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WASHINGTON, DC: The National Committee for Quality Assurance is proud to announce its latest national recognition program especially for school-based health centers. The School-Based Medical Home (SBMH) recognition program is the first of its kind to recognize school-based health centers for providing full-spectrum care to students of all ages in the school environment. 

 

There are 2300 school-based health centers (SBHC) in 49 states providing a wide-range of comprehensive health care to children and youth.  The concentration of these centers is mostly located in communities with high percentages of low-income families. The SBHCs provide medical and mental health services (check out our products for behavioral health) and sometimes dental care (check out our dental solution) to all students in the school where the clinic is located.

 

Patricia Barrett, Vice President of NCQA Product Design and Support says,  “The School-Based Medical Home Program ensures high quality, coordinated school-based care for underserved children and adolescents who may have no other source of health care.”  Ms. Barrett went on to say, “ We are proud of this new recognition program that provides the best standards of practice for our nation’s youth in their schools, where they spend so much of their time.” 

 

The concept for a school-based recognition program came about from a collaboration with the Montefiore School Health Program, the New York School-Based Health Alliance (NYSBHA) and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC).

 

Sarah Murphy, the Executive Director for the New York School-Based Health Alliance, was delighted to have their school-based health program recognized by the NCQA. Ms. Murphy said, “School-based health centers are unique and forward-thinking, and their focus on prevention, the resulting improvements in children’s health, academic performance and overall healthcare cost savings demonstrate the value of this model of care.”

 

Margaret Rogers, DNP, of Montefiore School Health Program, said, “This is a tremendous breakthrough for school-based health providers. The School-Based Medical Home Standards will benefit both the students, who will be receiving high-quality care, and the providers, who will gain recognition and potential reimbursement enhancement for the outstanding work they are doing to take care of our young people.”

 

The School-Based Medical Home’s (SBMH) recognition program is a hybrid model that evaluates the performance of school-based health centers providing episodic care for students with urgent or emergent needs and collaborative care for both the students and the surrounding community. Centers seeking recognition must complete a PCMH application (We can help! Check out our PCMH services) and be evaluated on a subset of requirements for school-based health centers.

 

NCQA is hosting a webinar for school-based centers for anyone interested in this new recognition program on Thursday, December 7 at 2:00 pm. To learn more about the program or to attend the webinar, go to http://www.ncqa.org/programs/recognition/practices/school-based-medical-home.

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