Task Forces & Special Interests

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) serves as a convener for several groups that focus on emerging issues across the primary care and patient-centered medical home sector. These groups include: Task Forces, dedicated to specific projects and time-sensitive deliverables; and Special Interest Groups (SIG), which are open to general members, led by an Advisory Team of content experts, and provide ongoing informal networking and educational opportunities around a specific topic. Each of these groups works collaboratively with the PCPCC’s Stakeholder Centers to identify and inform their work and priorities.

Education & Training Task Force

The Education & Training Task Force was created in 2012 in order to build a rich collection of primary care residency and health professional training programs that incorporate advanced practices in primary care and the patient-centered medical home. Since its inception, the task force has:

  • Compiled a list of workforce competencies to help prepare health care professionals across disciplines and skill levels for practicing effectively in medical home practices or health systems.
  • Surveyed over 100 training programs across the country on best practices and fundamental competencies of collaborative patient-centered primary care.
  • Built an online searchable database of innovative residency and health professional training programs launched in December 2013 and updated regularly with new programs.
  • Organized and analyzed database submissions to select for case study publications (for release in Nov. 2014).

Behavioral Health Special Interest Group

The Behavioral Health SIG provides networking and educational opportunities, including expert discussions, around the integration of behavioral and mental health within primary care and the medical home. This group has monthly conference calls on the third Wednesday of every month at Noon ET. Over the past few years, this group has:

  • Created a publicly available slide deck - on the why, where, and how to do behavioral health integration - to be customized for presentations to various audiences.
  • Developed behavioral health screening tools to help health care providers and primary care practices identify potential Medicare reimbursements.
  • Compiled and cataloged resources on behavioral health integration.
  • Provided public policy recommendations in support of care integration and team-based care.

eHealth Special Interest Group

The eHealth SIG, launched in May of 2013, provides networking and educational opportunities, including expert discussions, around the integration of health information technology into primary care and the PCMH. This group has monthly conference calls on the first Tuesday of every month at Noon ET in order to identify and prioritize critical topics for PCPCC’s Stakeholder Centers to address. The group is currently working on developing a white paper on how eHealth can best serve patients, consumers and caregivers.

Medication Management Special Interest Group

Currently inactive, the Medication Management SIG provides tools and information on how comprehensive medication management can best be integrated into patient-centered medical homes during the process of redesigning primary care practices. This group also advocates for the need to include payment for comprehensive medication management as an essential, professional activity for effective integrated care. In June of 2012, this group released the second edition to their Medication Management Guide, Integrating Comprehensive Medication Management to Optimize Patient Outcomes

Contact

To learn more about the Task Forces and SIGS, please contact Tara Hacker at [email protected].

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