On September 30, 2017, the HPC released an updated set of PCMH PRIME standards with the aim of aligning with NCQA’s PCMH 2017 program. Beginning November 17, 2017, all practices seeking PCMH PRIME Certification will apply through a new NCQA survey platform (Q-PASS) and will be subject to these modified standards. The 2017 version of the PCMH PRIME standards can be found in the NCQA store and a summary of the differences between 2016 and 2017 PCMH PRIME standards can be found on the HPC website.
Additionally, practices that seek 2017 PCMH Recognition and PCMH PRIME concurrently will have an integrated review process with NCQA, which may include both submitting documentation to NCQA and going through their new “virtual review” process. Practices that seek only PCMH PRIME Certification (after having already achieved PCMH Recognition) will upload all evidence to Q-PASS, with no virtual reviews.
While NCQA PCMH 2017 Recognition requires an annual review process to maintain recognition, at this time, PCMH PRIME remains a 3-year certification.