PCC joins letter to Senate Appropriations Commitees urging funding of AHRQ work to improve diagnostic safety and quality

The PCC and some of its Executive Members joined many other healthcare-related organizations in a Sept. 30 letter as part of the Coalition to Improve Diagnosis, an initiative of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, to leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee/Subcommitee.

COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Update

Primary Care Priorities Included in Infrastructure, Reconciliation Bills; Timing and Outcome is Uncertain

At the time of writing, the fate of the U.S. House of Representatives’ reconciliation package is uncertain. The timing and outcome of a promised House vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also remains unclear. Together, the bills could have significant impacts for the under-resourced primary care delivery system. 

PCC's Medicare PFS Comments Stress Investment in Primary Care, Health Equity

In comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, PCC urged both transformative reforms and immediate steps to strengthen primary care for all communities. Noting that the COVID-19 pandemic hit hardest in those communities facing persistent inequity, PCC called out continuing underinvestment in primary care and called for “pathways to rapidly transition away from a predominantly fee-for-service system.” PCC also offered detailed comment on Medicare telehealth, tele-mental health, vaccination, and health equity policy.

Lessons Learned From Maine’s Nation-Leading Vaccination Efforts

Maine has been a leader in the nation over the past four months, from March through June 2021, in terms of the proportion of its population that has been fully vaccinated. This accomplishment is in spite of several major demographic and infrastructure challenges.

News Author: 
Dora Anne Mills, Joan Boomsma

Safest States During COVID-19

WalletHub study

As the U.S. continues its efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic amid a surge in cases caused by variant strains, staying safe is one of Americans’ top concerns. Safety is also essential for getting the economy back on track, as the lower COVID-19 transmission and deaths are in a state, the fewer restrictions there will be and the more confidence people will have to shop in person. While almost all states have fully reopened, we’ll only be able to completely get back to life as normal once most of the population is fully vaccinated against coronavirus. The good news is that the U.S.

News Author: 
Adam McCann

New Climate Report Sparks Demand for Change in Healthcare

Leaders call for decarbonization, disaster preparedness as climate change worsens

Following the United Nations' warning of an intensifying climate emergency in the coming decades, health experts have demanded government and industry action that will prepare medical systems for natural disasters, as well as slashing greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.N. report, issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), found that temperatures on Earth have risen so much that there is no way to prevent extreme weather from getting worse in the next 30 years.

News Author: 
Amanda D'Ambrosio

Medicare Part B Proposed Rule Updates Reimbursement, Extends Some Telehealth Authorities

On July 13, CMS released its annual Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.
Among other provisions, CMS proposes to:

Bipartisan Momentum Grows for Behavioral Health, Social Determinants, and Vaccine Policy Changes

As debate over big-ticket infrastructure and budget reconciliation bills unfolds, the Senate Finance and House Energy and Commerce Committees are charting more bipartisan paths on behavioral health, social determinants of health, and vaccine access priorities.


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