Upcoming Events

Thursday Sep 18, 2014 12:00 pm EDT
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Health care costs are having real impacts on patients’ and consumers’ budgets across the country. Families have seen their health insurance premiums increased by almost 130 percent in the past decade while their out-of-pocket spending has risen by almost 80 percent. 
 
To understand the impacts health care costs are having on patients and consumers, the National Quality Forum (NQF), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, organized a two-day meeting that brought together key stakeholders including patients, consumers, health plans, researchers, clinicians, and community health experts. Representatives from NQF will join the PCPCC during this webinar to discuss the results of that meeting. Results include:

  • What health care affordability means from the consumer and patient perspective
  • What information patients and consumers need to find affordable care
  • What are possible pathways toward more effective approaches to addressing affordability in health care

You can review the results at http://www.qualityforum.org/Defining_Affordable_Care.aspx

This event is free of charge but advanced registration is required. 

Thursday Sep 18, 2014 12:00 pm EDT
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The MetroHealth System is harnessing the power of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) to enhance care, decrease costs, and improve health outcomes for their patients. MetroHealth is a health system with 17 locations based in Cleveland, Ohio and is affiliated with Case Western Reserve University. Using EMR data, MetroHealth carefully selected 28,000 patients for their Care Plus program, giving them Medicaid coverage, coordinating their care, providing personalized follow-up from nurses, and tracking the outcomes. Data from the first nine months of the Care Plus program show improved health outcomes and reduced emergency room visits.

MetroHealth is a founding partner of the Better Health Greater Cleveland initiative, a regional health care improvement collaborative. Better Health Greater Cleveland runs Red Carpet Care, a program designed to deliver care to so-called 'super-utilizers.' In January 2013, Red Carpet Care enrolled 150 patients with chronic conditions and assigned them each a Nurse Practitioner to help them get the care they needed. After 18 months, Better Health can now report on patients' health status before and after the program, and on the costs associated with their care.

Join us to learn about MetroHealth and Better Health Greater Cleveland's innovative approaches to targeted care, and hear a report on the early outcomes of their programs.

Friday Sep 19, 2014 09:15 am EDT
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If you were to redesign Medicare without spending more money, what would you keep and what would you change? A new report on a Center for Healthcare Decisions program provides insight into the public’s willingness to restructure Medicare in the face of tightening budget constraints. Using an interactive, computer-based system, program participants faced the challenge of making Medicare more responsive to the needs of current and future beneficiaries. 
Were participants willing to accept limits on their choice of provider or reduced coverage of low-value medical care? Would they accept the need for greater personal responsibility in their use of health services? Would they agree that Medicare should adopt other policies to promote fiscal responsibility?

We welcome you to join us as a panel of distinguished experts explore the implications of the report and the consumer role in shaping the future of Medicare.
If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.

Thursday Sep 25, 2014 12:30 pm EDT
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Physician groups all over the country are looking for assistance as they search for ways to best manage their Medicare Advantage population.  The fact of the matter is: 

  • 10-15% of Medicare Advantage members go unseen by their Primary Care provider annually.
  • Approximately 20% of previously documented care drop off annually from a patient's record.

Health Systems are looking at ways to help with HCC risk and recapture through the visit preparation, work list, visit review and additional assessment opportunities while leveraging real time data.  A HCC risk management solution is designed to help organizations optimize appropriate documentation and coding.

Join us on Thursday, September 25th from 12:30-1:30 PM ET to learn more about Phytel's new HCC Risk Evaluation Tool presented by Jon Mark Harmon, Product Manager from Phytel.  Hear how Phytel customers are using our new, easy-to-use software.

At the end of this webinar you will learn how to:

  • Optimize the efficiency of each visit
  • Ensure that each claim submission accurately occurs
  • Identify most high-risk patients who are not scheduled for a recommended care visit this calendar year 

Existing Phytel clients can access a free risk evaluation today. Please contact your Regional Sales Director or Account Executive for more details.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 08:30 am EDT
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This program was formerly named Facilitating PCMH 2014 Recognition. More than 7,000 NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes practices and almost 37,000 recognized clinicians have proved the strong relevance of the NCQA PCMH Standards to the Triple Aim. The 2014 standards emphasizes team-based care with a significant focus on the care management of high-risk populations along with the integration of behavioral health. We have aligned the Quality Improvement (QI) activities with the Triple Aim and positioned the NCQA requirements to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Join us for a thorough review of the PCMH 2014 standards. We’ll practice scoring elements and examining documentation that supports an application towards becoming a recognized patient centered medical home with NCQA.

