PCC's 2021 Policy Agenda & Ongoing Work

Our priorities in 2021

The PCC’s 2021 advocacy agenda centers on two policy priorities described below. To learn more about PCC’s immediate federal priorities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic—including improving the vaccine rollout and advancing health equity—see PCC’s memo to the Biden-Harris administration

1) Influence federal policies, including payment and delivery models, to ensure that primary care is adequately compensated and effectively delivered.  

  • Promote and inform new alternative payment models that shift reimbursement from volume to value, offering practices the flexibility and incentives to meet patients’ comprehensive needs and proactively manage population health.  

  • Advocate for sufficient compensation for primary care clinicians and practices that enable and reward comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality care delivered by a team.  

  • Influence federal quality programs to ensure that measures of primary care are appropriate, evidence-based, and reflective of patients’ health and experiences, while also avoiding undue reporting burden on clinicians.  

  • Advocate for the promotion of primary care as envisioned by the Shared Principles of Primary Care in all other federal policies including agency appropriations, regulations, and research.  

2) Increase investment in high-value primary care that improves outcomes and prevents avoidable costs. 

  • Make progress toward a consistent national definition and measurement of primary care.  

  • Broaden knowledge of primary care investment levels and quality-improvement outcomes through work that supports and disseminates research measuring primary care return on investment.  

  • Support the adoption of state-level legislative and regulatory actions to measure, report, and increase levels of primary care investment without growing total cost of care.  

  • Evaluate the preliminary outcomes of existing state-level primary care investment policies to understand their impact and share lessons learned.  


Our other ongoing work

PCC Policy Committee 

PCC’s policy and advocacy committee convenes monthly to:  

  • Discuss legislative and regulatory updates related to primary care 

  • Learn from, and provide feedback to, invited policymakers 

  • Work together with peer organizations to advocate on a variety of federal issues related to primary care delivery and payment reform 

Committee members also have the opportunity to review and provide input on PCC comment letters and policy statements. The policy and advocacy committee is open to staff of PCC’s Executive Member organizations. To join the committee, contact Sarah Greenough, Director of Policy, at [email protected].

Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration 

PCC also carries out policy and programmatic work on behavioral health and primary care integration. This work includes convening a Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup representing a multi-stakeholder coalition of health plans, employers, specialty societies, consumer representatives, health systems, and others. The workgroup has identified two priority areas for its work in 2021:  

  • Assess and promote virtual tools that support primary care practices to integrate behavioral health 

  • Influence federal primary care payment models to better address behavioral health 

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