Premier physician among first to receive NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Content Expert ™ certification Last Updated: July 24, 2014
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Josh Bennett, MD, MBA, principal of integrated clinical services for Premier among the first in the country to become NCQA PCMH certified.

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Charlotte, N.C.

Josh Bennett, MD, MBA, principal of integrated clinical services for Premier, Inc., is among the first in the country to earn certification as an NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert.

Dr. Bennett is one out of only 112 population health professionals nationwide to receive this distinction for in-depth knowledge of the requirements, application process and documentation for PCMH Recognition.

“I congratulate the content experts for their achievement and wish them the best as they put their knowledge to work helping medical practices become NCQA-Recognized medical homes,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “The content experts have clearly aligned themselves with NCQA’s mission to improve healthcare quality. The more committed and proficient professionals like them there are aiding the growth of medical homes, the better American healthcare will be.”

Content Expert Certification allows those seeking NCQA PCMH Recognition a way to gauge the qualifications of the growing numbers of professionals who are available to help medical homes prepare for NCQA PCMH evaluation.

“It’s an incredible honor for Dr. Bennett to be one of the first graduates of this program,” said Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners. “The work he is doing with health systems on their applications for PCMH Recognition and implementation of the standards is furthering the work of the alliance to improve U.S. healthcare.”

PCMH Certified Content Experts™ complete two rigorous education seminars and pass a comprehensive exam validating their knowledge of NCQA Recognition standards and guidelines, application procedures, survey processes and documentation requirements. The designation of a PCMH Certified Content Expert is valid for two years and is renewable.

“I am thrilled to receive this certification and look forward to continuing to help health systems manage the health of their populations,” said Dr. Bennett.

Dr. Bennett works with members of Premier’s PACT population health collaborative. PACT unites 79 health systems across 40 states and payors engaging in ACOs to learn from each other while measuring and benchmarking care with integrated patient data.

As a Vanguard member of the American College of Physician Executives, Dr. Bennett has more than 25 years of extensive experience on both the payor and provider side of healthcare. He is board certified in family practice, has an MBA in health systems management from DeSales University and is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing healthcare quality information for consumers, purchasers, healthcare providers and researchers.

About Premier Inc.

Premier Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC) is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,750 U.S. hospitals and more than 130,000 other provider organizations. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost. Premier, a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient, plays a critical role in the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, collaborating with members to co-develop long-term innovations that reinvent and improve the way care is delivered to patients nationwide. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier is passionate about transforming American healthcare. Please visit Premier’s news and investor sites on www.premierinc.com; as well as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram and Premier’s blog for more information about the company.

Contacts

Amanda Forster, Premier, Inc.   |   amanda_forster@premierinc.com   |   202.879.8004
Morgan Guthrie, Premier, Inc.   |   morgan_guthrie@premierinc.com   |   704.816.4152