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Wednesday Sep 3, 2014 01:00 pm EDT
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Washington, DC – A new, independent research study, conducted by RTI International and published in the Health Services Research journal, adds to the evidence that NCQA patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) deliver lower cost and drive more appropriate health care utilization.

The study focused on participants in the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program, comparing 308 PCMHs recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) with a sample of nearly 2,000 non-accredited PCMHs across three years, beginning in July of 2008.

Tuesday Sep 9, 2014 03:00 pm EDT
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Care Coordination under the Medicaid Benefit for Children and AdolesCare coordination is critical for meeting the needs of vulnerable children, as it can ease the process of receiving services by helping to manage the care of the child, reducing duplication of effort, improving transitions and limiting gaps between service providers. It provides a bridge across multiple systems that serve children and families, helping to ensure that a child receives additional screening, diagnosis and/or treatment as recommended by a health care practitioner. Join this NASHP webinar to hear a federal perspective from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on opportunities and promising strategies for states to coordinate care for children and adolescents enrolled in Medicaid.

This will be followed by a conversation with presenters from North Carolina and Oregon about strategies those states are using to bridge multiple systems for Medicaid–enrolled children. These states will discuss building on patient-centered medical home infrastructure to coordinate care for children, facilitating data sharing across providers and measuring outcomes, and emerging issues that will impact new care coordination models.

This webinar is the fifth and final in a series on the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents (also known as EPSDT). In conjunction with this webinar series, NASHP launched a Resource Map on www.nashp.org to disseminate state-specific resources and information about strategies that state policymakers and Medicaid officials can use to deliver the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents.ents

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 09:00 am EDT
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Please join Health Affairs on Wednesday, September 10, for a Health Affairs forum to discuss, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education (GME). Health Affairs Founding Editor John Iglehart will host the event.

For the past two years, the committee - co-chaired by former CMS and HCFA administrators Donald Berwick and Gail Wilensky - conducted an independent review of the governing and financing of the GME system, and the report is a roadmap for policymakers for repairing and improving its deficiencies.  The Health Affairs forum is one of the first opportunities interested parties will have to gather in a public setting to discuss and debate the committee's proposals.

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014 01:00 pm EDT
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Palliative care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care, with three times as many hospitals providing palliative services today as did just 15 years ago. Offering personalized, coordinated treatment to address the pain, symptoms and stress associated with serious illness, palliative care has been shown to reduce emergency department use and hospital re-admissions while improving quality of life and extending survival times. However, access to these services remains inconsistent across hospitals and even more limited in other care settings.

This webinar will explore ways to improve access to palliative care, including the following:

  • the key benefits of team-based care with both curative and comfort goals, and the obstacles posed by fee-for-service
  • a scalable model for outpatient palliative care that, in early evaluation, has reduced hospitalizations by 50 to 70 percent
  • a new Medicare pilot that allows patients to access palliative care through hospice while pursuing life-prolonging treatment
  • strategies for moving palliative care into a wider variety of settings, such as nursing homes and community-based clinics
  • a training program that’s helping hospitals build proficiency in evidence-based palliative care practices

Monday Sep 15, 2014 10:30 am EDT
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Our country currently faces a physician workforce shortage. Factors that contribute to our current challenge are numerous, and are only compounded by decades of neglect, misalignment of priorities and resources in medical education, and the inherent financial interest and competition between parties in the health care industry. 

In our history, we have yet to make an effort to establish a workforce policy that aligns human and financial resources with desired goals. Instead, we have relied on local and community economic forces to make these decisions on our behalf. 

While our current system excels at educating highly trained specialists and physician researchers, it fails to produce the number of primary care physicians Americans need and respect. 

Our nation’s graduate medical education (GME) system was established as part of Medicare in 1965. In the past 50 years, there have been very few changes to the core functions and finances of the GME system. As a result, despite spending approximately $15 billion annually on graduate medical education, the United States will require almost 52,000 additional primary care physicians by 2025.

The nation’s current shortage is driven by several factors, but there are three major reasons we need more primary care physicians:

  1. An increase in the number of people who have health insurance
  2. An increase in our population
  3. The aging of our population

The Institute of Medicine released the report, Graduate Medical Education that Meets the Nation’s Health Needs, on July 29. This long-anticipated report made several recommendations on how we, as a nation, can better leverage our investment in GME to produce a physician workforce that is more closely aligned with our population’s needs. The AAFP aims to build on the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations, and offer a set of policy recommendations to implement immediately to transition our GME system away from the legacy hospital-based system, and toward a robust community-based system that trains physicians to be well positioned to provide care to our growing and aging population. 

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014 01:30 pm EDT
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On September 16, chief executives from some of the nation’s largest companies and BPC will release a groundbreaking report that shares the companies’ most successful strategies for addressing the nation’s most pressing health care challenges. The report also includes a call to employers to join their commitment to improve the health and wellness of individuals, improve the health of communities, and improve the health care system. 

Follow the discussion on Twitter @BPC_Bipartisan #BPClive

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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