At the conclusion of this educational program, the participant will be able to:

  • Examine the essential characteristics of a recognized patient-centered medical home.

  • Identify the measurement and documentation criteria for each of NCQA’s updated requirements.

  • Facilitate the NCQA survey and evaluation process.

Seats are limited. Early registration is highly recommended. This seminar tends to sell out quickly. Please note: A seat is not secured until payment is received and processed by NCQA.

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 02:00 pm EDT
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Measures and ResultsAs part of a five-year project with the California Geriatric Education Center at UCLA, and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Western University of Health Sciences developed the Ambulatory Team Observed Structured Clinical Evaluation (ATOSCE). 

This activity has proven useful for training and/or individual evaluation as it consists of two simulated patient encounters in an ambulatory (outpatient) care setting. For the project, second- and third-year graduate health professions students participated in realistic scenarios involving a visit with an in-person patient/caregiver and telephone follow-up with other health providers. 

Our development was guided by the need for ambulatory care scenarios and the ability to assess individual performance within a collaborative care setting. This presentation will provide examples from the ATOSCE performance assessment tool, reliability findings and preliminary findings of performance levels among groups of students. As part of the HRSA grant, a follow-up toolkit will be made available for interested educators and researchers.from an Ambulatory, Interprofessional Team OSCE Project

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 02:00 pm EDT
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In the post reform era, the amount of change facing behavioral health organizations is unprecedented. From service delivery to reimbursements and outcomes reporting, behavioral health organizations need to re-visit their operational strategies in order to stay competitive in the new value-based health care environment which combines physical and behavioral health.

At the intersection of all these changes lies the behavioral health organization’s electronic health record (EHR) which serves as the information backbone to the continuum of care for the client. Due to the critical role of the EHR, many behavioral health organizations have already begun to assess their 1st generation EHRs and are now undertaking the effort to implement 2nd generation EHR platforms. These organizations understand that a change in their EHR is necessary due to the aging technology architectures associated with these older EHRs. While enhancements to these older EHRs can be made, it is in an effort to keep them current — not to modernize the overall technology in order to better serve the evolving needs of the behavioral health organization.

 

Tuesday Sep 30, 2014 07:00 pm EDT
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Our 1-hour Bipolar Disorder in Adults Webinar covers

  • How to recognize bipolar disorder
  • What are treatment options
  • How to help a loved one
  • How to manage bipolar disorder
  • How to address difficulties that may arise, such as refusal of help

Thursday Oct 2, 2014 08:30 am EDT
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The NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition (PCMH) program plays an integral role in practice transformation and the improvement of quality health care. This advanced seminar further examines the criteria of the PCMH 2014 Standards. With the newly updated standards, released in the spring of 2014, we are setting the bar higher for practices to strive for excellence. We will take a deeper dive into the standards by helping to identify the challenges one may face based on historical data and advisory panel feedback. In addition to the standards, we will review acceptable documentation for the elements, examine scoring rules and discuss how a practice can create and maintain a continuous quality improvement culture. This course will discuss the integration of behavioral health, the team based approach to care management, and also identify the meaningful use (MU) requirements embedded in the standards. Our faculty will indicate how practices can receive credit for their MU achievements when seeking PCMH 2014 Recognition.

The advanced program is intended for individuals who have substantial knowledge of the NCQA PCMH requirements and have applied these requirements within a practice setting. Completion of this seminar is an eligibility requirement for NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert Certification Program.*

 *PLEASE NOTE: This course along with the Introduction to PCMH 2014(formerly titled Facilitating PCMH 2014) are the prerequisite courses to sit for the exam.

At the conclusion of this educational program, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify and address the foundational concepts, challenges, and standards of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH).
  • Establish and maintain a continuous quality improvement culture within a PCMH practice.
  • Interpret the meaningful use criteria and EHR prevalidation to obtain credit in the aligned elements.
  • Describe all phases of the PCMH submission and review process, and the options and actions practices may choose to take after they have received their Recognition decisions.
  • Identify opportunities for alignment with other recognition programs.

