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HRSA Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Initiative
from HRSA's website 

The HRSA Accreditation and Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Initiative supports health centers working towards better care and lower costs for patients. HRSA supports health centers seeking to achieve:

  • Ambulatory health care accreditation and/or
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition.

Ambulatory health care accreditation assesses health center quality and patient safety. Accreditation organizations evaluate health centers against standards of quality improvement, quality assurance, risk management, and performance improvement.

PCMH recognition assesses a health center’s approach to patient-centered care. Health centers can achieve PCMH recognition by meeting national standards for primary care that emphasize care coordination and on-going quality improvement.


HRSA contracts with three organizations to provide technical assistance and training for their respective recognition processes. These organization are:

HRSA may support certain fees for participating health centers. The fees covered may be associated with initial accreditation and re-accreditation for ambulatory health care accreditation and PCMH recognition, initial, renewal, and add-on surveys.

Other Resources

Safety Net Medical Home Initiative (SNMHI)
An excellent resource, this initiative is supported by Qualis, MacColl Institute and RWJ, among others, and is dedicated to system change in safety net clinics, like CHCs. They are also dedicated to learning and sharing their work with the whole safety net system.

  • Introductory materials describe how and where to begin PCMH transformation.
  • Executive Summaries provide a concise description of each Change Concept, its role in PCMH transformation, and key implementation activities and actions.
  • Implementation Guides, which provide an introduction to the Change Concept, implementation strategies and tools, and case studies, were updated and expanded. New additions include: the role of health information technology (HIT), case studies, and additional resources.
  • 23 tools that can be used to test or apply the key changes. Tools include an interactive Do-it-Yourself Run Chart, Determining the Right Panel Size Worksheet, and a Secret Shopper Exercise to test the ease of scheduling an appointment from the patient’s perspective.
  • A revised interactive PCMH-A (Version 3.1). WPHCA also offers this survey in SurveyMonkey form. 
  • Downloadable registry of tools and resources, which includes all resources and tools hosted on the site and those hyperlinked within documents on the site.

Wisconsin Academy of Family Practice (WAFP)
WAFP has agreed to partner with WPHCA and Wisconsin Health Centers in supporting you as you make the system changes to become PCMH recognized. They have webinars and tools available on their site.

Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC)
This organization has many resources and tools, and a mailing list available free on their Website. They are experienced in working with Community Health Centers.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC)
This organization has many resources and tools related to patient centered medical home transformation. They have excellent free webinars and learning opportunities throughout the year.