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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. 

Friday Oct 3, 2014 12:00 pm EDT
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Please join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on October 3 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. ET for a First Friday Google+ Hangout. Panelists will discuss a new approach to medical education in which much basic content is delivered online, thus freeing up classroom time for more interactive sessions and learning what really “sticks” with students. Susan Dentzer, senior policy adviser to the Foundation, will lead a discussion with innovators at Stanford University; Khan Academy; and MCAT learning app, Osmosis; sharing visions for the present and future of medical education that better serves emerging physicians and patients. 

This event is the ninth in the #RWJF1stFri series – a platform to inform RWJF audiences about lessons our partners are learning as we all work to create a Culture of Health.


  • Susan Dentzer (Moderator), senior policy adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Michael Painter, MD, JD, senior program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Charles Prober, MD, professor, Pediatrics- Infectious Diseases; professor, Microbiology & Immunology; senior associate dean, Medical Education, Stanford School of Medicine 
  • Rishi Desai, MD, MPH, program lead, Medical Partnerships, Khan Academy  
  • Jennifer DeCoste-Lopez, medical student, Stanford School of Medicine
  • Shiv Gaglani, cofounder & CEO, Osmosis and editor, Medgadget 

Prior to the Hangout, you can join the conversation and ask questions on Twitter at #RWJF1stFri .

All are welcome to join the Hangout. RSVP for the event here.

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 7, 2014 04:00 pm EDT
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The momentum for transformation of primary care into a patient-centered medical home is growing in leaps and bounds. Join us for this hour-long seminar to explore how effective partnerships with patients and families can be a powerful catalyst for change in the patient and provider experience. Hear about practical examples and the tools used to identify solutions and new ways of working together. Both promising practices and the challenges of advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care in primary care will be discussed.

Webinar Objectives:
• Learn strategies to involve patients and families in a patient-centered medical home redesign; and;
• Understand how others have addressed challenges and successfully adopted a medical home that honors the patient and family as members of the healthcare team.

Who Should Attend:
Clinic Managers, clinicians, nursing staff, administrative leaders, quality improvement leaders, other staff, and patients and families working to transform primary care into robust patient-centered medical homes.

$199 per call-in line
$149 for Pinwheel Sponsors
(A group may participate in the same room with you on this call-in line.)

Optional 15-Minute Q&A
Immediately following the one-hour presentation, there will be an optional 15-minute Q&A session. We are excited to offer this opportunity to continue the discussion and focus the dialogue on your specific questions and burning issues. We hope that you will be able to stay on the call and participate!


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

Monday Oct 20, 2014 10:00 am EDT
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This event convenes a global network of thought leaders, industry experts and practitioners to discuss industry trends and directions, and compare best practices and leading technology innovations in the fields of Health and Social Programs.
Attendees will gain new perspectives and potential strategies for achieving better, more sustainable health and social outcomes at lower costs.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about IBM Cúram solutions for social program management and advanced care management and understand the business implications to health and social programs organizations of emerging trends in Analytics, Cloud, Mobile, and Social Media.

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014 04:03 pm EDT
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You have to experience this.

Assembly is the family medicine event of the year. Renew your passion for patient care with solutions-focused CME and expert faculty. Connect with 4,000-plus of your family physician colleagues. Remember why you became a family physician.

You may not come for fun, but it’s a lot of fun. Enjoy the mental stimulation and camaraderie. Discuss practice and clinical issues with your colleagues. Find answers together. Return home a better family physician.

More than CME, Assembly is an energizing experience. Hear inspiring speakers, meet colleagues facing similar challenges, and renew your commitment to family medicine. Because family medicine is a calling. It’s sacred how you do what you do.

  • Why you should attend Assembly:
  • Help build a stronger health care system.
  • Build community with colleagues.
  • Gain applied insight with essential education.
  • Earn AAFP Prescribed credits.

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 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 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.

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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