Friday Oct 3, 2014 07:30 am EDT
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Everyone will encounter a healthcare professional or patient advocate at some point in their lives. Whether it is as a patient, friend, parent, child or sibling, the healthcare ecosystem is vast. It is because of this that The Medi Awards works to recognize those who have served with purpose, care compassion, and excellence while promoting the Patient-Centered Medical Neighborhood. The Medi Awards is a way to recognize people who have dedicated their time and service to improving the care of others, regardless of the capacity in which they accomplish the task. 

Our Vision is to strengthen local communities as Medical Neighborhoods to deliver on the promise of the triple aim: Improve Health outcomes, Enhance Patient Experience and Reduce Cost. 

Monday Oct 6, 2014 01:30 pm EDT
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CAPG invites you to attend its first annual CAPG Colloquium on Physician Groups in Medicare Advantage scheduled for October 6-8 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.

Medicare Advantage is the best existing example of a healthcare delivery and payment model that incentivizes coordinated care and high quality -- as differentiated from volume-based systems. MA is under growing financial pressure from legislative and regulatory changes, while our nation's seniors are seeking out these programs in ever-growing numbers. Learn from successful MA providers how to excel in this critical healthcare sector, and how to build the coordinated care platform and infrastructure you'll need to effectively serve all patient populations -- now and in the future. Our conference is designed to give you the knowledge and perspective you need, and the opportunity to benefit from the nation's thought leaders and your colleagues from across the country.

Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 11:59 pm EDT
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Call for Applications: 2015 Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program

The Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP) is a cooperative agreement between the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Federal grants of $50,000 per year for up to five years are awarded through the program to support community-based child health projects that improve the health status of mothers, infants, children, and adolescents by increasing their access to health services.

Application Requirements:
Healthy Tomorrows projects must represent a new initiative within the community or an innovative component that builds upon existing community resources. Projects usually target low-income populations and address four key areas:

  • Access to health care
  • Community-based health care
  • Preventive health care
  • Service coordination

Healthy Tomorrows Projects must include:

  •  Direct health services Pediatrician involvement
  • A 2:1 non-federal match requirement in Years 2-5 (may include in-kind funds)
  • An evaluation component
  • An advisory board comprised of local community members, families, and program participants 

MCHB is especially interested in proposals for projects that incorporate the goals, objectives, guidelines and materials of its Bright Futures for Infants, Children and Adolescents initiative to improve the quality of health promotion and prevention services in the context of family and community.
 
How to Apply:
Healthy Tomorrows applicants must apply online through the federal grants Web site, Grants.gov. After you register with grants.gov and verify you have the correct version of Adobe Reader installed on your computer, select the "Download a Grant Application Package" and enter the CFDA Number (93.110) and the Funding Opportunity Number (HRSA-15-034) to review the program guidance and application package.
 
Programmatic Assistance:
Applicants may obtain information about program guidance and requirements, by contacting:
Madhavi Reddy-Netherland, Program Director, mreddy@hrsa.gov; 301/443-0754
 
Additional information related to assistance with developing your proposal and technical assistance, may be obtained by contacting:
Maureen Finneran, Program Manager, mfinneran@aap.org; 847/434-7082
Karla Palmer, Program Coordinator, kpalmer@aap.org; 847/434-4279

Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 05:26 pm EDT
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The National Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington, DC from October 22nd to 24th, 2014.  The Forum will showcase innovative approaches from across the nation that addresses key drivers of population health, including income, education, housing and transportation. It will feature past successes in building bridges between public health and health care to improve health outcomes. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Forge new partnerships across all health sectors to address drivers of health 
  • Spread proven practices that help coordinate and improve overall care
  • Utilize the most promising systems and methods to improve population health
  • Encourage critical thinking on how to build a Culture of Health

Attendees will hear from experts on using data in new ways, applying analytics and information technology, augmenting the traditional health care workforce with nontraditional workers, such as community health workers, and employing new delivery and payment models.

Thursday Oct 23, 2014 05:30 pm EDT
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Behavioral health issues such as addiction, anxiety and depression are often thought of as secondary health issues. But to positively impact health outcomes, it is important to deliver comprehensive integrated care that addresses a person’s physical and behavioral health care needs.

To help support professionals in providing integrated care services, we are delivering a series of office-based training sessions. Offerings are targeted for primary care physicians (PCPs), skilled nursing facilities/assisted living facilities and behavioral health professionals.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014 08:30 am EDT
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Please join Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, Consumer Reports, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, patient advocates, and government leaders for the first in a series of discussions about outpatient health care quality metrics and the information available to and used by consumers.

