Upcoming Events

Friday May 29, 2015 11:30 am EDT

On April 16, 2015, President Obama signed into law sweeping changes to the way original Medicare pays physicians.  The new law repeals the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and replaces it with a new payment system including incentives for risk-bearing physician organizations.  The new law, taken together with Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell's value initiative, provides new oppportunities for risk-bearing physician organizations.  Join us to learn more about how this law changes physician payment in original Medicare.

Wednesday Jun 3, 2015 08:30 am EDT

The SHARE Approach workshop is a FREE, 1-day, accredited train-the-trainer program developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Workshop participants will learn basic information on implementing shared decision making in practice, specific communication skills, dialogue with patients, and how to find and use patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) resources in shared decision making.

The workshop is based on a five-step approach to shared decision making referred to as the SHARE Approach. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully implement the use of PCOR resources and shared decision making in varied health care settings.

The SHARE Approach workshop is offered multiple times a year across the country to train health professionals and practice leaders who in turn train others in their local health care settings and institutions.

To learn more about the SHARE Approach curriculum and tools, visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/shareddecisionmaking 

Friday Jun 5, 2015 09:00 am EDT

In its 50th year, the Medicare program currently provides health insurance coverage for more than 49 million Americans and accounts for $600 billion in federal spending. With those numbers expected to rise as the baby boomer generation ages, many policy experts consider this impending expansion a major threat to the nation’s economic future and question how it might affect the quality and value of health care for Medicare beneficiaries.

On June 5, the Center for Health Policy at Brookings and the USC Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics will host a half-day forum on the future of Medicare. Instead of reflecting on historical accomplishments, the event will look to 2030—a time when the youngest Baby Boomers will be Medicare-eligible—and explore the changing demographics, health care needs, medical technology costs, and financial resources available to beneficiaries. The panels will focus on modernizing Medicare's infrastructure, benefit design, marketplace competition, and payment mechanisms. The event will also include the release of three policy papers from featured panelists.

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @BrookingsMed, @SchaefferCenter or #Medicare2030.

 

Monday Jun 8, 2015 08:30 am EDT

The SHARE Approach workshop is a FREE, 1-day, accredited train-the-trainer program developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Workshop participants will learn basic information on implementing shared decision making in practice, specific communication skills, dialogue with patients, and how to find and use patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) resources in shared decision making.

The workshop is based on a five-step approach to shared decision making referred to as the SHARE Approach. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully implement the use of PCOR resources and shared decision making in varied health care settings.

The SHARE Approach workshop is offered multiple times a year across the country to train health professionals and practice leaders who in turn train others in their local health care settings and institutions.

To learn more about the SHARE Approach curriculum and tools, visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/shareddecisionmaking 

Monday Jun 8, 2015 02:00 pm EDT

Implicit or unconscious assumptions and biases challenge collaborative work within interprofessional teams and affect health equity for the population. Although pattern recognition is used by all healthcare professionals in their work, the results of assumptions made on the basis of past experience can be a hazard to our patients' health. Women can be undertreated for heart disease, wealthy people may not be tested for HIV or people of certain cultures may be undertreated for pain. Similarly, assumptions about people in specific professional fields may shape the way we interact, limiting the efficacy of our teams.

This webinar will address the definition and science of implicit or unconscious bias, as well as its role in contributing to social determinants of health. We will use case examples to illustrate how unconscious bias affects clinical care, discuss research in this field, present ways to mitigate the effects of unconscious bias in health care including diverse input in clinical decision-making and team care and discuss how these ideas and objectives can be incorporated effectively into interprofessional education.

Thursday Jun 11, 2015 01:00 pm EDT

We are in a historic period of healthcare reform that requires increased coordination, integration, and accountability among all healthcare sectors. The 2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference is designed to help you thrive in this new and challenging world.

CAPG's Annual Conference is renowned for featuring leading healthcare experts, policymakers, and executives. This year’s lineup includes opening speaker Leonard D. Schaeffer, founding Chairman and CEO of WellPoint, the largest U.S. health plan by membership. You’ll also gain insights from Dr. Brent James, Chief Quality Officer at Intermountain Healthcare; Alan Weil, Editor in Chief of Health Affairs; and Dr. Daniel Kraft, noted healthcare innovator and technologist.

Complementing the high-level plenary sessions, a wide range of breakout sessions will offer practical, nuts-and-bolts knowledge to complete your intelligence gathering and fully equip you for the next era of healthcare.

This year the PCPCC is partnering with CAPG to co-host an exciting new Preconference Session, Primary Care Innovation and the Patient-Centered Medical Home. This session will include two panels focused on strategies organizations can use to improve population health and strengthen patient and community partnerships. Learn more about the session here.

At CAPG's 2015 Conference, you’ll have four days to rub shoulders with nationally recognized experts, learn about valuable products and services at our Exhibit Fair and Strolling Dinner, and meet new colleagues from across the U.S.

CAPG's social events offer recreation and relaxation to round out the conference experience. Whether your game is golf, bowling, yoga—or tearing up the floor at our Dinner Dance Extravaganza— you can recharge your batteries, meet up with friends old and new, and have a great time.

Tuesday Jun 16, 2015 09:00 am EDT

In this rapidly changing health care environment, now is the time for primary care practices to rethink their approaches to providing care. Doing things “the way we’ve always done it” is no longer enough; primary care organizations must learn how to transform their systems of care in a way that will lead to better, sustainable results.

Meaningful use, the patient-centered medical home, advanced primary care, person- and family-centered care, and electronic health records all constitute new challenges for office practices, yet they also present new opportunities. When equipped with foundational skills and knowledge, organizations that have a will to change and improve can thrive in this new environment.

