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Health coaching is quickly becoming a mainstream approach to how health systems are adapting to changes set forth by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In particular, Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) are incented to meet pay-for-performance guidelines set forth by the National Commission for Quality Assurance, Medicare and other payers.

The ACA recommends health and wellness coaches as an integral part of a new health care team approach, serving as an important resource to improve both patient adherence and lifestyle behaviors. The “coach” needs to be part of an informed and supportive care team whose goal is to improve patient outcomes.

Our team of instructors through the Department of Public Health Education at UNCG recognize the importance of integrating health coaching into current practices to promote positive behavior changes.

We focus on an evidence-based approach to coaching in our trainings.  We continuously adapt our trainings to trends in healthcare, such as new pay-for-performance incentives in Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) and health system settings.

Our program is approved by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC).  As a result, health and wellness coaches who have met NCCHWC’s requirements and completed UNCG’s Health Coaching Program will qualify to sit for the national exam to be launched in late 2016.

 

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