In addition to e-prescribing, practices in the pilot are required to meet standards set by the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, not-for-profit organization. To meet these standards, practices in the pilot will have to demonstrate that they provide a high level of care to patients, and consistently look out for the problems associated with chronic conditions.
The Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot is based on a patient-centered model for the delivery of health care services that emphasizes the role of primary care and coordination of services.
In addition to primary care practices, the pilot includes five hospitals, seven commercial health plans, Medicare and Medicaid, the New York State Department of Health, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the New York State Association of Counties. It covers a large, rural area in upstate New York, the size of Connecticut with about 200,000 people.