To help primary care practices adapt and succeed, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is pleased to offer an intensive program, Transforming the Primary Care Practice. Designed to bring together the best knowledge available, this three-day intensive program will guide participants towards exceptional advanced primary care and the meaningful use of information technology. A group of expert faculty will teach participants accessible, continuous, and coordinated family-centered care using a team approach, health information technology (HIT), and shared decision making.

This program will lay the foundation for ongoing improvement, while also providing the opportunity for practices to immerse themselves in key changes that will propel them towards a system that works better, is more cost effective, and meets the needs of the community.

Topic areas to be covered include:

  • Access and continuity (day-long session)
  • Person- and family-centered care (half-day session)
  • Care team optimization
  • HIT and using data for improvement
  • Improving efficiencies and flow
  • Care coordination​

Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 09:30 am EDT

At the end of 2014, HHS released data showing dramatic reductions in preventable harm, resulting in 50,000 fewer patient deaths and $12 billion in cost savings over the last several years. But many in the field argue care isn’t much safer now than it was in 1999, when the Institute of Medicine released “To Err is Human,” its landmark report on patient safety and medical errors. Modern Healthcare’s 3rd annual Patient Safety & Quality Virtual Conference will shed light on how far the healthcare system has come toward the goal of providing high-quality, safe care—and how far it still has to go. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the emerging science of healthcare improvement as well as best practices and strategies they can use to make care safer in their own organizations.

Expert speakers and informative sessions make our virtual conference an education-building resource. Attendees value the virtual presentation format which provides them with cutting edge, actionable content without having to sacrifice days out of the office.

  • • Attend live sessions or access presentations later on-demand
  • • Interact with speakers and the editorial staff of Modern Healthcare
  • • Expand your network - exchange virtual business cards
  • • Download resources and white papers for future reference
  • • Tour the virtual Expo Center and explore new vendor offerings

You may attend sessions live and participate in Q&A with our speakers, or listen later on-demand to a presentation you may have missed. Additional information will also be available for download in our Exhibition Hall from each of the interactive booths.

Thursday Jun 18, 2015 02:59 pm EDT

Join your colleagues in San Antonio for the third annual Texas Primary Care and Health Home Summit June 18-19, 2015!

This year, we are expanding the Summit to appeal to practices that are interested in learning about new models of primary care but that may not be quite ready to make the transition to becoming a health/medical home.  In addition, this year’s Summit will include sessions on successful models in pediatric health homes as well as best practices in transitions of care.  We will once again offer a number of pre-summit sessions on Thursday morning for those that want to explore topics in greater depth. 

Thursday Jun 25, 2015 01:00 pm EDT

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015 08:30 am EDT

This program was formerly named Facilitating PCMH 2014 Recognition. More than 8,000 NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes practices and almost 50,000 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. 

Completion of this seminar is an eligibility requirement for NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Content Expert Certification Program.*

*PLEASE NOTE: This course together with the Advanced PCMH: Mastering the Medical Home are the prerequisite courses to sit for the PCMH Content Expert Certification exam.  

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 Jul 23, 2015 08:30 am EDT

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: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home 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.

Thursday Jul 30, 2015 01:00 pm EDT

Thursday Sep 24, 2015 01:00 pm EDT

Sunday Oct 4, 2015 09:00 am EDT

AHRQ Research Conference Returns! AHRQ is excited to announce that its research conference, held annually between 2007-2012, will make a return engagement in 2015. The conference will be held October 4–6, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, in Crystal City, VA. AHRQ is also excited to announce that AcademyHealth (http://www.academyhealth.org/ Link to Exit Disclaimer) will join AHRQ in hosting the conference.

The conference will again bring authorities in health care research and policy together to participate in sessions focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care.

In addition, AHRQ and AcademyHealth will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (http://www.pcori.org/ Link to Exit Disclaimer) in holding sessions on Tuesday afternoon, October 6, 2015, also at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, as part of the AHRQ conference and PCORI’s first annual meeting, which follows at the same location from October 7–9, 2015. The Tuesday afternoon sessions jointly hosted by AHRQ, AcademyHealth, and PCORI will address key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research.

Mark your calendars; information about submitting abstracts, registration, details on the conference agenda, and more will be coming soon!

Sunday Oct 4, 2015 01:35 pm EDT

AHRQ’s research conference, held annually from 2007 to 2012, will make a return engagement in 2015. The conference is scheduled for October 4–6 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Crystal City, Virginia. AcademyHealth will join AHRQ in hosting the conference, which will again bring together experts in health care research and policy to participate in sessions focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access and value in health care. In addition, AHRQ and AcademyHealth will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to hold sessions October 6 as part of the AHRQ conference as well as PCORI’s first annual meeting October 6–8, which also will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. These sessions will address key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research. Mark your calendars; information about submitting abstracts, registration, the conference agenda and more will be coming soon. 

 

Thursday Oct 29, 2015 01:00 pm EDT

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015 08:00 am EST

Join us for the PCPCC 2015 Annual Fall Conference on Wednesday, November 11 – Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. Now more than ever we have the opportunity to set a new vision for the future of our health care system. Our theme this year Investing in Primary Care: Patients, Professionals, & Payment offers the opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in dozens of panel discussions and workshops that will focus on 3 key areas of investment we need to make in the future including:

  1. Payment reform in primary care 
  2. Bolstering and expanding the primary care workforce 
  3. Activating patients and families in their care, quality improvement and policy development 

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. 

We are no longer accepting speaker proposals for the 2015 Annual Fall Conference.

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