December Month-in-Review: 2016 Wrap-up, Staff Updates, & Conference Preferences

2016 Year in Review
December 2016
Dear Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! As I depart the PCPCC, I wanted to thank each of you for being so supportive of our mission and for making working for the primary care cause a meaningful and memorable opportunity of a lifetime. We've made significant progress together highlighting the evidence for person-centered primary care, and I am beyond thankful for the support.

As we begin the search process for a permanent CEO, I hand the baton to my friend Rosi Sweeney, who begins serving as Interim President and CEO of PCPCC in January. Rosi was part of the movement at its inception, and will help build on our momentum as we head into 2017.

Our work sets the stage for a critical year, as we work with a new Administration and Congress to prioritize primary care. Highlights from 2016 include:
  • Pushing for a coordinated and unified response to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), given its critical role in setting primary care payment and performance measurement requirements for years to come; nearly all of PCPCC's recommendations were included in the final rule
  • Producing our most expansive annual report on the cost and quality evidence associated with the patient-centered medical home model of care delivery and hosting a Capitol Hill briefing with the bipartisan Primary Care Caucus
  • Publishing the "Primary Care Imperative: New Evidence Shows Importance of Investment in Primary Care Medical Homes," a primer for employers and benefit managers regarding how they can support comprehensive primary care and the PCMH 
  • Building support for the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+), the largest ever initiative to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for nationwide
  • Making recommendations to CMS on the physician fee schedule that provides new opportunities for primary care practices to integrate behavioral health and care for individuals with chronic illness 
  • Expanding our SAN grant with year two funding to promote patient and families as part of quality improvement efforts
  • Hosting a large summit of diverse stakeholders to develop Shared Principles of Primary Care that will help unify and engage an increasing number of stakeholders
I intend to remain involved in the cause and look forward to seeing what PCPCC will accomplish in 2017 and beyond. Thank you again for the support for primary care, our primary cause!

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Top 5 Must Reads for December
Staff Updates
Marci Nielsen to step down as President & CEO of PCPCC; Rosi Sweeney to serve as Interim President & CEO

Liza Greenberg hired as Project Director & Senior Consultant for the Support and Alignment (SAN) grant

We're hiring for a Director of Operations!
Survey on Conference Preferences
What do YOU want PCPCC conferences and meetings to look like in 2017?

We are considering changing our traditional Annual Meeting to two smaller meetings throughout the year. Please take this brief survey to let us know your thoughts and preferences! 
Executive Membership
Nearly all of the work we do at the PCPCC is made possible by the financial support, volunteer leadership, and expertise we receive from our dues-paying executive members.

If you are not already an executive member, we encourage you to consider joining us so that you can play a stronger role in influencing the work of the PCPCC and future direction of primary care, as well as reap valuable benefits for your organization.

We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with you and support your work as we move into the next exciting phase of the medical home movement! 
TCPI Corner

On November 22,, CMS announced a new strategic plan: the Person and Family Engagement Strategy, which aligns with the overall CMS Quality Strategy. According to CMS, the strategy includes four goals:
  1. Actively encourage person and family engagement along the continuum of care within the broader context of health and well-being and in the communities in which they live 
  2. Promote tools and strategies that reflect person and/or family values and preferences and enable them to actively engage in directing and self-managing their care
  3. Create an environment where persons and their families work in partnership with their health care providers to develop their health and wellness goals informed by sound evidence and aligned with their values and preferences
  4. Improve experience of care for persons, caregivers and families by developing criteria for identifying person and family engagement best practices and techniques in the field from CMS programs, measurements, models and initiatives that are most ready for widespread scaling and integration across the country
PCPCC is partnering with CMS on person and family engagement through our work as a Support and Alignment Network, part of CMS’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Throughout the coming year, PCPCC and its partner organizations will be offering technical assistance to clinical practices and ‘practice transformation networks’ working to transform the quality of health care. 

To get involved in PCPCC’s person and family engagement work, contact Liza Greenberg, Project Director.
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