Employer & Purchaser Engagement Center: December Update

In this December Issue: Get the latest updates on the Employer & Purchaser Center; learn about upcoming events and webinars; and read about national medical home news focused on employers and purchasers.


             December 2012             

Update from Cabinet Leadership

Message from our Director of Programs, Tara Hacker.  Welcome to the December update from the Employer & Purchaser Engagement Center! As the new Center Lead I will be in charge of coordinating activities across our five Stakeholder Centers. I want to thank each of you for actively participating and continuing to support the advancement of primary care and the medical home model. I look forward to working with you all as this Center's work progresses.

Center Goal: Among employers, purchasers and payers, increase access to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), built on a strong primary care foundation.

Center leadership held its November conference call to further refine a work plan.  Click here to review detailed minutes from the call. 

During this call, cabinet members discussed:

  • Previous Phytel webinar featuring the PCPCC on the 2012 benefits of implementing the medial home report; and upcoming webinar on electronic tools to incentivize medical home care between employers, clinicians, and patients.
  • PCPCC Task Force working with outside researchers to manage study and publication on wellness and prevention services among primary care practices.
  • Partnering opportunities with NASHP and the University of Michigan's Center for Value-Based Insurance Design.
  • Three "Big Ideas" under PCPCC Board Review and their potential benefits and challenges: (1) employer/provider key stakeholder meeting, (2) medical home mapper, and (3) public engagement and outreach.
For questions pertaining to this Center, please contact Tara Hacker at [email protected]  To learn about other PCPCC centers or sign up for our topic-specific mailing lists, please visit our website, www.pcpcc.net.

Center News & Announcements


2013 Fifth National Medical Home Summit: PCPCC is co-sponsoring the Fifth National Medical Home Summit March 13-15, 2013 in Philadelphia with the Jefferson School of Population Health. Click here for updated agenda, sponsorship opportunities and more.
Save the Date! 2013 PCPCC Annual Fall Conference: PCPCC will host its Annual Fall Conference on October 14-15, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. Click here for presentations and photos from our 2012 Annual Fall Conference.

Medical Home News

Pharmaceutical giant puts medical home concept to the test Workforce, 12/5. GlaxoSmithKline launches an employee medical home program.

Six large medical groups part of Anthem primary care initiative Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/7. Anthem kicks off new medical home program with Bon Secours Medical Group and Patient First.

Health plans gear up to sell directly to consumers Kaiser Health News, 12/3. Kaiser examines insurers' efforts to accommodate the pending influx of new customers in 2014 and their impact on redesigning health plan business models.

First 6 states health insurance markets approved by U.S. Bloomberg, 12/11. CO, CT, MA, OR, and WA get the green light to enroll members in their state exchanges.

Partner News

The Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) is a nonprofit working to advance an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH), an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. Learn more at www.pcpcc.net
Next Open-Forum Call 
Wed, February 27, 2013
4:00-5:00pm ET

Center Leadership


Anshuman Choudhri
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Becky Brosche
National Director, Employers
Pfizer, Inc


Andrew Webber
President and CEO
National Business Coalition on Health

Bruce Sherman
Consulting Corporate Medical Director
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Charles Chodroff
Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer
Wellspan Health

Charles M. Yarborough
Director of Medical Strategies
Lockheed Martin Corporation

Foong-Khwan Siew
Collaborative Health Solutions

Jill Ruben Hummel
Vice President, Payment Innovation
Wellpoint, Inc

Laura Schmidt
Private Sector Advocacy Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians

Lou Terrenova
Senior Health Policy Analyst, Dept of Practice
American Academy of Pediatrics

Mark Fendrick
University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design

Robert Dribbon
Merck & Co., Inc

Sandra Peters

American Osteopathic Association

Sherry Fischer
Manager, APEX Practice Initiatives

American Academy of Pediatrics

Veronica Goff
Vice President
National Business Group on Health


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