Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (01.31.12) - Friday,
The nonprofit National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
has awarded AIDS Care its highest ranking for a patient-
centered medical home.
The designation makes AIDS Care eligible for Medicaid
reimbursement incentives of up to $16 per office visit,
allowing the agency to expand programs and services, said Jay
Rudman, president and CEO. AIDS Care serves approximately 700
patients, but not all are on Medicaid.
AIDS Care is among 39 Rochester-area practices and more than
3,000 nationwide to receive the designation from NCQA, which
issues report cards based on outcome and accountability
"The idea is about putting the patient in the center of the
process," said Rudman. Ninety-eight percent of AIDS Care's
clients receive their primary and specialty care at the
The aim is to provide coordinated care attending to the whole
person, improving quality and controlling costs by addressing
problems before they escalate. NCQA reports that medical homes
have helped North Carolina save $1 billion in Medicaid
spending; the medical home movement is part of health care
"Nationally, it's becoming evident that primary care practices
that have transformed into medical homes are having an impact
on the health and experience of the patients," said Peggy
Reineking, NCQA's director of recognition operations.