NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership

We are proud to announce that ACHC of Council, Idaho has reached the highest level of PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home) recognition – Level 3 – awarded by the NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance).  ACHC is a primary preventative medical, dental and optometric care facility serving the needs of our communities.  We also offer pharmacy, physical therapy, laboratory and x-ray services.  ACHC accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurances and offers a sliding fee discount program.

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, ACHC demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association. 

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care. 

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that ACHC has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit   About NCQA 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.