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PCSP Resources

Patient-Centered Specialty Practice Recognition (PCSP)
This program recognizes specialty practices that have successfully coordinated care with their primary care colleagues and each other, and that meet the goals of providing timely access to care and continuous quality improvement.

PCSP White Paper
The NCQA PCSP program focuses on proactive coordination and information sharing among specialists and primary care practices, and requires specialty practices to organize care across all the practices a patient visits—and to center care around the patient as opposed to around the care setting Read more in this in-depth white paper.

American College of Physicians Medical Home Neighbor White Paper (American College of Physicians. The Patient-Centered Medical Home Neighbor: The Interface of the Patient-Centered Medical Home with Specialty/Subspecialty Practices. Philadelphia: American College of Physicians; 2010: Policy Paper.)
The Council of Subspecialty Societies (CSS) of the American College of Physicians (ACP) established a Workgroup to specifically address the relationship between the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) care model and specialty/subspecialty practices. This policy paper, informed through the deliberations of the Workgroup over the past 3 years and through feedback from the various societies represented in the CSS, addresses the interface between the PCMH and specialty/subspecialty practices.

AHRQ Medical Neighborhood White Paper (Taylor EF, Lake T, Nysenbaum J, Peterson G, Meyers D. Coordinating care in the medical neighborhood: critical components and available mechanisms. White Paper (Prepared by Mathematica Policy Research under Contract No. HHSA290200900019I TO2). AHRQ Publication No. 11-0064. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. June 2011.)
Coordinating Care in the Medical Neighborhood: Critical Components and Available Mechanisms

The Patient Centered Medical Home & Specialty Physicians
One area where the PCMH model requires further development and testing is integration with specialty and subspecialty practices.

Specialists: ACO Cost Center or Potential Partner in Efficiency? (Health Business Daily, Dec. 11, 2012)
Specialists are typically seen as cost centers for ACOs, not as partners in the organization. But high-quality, cost-effective specialists integrated into ACOs have the potential to generate significant cost savings for ACOs.

PCSP Advisory Committee Review the diverse group of industry experts who provided critical guidance in the development of the NCQA PCSP Recognition program.

Formal Partners in Quality Supporting PCSP (Coming Soon)


Recognition Program Partner In Quality

Contact Leah Kaufman for information about becoming an NCQA Recognition Program Partner in Quality.