide coordinated care.

athenahealth has always been an early adopter supporting NCQA initiatives and Recognition programs. It has stepped forward again. athenahealth shaped its technology platform to support specialists in earning NCQA PCSP Recognition by giving specialty practices the tools they need to work together with primary care providers.

NCQA values athenahealth as a quality partner and acknowledges its commitment to developing a platform that supports practice workflow and reporting needs. Thanks, athenahealth, for improving specialty practice quality, one technology platform at a time!

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