The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Medical Home Network (MHN) recently announced they are partnering to conduct a joint research project to study the effects of connections between patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Financial support for the study is being provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Systems for Action National Program Office.
Much of the study’s premise is based around the findings of previous studies, which demonstrated that social risk factors—such as homelessness and food insecurity—negatively impact health, and that eradicating them will improve the health of those suffering from them. Through NCQA and MHN’s partnership, the two organizations will investigate the impact of connecting medical homes and CBOs using a web-based system in the hopes of understanding how such connections affect the use of hospital and emergency department services, as well as the health outcomes of at-risk populations. As part of the study, as many as 200 medical homes and 25 hospitals near Cook County, Illinois will link to a variety of CBOs using a web-based communication and care management platform known as MHNConnect. If successful, the implementation project will foster further cross-sector collaboration to benefit the consumer population’s health and well-being.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Medical Home Network (MHN) is a not-for-profit collaborative based in the state of Illinois.
This was reported by NCQA on May 9, 2018.
Contact Information: NCQA Corporate Office, 1100 13th Street, Northwest, Third Floor, Washington DC, 20005; (202) 955-3500; Website: www.ncqa.org
Contact Information: Medical Home Network, 180 North Stetson, Suite 600-1, Chicago, Illinois 60601; (312) 274-0126; Website: www.medicalhomenetwork.org