Upcoming Events

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 12:00 pm EDT
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Join the PCPCC Center for Care Delivery and Integration on Thursday, October 23rd at Noon ET to learn how two very different primary care practices approached their transformation to a patient-centered medical home and employed new strategies to improve outcomes for their patients, especially those with diabetes. These practices are among the 52 practices in the Maryland Multi-payer PCMH Pilot (MMPP), which Discern administers for the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). 

Guest Speakers
Kim Johnston MD, Johnston Family Medicine in Westminster
Beth Little-Terry, CEO, Mountain Laurel Medical Center
Linda Shelton, Partner, Discern Health
Margo Williams, Senior Associate, Practice Management at the American College of Physicians, PCPCC Executive Member - moderator

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

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.

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 12:30 pm EDT
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As providers look to leverage the power of technology to extend their reach by automating communications with their patient populations, they need to keep in mind how well communication can and should be executed. With new tools needed for managing population health, proactively communicating and interacting with patients must be managed with care and by validating the quality and completeness of care delivery. 

Efficiency and workflow will also become the biggest challenge to healthcare providers as ACO’s, those undertaking risk contracts, and direct to employer strategies become the norm.  In the near future, a tool that simply looks at your data within an EMR will not be sufficient.  The world we live in is less like a centralized single system and more like a web of connections. The next generation of workflow tools must inter-operate with EMRs, patient portals, and consumer devices. In addition, they must allow for meaningful and targeted conversations with patients that help drive the needed behavior changes.

Join us, Wednesday, October 29th from 12:30 – 1:30pm ET to learn more about how CEO, Michael Matthews, has transformed the way inHealth provides consistent and scalable engagement to patients to reduce readmission's as well as leverage data in the EMR to help manage high risk patients. 

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

  • Improve operational efficiency using guided care plans and follow-up workflow
  • Decrease labor costs by managing more patients through scalable, multi-channel patient engagement
  • Improve health outcomes through better patient and care team interactions
  • Reduce long-term cost of care by addressing and eliminating risk factors
  • Increase revenue by demonstrating what care management services were provided

Thursday Oct 30, 2014 10:00 am EDT
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Join us on October 30 to examine the use of quality measures to balance financial incentives in accountable care systems, gaps in accountable care measure sets, and possible solutions for addressing these gaps.

Who should attend? The conference is designed for health care leaders and other professionals working to advance the use of quality measurement in accountable care systems, including:

  • Provider Organizations
  • Medical Specialty Societies
  • Federal and State Policymakers
  • Health Plans
  • Patient/Consumer Groups
  • Employers/Purchasers
  • Biopharmaceutical Industry
  • Quality Organizations

By attending the conference, attendees will:

Understand how accountable care systems can use quality measures to balance financial incentives
Explore key gaps in accountable care quality measure sets, particularly for high-cost specialty care and innovative treatment
Gain insight into how the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identify priorities for measurement and works with stakeholders to address measure gaps
Learn how patients, medical specialty societies, and national quality organizations are engaging in quality measurement
Get involved in the path forward to fill measure gaps and advance quality measurement for accountable care
Join us in tweeting about the conference using #mindqualitygap.
The conference is co-sponsored by the National Pharmaceutical Council, the National Health Council and the Pharmacy Quality Alliance.

Thursday Oct 30, 2014 01:00 pm EDT
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We are learning two things about restructuring health care in the United States in the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) environment: Primary care transformation is essential to a well-performing health care delivery system and payment reform works best when it is consistent across payers.

These things are easier said than done, but the evidence and experience indicate they are possible. Lisa Dulsky Watkins will join the PCPCC to discuss her latest Milbank Memorial Fund report, “Aligning Payers and Practices to Transform Primary Care: A Report from the Multi-State Collaborative,” which describes various state efforts to take on these challenges.

Guest Speaker:
Lisa Dulsky Watkins, MD, Director, Milbank Memorial Fund’s Multi-State Collaborative

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.

Thursday Oct 30, 2014 07:00 pm EDT
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Our 1-hour Teen Depression Webinar covers:

  • What is teen depression
  • What are behaviors of concern, including self-injury and bullying
  • How to talk to teens about depressive disorders
  • What are treatment options and how to get help
  • How to address difficulties that may arise, such as refusal of help

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.

Thursday Nov 20, 2014 07:00 pm EST
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Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free, 1-hour Coping with Stress and Depression webinar on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 PM ET / 4:00 PM PT. Designed for adults, family caregivers, human resources managers, and employee assistance program professionals, the webinar covers

  • Practical ways to reduce stress
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR)
  • How to recognize signs of depression
  • What to do if you or someone you know is suffering from depression
  • What resources are available to you and your family

Our expert presenter is Dr. Annelle B. Primm, Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Primm is a nationally recognized expert on cultural psychiatry, co-occuring mental illness and substance use disorders, and educating the public about mental illness.

Watch the webinar live to submit questions to Dr. Primm. Those who complete the online evaluation form after the webinar will receive a free Coping with Stress brochure.
Unable to attend the live broadcast? Register and we will let you know when the recorded version is available.

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 [email protected]. Phone: (301)444-4400

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