NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that Matthew 25 AIDS Services of Henderson and Owensboro, Ky. and Evansville, In. has received NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Recognition for its responsiveness to patients and medical colleagues, cooperation and integration with other health care groups, and dedication to continuous improvement.

Earning NCQA Recognition shows Matthew25 AIDS Services has undergone a rigorous review of its capabilities and is committed to communication, coordination and providing access to care. Recognition signals to primary care practices that Matthew 25 AIDS Services is ready to be an effective partner in caring for patients they have in common.
“NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Recognition distinguishes practices that communicate, collaborate and integrate care in ways that patients want and that improve quality,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “I commend the team at Matthew 25 AIDS Services for its achievement, and for its commitment to continuous improvement.”

Matthew 25 AIDS Services met or exceeded national standards for:
1. Communicating with primary care clinicians to exchange key information and establish coordinated care plans,
2. Providing timely access to care and clinical advice based on patient need,
3. Using systematic approach to track referrals and coordinate care,
4. Measuring and improving performance over time.

PCSP recognition is modeled on and compliments NCQA’s Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition program, the most widely adopted medical home model in the country. A medical home is a way of organizing primary care that uses teamwork and technology to improve quality, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. PCSP recognition highlights the neighbors in medical specialties that surround and inform the medical; home and colleagues in primary care.
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NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.