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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality AHRQ seeks to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-PCMH Portal AHRQ has developed a catalog of all federal-level activities related to the Patient-Centered Medical Home model.
Association for Ambulatory Health Care: Accreditation The AAAHC is a private, non-profit organization that develops standards to advance and promote patient safety, quality care, and value for ambulatory health. AAAHC currently accredits more than 5,000 organizations in a wide variety of ambulatory health care settings including ambulatory surgery centers, community health centers, medical and dental group practices, medical home practices, and managed care organizations, as well as Indian and student health centers, among others.
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Congress created the Innovation Center under the Affordable Care Act, giving the Center the authority and direction to "test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures, while preserving or enhancing the quality of care" for those who get Medicare, Medicaid or CHIP benefits.
Integrated Care Resource Center ICRC was established to help States learn about best practices for delivering coordinated health care to Medicaid's high-need, high-cost beneficiaries. The resource center assists the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services in working with States to design and implement new programs that better serve beneficiaries, improve quality, and reduce costs.
Joint Commission: Accreditation In 1972, The Joint Commission began evaluating and accrediting organizations providing mental health and chemical dependency services.
Joint Commission: Standards An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards.
National Academy for State Health Policy: Medical Home and Patient-centered Care Policies by State NASHP is an independent academy of state health policymakers that seeks to help states achieve excellence in health policy and practice. Collected here are state-based policies and regulations (where finalized/available).
National Committee for Quality Assurance The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda.
National Committee for Quality Assurance: Accreditation NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time.
National Committee for Quality Assurance: Standards NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) 2011 is an innovative program for improving primary care. In a set of standards that describe clear and specific criteria, the program gives practices information about organizing care around patients, working in teams and coordinating and tracking care over time. The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home standards strengthen and add to the issues addressed by NCQA's original program.
National Conference of State Legislatures The NCSL has developed an overview of states' approaches to mental health services as a component of medical care.
National Institute of Mental Health The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. MINH seeks to foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.
SAMHSA Health Homes and Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration This SAMHSA overview page provides access and links to key elements of the Health Homes and Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration program.
SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings.
SAMHSA: Workforce Issues relating to Integrated Care for Co-Occuring Disorders Behavioral health overlaps with primary care for many Americans. SAMHSA has identified the key workforce issues that must be addressed at all points in the spectrum between policy and practice. SAMHSA has prioritized the integration of a behavioral health component in primary care workforce development activities and a primary care component in behavioral health workforce development activities.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. To accomplish its work SAMHSA administers a combination of competitive, formula, and block grant programs and data collection activities.
US Department of Labor FAQs about The Affordable Health Care Act This US Department of Labor informational webpage focuses on market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). Jointly prepared by the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor and the Treasury, the FAQs answer questions from stakeholders to help people understand the new law and benefit from it, as intended.