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MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting

Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians

MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting 

Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians (Ariel Winter, MPP) 

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Alyssa Neumann Kane

Azar says new mandatory oncology pay model is coming

(Story updated at 3:57 p.m. ET)The CMS plans to unveil a mandatory Medicare payment model for cancer patients, and two new voluntary models for cardiac care in the coming weeks, said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. That means the Trump administration is reversing course from its prior stance that payment models, which put providers at risk of losing money if they don't lower costs of care, should be voluntary."Real experimentation with episodic bundles requires a willingness to try mandatory models," Azar said at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Conference on Thursday.

News Author: 
Virgil Dickson

Azar Announces Mandatory Oncology Payment Model Is Coming

A mandatory payment model is coming in oncology care, HHS Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday during an appearance at a value-based care summit.

Azar said that the administration would “revisit” mandatory models that it had previously scrapped in cardiac care and said the time had come for “exploring new and improved episode-based models in other areas, including radiation oncology.”

News Author: 
Mary Caffrey and Allison Inserro

HHS Secretary Azar: HHS Is Planning New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is revisiting mandatory bundled payment models, possibly for radiation oncology and cardiac care, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, which signals a strong about-face in the Trump Administration's policy about bundled payment initiatives.

HHS is reexamining the role that mandatory bundled payment models can play in the transition to value-based care, Azar said in a keynot speech at the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Conference on Thursday. HHS published Azar's comments.

News Author: 
Heather Landi

The (Family) Doctor Isn’t In: Millennials Are Rejecting Primary Care Physicians

For six years during her 20s, Tara Carter didn’t have a primary care doctor.

To her, it wasn’t an efficient use of her time.

First, she had to take time off work and sit in a doctor’s office, where she’d shell out her copay and answer a ton of questions.

And often she’d be referred to a specialist, where she’d repeat the process over again.

For minor health problems, such as sinus infections, she used retail walk-in or urgent care clinics instead.

News Author: 
Shawn Radcliffe

PCPCC Awarded the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Eugene Washington Award

Call for Advisory Council Member Volunteers

PCPCC received $250,000 from the Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award in June 2018. The award will fund a 17-month project entitled, Promoting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Dissemination.

PCPCC Expands Employer Perspective of its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, DC – The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC), a leading primary care advocacy organization, today announced that Bill Kramer, the Executive Director for National Health Policy at the Pacific Business Group on Health (PBGH), has joined its Board of Directors

Leveraging PCMH Evidence to Make the Case for Greater Investment in Primary Care

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s mission is to promote primary care to achieve the quadruple aim.   A key strategy to achieve this mission is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) which  has been widely adopted across the country. One in five primary care physicians practice in a PCMH where they engage in team-based, collaborative care.

News Author: 
Ann Greiner
Chris Adamec

PCPCC Names Recipients for 2015 Advanced Primary Care Leadership Awards

Calvin Sia, MD, Christine Sinsky, MD, and Melinda Abrams, MS, to receive awards at PCPCC Annual Fall Conference Awards Dinner

WASHINGTON – Today the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced the recipients of its 2015 leadership awards. Dr. Calvin Sia will receive the group’s prestigious Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award during PCPCC’s Annual Awards Dinner at its Fall Conference on Nov. 11, 2015. Dr. Sia is a retired primary care pediatrician who spent much of his career advancing the medical home concept in his home state of Hawaii as well as nationally and internationally.

Patient-centered medical homes lower costs, reduce healthcare overuse

Report also finds model produces care quality improvements

The evidence is clear that the use of patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) can reduce healthcare costs, overuse of the emergency department and overall inpatient hospitalizations, according to a new, comprehensive report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC).

News Author: 
Leslie Small

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