Throughout the year, various organizations release their rankings of health plans and health care providers.  But what metrics really matter to health care consumers?  Join us for a discussion with national and local quality organizations as well as leading media on how to make the most of these evaluations. Now, more than ever, health care consumers will be looking for ways to compare one health plan or provider against one another. Purely shopping on cost, may end up costing consumers hundreds - if not thousands - of dollars in unexpected costs. See how to get the most value for your health care dollars.

Attendees will be invited to influence recommendations on how to improve the information available to health care consumers.  Future topics of discussion may include a call to action on quality metrics for minorities, for chronic condition management and how to better understand the relationship between quality and out-of-pocket costs as well as consumer satisfaction.

Hosted by The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, the discussion will begin with a summary of the latest NCQA rankings.  Then, we will hear from the NQF on research they have conducted over the past year with consumers.  Ultimately we'll examine what the scores mean and the best ways to present and make available information on quality care from a health plans or other providers.  Invited to attend are business leaders, patient advocates, policy organizations as well as traditional and social media.

Thursday Oct 30, 2014 05:30 pm EDT
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Behavioral health issues such as addiction, anxiety and depression are often thought of as secondary health issues. But to positively impact health outcomes, it is important to deliver comprehensive integrated care that addresses a person’s physical and behavioral health care needs.

To help support professionals in providing integrated care services, we are delivering a series of office-based training sessions. Offerings are targeted for primary care physicians (PCPs), skilled nursing facilities/assisted living facilities and behavioral health professionals.

Monday Nov 3, 2014 12:00 am EST
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Partnerships with patients and families are critically important as hospitals, health systems, primary care practices, and community organizations seek to achieve the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience and the health of populations, and reducing the cost of care. This seminar provides three and a half days of comprehensive, practical sessions to help administrative leaders, board members, physicians, nurses and other staff, patients, and families collaborate effectively to advance the practice of patient- and family-centered care.

The seminar builds on the recommendations discussed in the Institute of Medicine’s reports, Crossing the Quality Chasm, To Err is Human, and more recently, Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America. It offers a timely and valuable learning experience for individuals and teams developing authentic partnerships in medical homes and for those working in Hospital Engagement Networks to meet the goals of the Partnership for Patients initiative to reduce harm and improve transitions of care.

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014 08:00 am EST
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Join us for the PCPCC 2014 Annual Fall Conference on Wednesday, November 12 – Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Our theme this year Patient-Centered Primary Care: At the Heart of Value and Quality offers the opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in dozens of panel discussions and workshops that will focus on the critical role of patient-centered primary care in achieving health care delivery system reform. 

This year our program will not only include high-level policy discussions from primary care and medical home thought leaders, but also “how to” discussions led by experts in the field in our workshops and break-out sessions. 

Tuesday Nov 18, 2014 08:30 am EST
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More than 7,000 NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes practices and almost 36,000 recognized clinicians have proved the strong relevance of the NCQA PCMH Standards to the Triple Aim. The 2014 standards emphasizes team-based care with a significant focus on the care management of high-need populations along with the integration of behavioral health. We have aligned the Quality Improvement (QI) activities with the Triple Aim and positioned the NCQA requirements to qualify for Meaningful Use Stage 2.

Join us for a thorough review of the PCMH 2014 standards. We’ll practice scoring elements and examining documentation that supports an application towards becoming a recognized patient centered medical home with NCQA.

At the conclusion of this educational program, the participant will be able to:

  • Examine the essential characteristics of a recognized patient-centered medical home.
  • Identify the measurement and documentation criteria for each of NCQA’s updated requirements.
  • Facilitate the NCQA survey and evaluation process.

Seats are limited. Early registration is highly recommended. This seminar tends to sell out quickly. Please note: A seat is not secured until payment is received and processed by NCQA.

Tuesday Dec 2, 2014 08:00 am EST
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Workshop Presentations:

Maryland Statewide Transitions to Care Steering Committee- Maryland Hospital Association

Project RED: Mental Illness and Hospital Readmissions
Larry Culpepper, MD, Chief, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University

M3 Clinician
Steve Daviss, MD, Medical Director, M3 Clinician

Health Information Technology and Data Security
William O'Byrne, Executive Director, NJHITEC

Please RSVP to Chris@m3information.com. Phone: (301)444-4400

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