April Month in Review: Spring Into Payment Reform

Spring Into Payment Reform
Thursday, April 30th
Dear Members and Friends, 

April marked a historic month for health care reform. After two weeks of suspense Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 on April 14, which officially repealed the flawed Medicare provider reimbursement formula known as the Sustainable Growth Rate. The PCPCC has long supported the core components of this legislation and welcomes the much-needed transition from the current volume-driven fee-for-service reimbursement model to a value-based system that rewards quality of care. Click here to view the PCPCC's statements of support. 

In the midst of the excitement surrounding this major advancement in health policy, today the PCPCC is launching a new legislative resource located on the Primary Care and PCMH Innovations Map. Developed for state and federal health policy advocates, the new state legislation page tracks state government activity and legislation that specifically supports PCMH and other innovative primary care delivery models. Access the page today to find out what's going on in your state! 
 
Finally, this past week I participated in the Interprofessional Education (IPE) Summit in Minnesota with our friends at the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to advocate for the importance of IPE in primary care. I shared the stage with the National Center's Director, Dr. Barbara Brandt, on a panel discussion to present PCPCC's publication on Interprofessional training, as well as a five-part podcast series we developed together. The final chapter was released last week - if you haven't already, download and listen to the entire series today! 
 
 
Sincerely,


Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
National Briefing Today!
Last month Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, launched the Health Care Value Hub, a networking and resource center for advocates working for lower costs and better value in health care. Join the PCPCC's National Briefing today at 1 p.m. EST to hear the Hub Director, Lynn Quincy, discuss the new Health Care Value Hub.
 
Health Care Costs and Value for the Consumer Advocate
TODAY April 30 at 1 p.m. EST
Register (for free!) here
Top 5 Must Reads
View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from April on our website at www.pcpcc.org.
New Podcast Series:
Stories from the Nexus 
Over the last five weeks, the National Center and Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) released a five-part podcast series based on the PCPCC publication “Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Care,” which explored advanced primary care practices in exemplary interprofessional education teaching programs.

Each week between March 26 – April 23, a new podcast in the PCPCC series was released on the National Center and PCPCC websites. Following a Q&A format, each chapter provides a deep-dive into three of the seven programs highlighted in “Progress and Promise” by sharing the program's experiences, opportunities, and challenges in building and maintaining an interprofessional program. 

Listen to all five chapters now!
Making Multipayer Reform Work
On April 7, the National Academy of State Health Policy published a new study in Health Affairs titled, Making Multipayer Reform Work: What Can Be Learned From Medical Home Initiatives. The study looks at lessons learned from seventeen multipayer medical home initiatives launched between 2008 and 2014 engaging in multipayer reform. 

The article is available free of charge until May 11. Download and read the article today. 
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will kick off the month of May speaking at the Health Employer Exchange about large employer perspectives on value-based care and population health management in Dallas, Texas. He'll conclude the month with a speaking engagement at the Health Access Summit in Washington, DC. Follow Paul @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH will spend the first week in May at the American Board of Family Medicine's annual board meeting in Georgia. She'll return to Washington, DC to spend a majority of the month meeting with stakeholders and Executive Members. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
Upcoming Events
May 1 - May 31
"There Is No “I” in Teamwork in the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Defining Teamwork Competencies for Academic Practice"
May 5 | National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education

Medicaid at 50: A Look Back – And Ahead
May 6 | Kaiser Family Foundation 


Developing Interprofessional Champions in the Clinical Environment: Opportunities for Preceptors
May 8 | American Interprofessional Health Collaborative

PCPCC National Briefing: An Exploration of AHRQ's PCMH Resource Center
May 21 | Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference
Accountable Care: Accelerating the Evolution
June 11 - 14 | San Diego, CA, Grand Hyatt

PCPCC 2015 Annual Fall Conference
Investing in Primary Care: Patients, Professionals, & Payment
Nov. 11 - 13  l  Washington, DC, Grand Hyatt Washington


For additional events, click here.
An Exploration of AHRQ's PCMH Resource Center
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed an extensive collection of resources for the primary care community to use in research and evaluation, quality improvement, and the delivery of improved primary care services.

On May 21 at 1 p.m. EST, Janice Genevro, PhD, MSW, a health scientist at AHRQ, will join the PCPCC's National Briefing to provide an exploration of the PCMH Resource Center web site and other AHRQ resources designed to support the delivery of evidence-based, patient-centered primary care.

Register today! 

 
States Expanding Medicaid See Significant Budget Savings and Revenue Gains 
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the State Health Reform Assistance Network released an issue brief examining Medicaid expansion across eight states. 

States that expanded the number of people eligible for Medicaid are seeing big budgetary savings without reducing services. Data from eight states show $1.8 billion in budget savings and revenue gains by the end of 2015 as a result of Medicaid expansion.

Read the entire issue brief.
Recently Released
Outcomes & Evidence
Associations Between Practice-Reported Medical Homeness and Health Care Utilization Among Publicly Insured Children

Community Care of North Carolina Finds Success With Transitional Care

Reduced Acute Inpatient Care Was Largest Savings Component Of Geisinger Health System’s Patient-Centered Medical Home

Michigan’s Fee-For-Value Physician Incentive Program Reduces Spending And Improves Quality In Primary Care

Care Coordination Program For Washington State Medicaid Enrollees Reduced Inpatient Hospital Costs

 
Join us at the 2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference
 
12th Annual CAPG Healthcare Conference
Featuring a Special PCPCC Preconference
 
Thursday, June 111 - 4:30 p.m.
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA


We’re pleased to invite you to the 2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference, where the PCPCC is co-hosting a preconference session, Primary Care Innovation and the Patient-Centered Medical Home.

PCPCC members receive discounted conference registration. PCPCC provider members can sign up at the CAPG member price of $990 and Executive Members at $1795. The preconference session is included with conference registration. To register at these rates, please visit www.capg.org/conf-pcpcc and under “Registration Type,” select “PCPCC Member.”
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