January Month in Review: It's 'Snow' Lie: PCMH Evidence Piles Up!

It's 'Snow' Lie: PCMH Evidence Piles Up! 
Thursday, January 28th
Dear Members and Friends, 

Next week, we will uncover our latest report highlighting this year’s evidence that links the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) with lower costs and improved health care quality. "The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality: Annual Review of Evidence 2014-2015” is our most significant report to date, summarizing 30 primary care PCMH initiatives from around the country that measured cost and utilization of services, and – new this year – payment models. At a Capitol Hill briefing next Tuesday Feb 2nd, the Congressional Primary Care Caucus will host us for a panel discussion about the evidence and its implications – especially in light of federal payment reform and future requirements for status as a PCMH 
– conversations happening right now. 

Look for an email next week that will include the final publication. We encourage you to check out the report, share it with colleagues, and post your thoughts on the PCMH news. For those on Twitter, join the conversation next week using the hashtag #PCMHevidence. For those wanting to listen in on the details, join our next National Briefing webinar on Thursday, Feb. 11. And for those looking for details on PCMHs in your community/state, remember all of the studies, programs, and reports included in the publication can be found online on our Primary Care Innovations and PCMH Map.

The snow piles in DC didn’t keep us from weighing in on the Senate Finance Committee's Bipartisan Chronic Care Working Group’s policy options paper. We offered our support for Medicare policies that impact those with chronic illness, such as: improving the delivery of behavioral health services within primary care; promoting the development of aligned quality measures that are meaningful to patients; and improving access to care management by reducing out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries – especially those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and of limited means.

And this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more information on the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative and our work with other CMS Support and Alignment Network partners – and thank you – as always for all you do to promote the power of primary care, our primary cause!
Stay warm!

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer

This Month's Top 5 Must Reads
BCBSM Aims to Include Pharmacists in PCMH Care Teams
Managed Healthcare Executive | 1/07/2016

Solo and Small Practices: A Vital, Diverse Part of Primary Care
Annals of Family Medicine | 1/11/2016

Paying Providers For Value: The Path Forward
Health Affairs Blog | 1/14/2016

How the Patient-Centered Medical Home 'Repackages' Primary Care
HealthIT Analytics | 1/15/2016

How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers
The New York Times | 1/16/2016

View additional PCMH-related news articles and studies from January on our website at pcpcc.org/news.
PCPCC Learning Events
Patient Partners Key to Successful Clinical Transformation - How to Get Started!

Join us for the kick-off of a monthly webinar training series on patient, family, and caregiver engagement hosted by PCPCC's Support & Alignment Network.  A primary care practice in New York, HRHcare, will share its success story of patient-clinician collaboration.

Training Faculty & Presenters:  When. Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Online, register now
This event is free of charge but advanced registration is required.

Do Medical Homes Work? PCPCC Unveils New Medical Home Evidence Report on Cost, Utilization, & Payment Reform

Join us for our next National Briefing webinar where we will provide a detailed overview of our new patient-centered medical home evidence report: 
Who: Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Care Collaborative 
When: Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: Online, register today
This event is free of charge but advanced registration is required.
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, spent time this week attending the American Board of Family Medicine's winter board meeting. On March 5, she will speak at the National Medical Association Health Policy Colloquium. On March 10, she will speak at The Johns Hopkins Department of Pharmacy Grand Rounds, and on March 11, she will speak at the University of Kansas about innovations in rural health. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
TCPI Corner

The Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) is well underway and we have some great new resources and recruitment materials to help you get involved, including:
  • Practice Transformation Network (PTN) "Guidebook"  – access details on clinician recruitment & technical assistance for all 29 PTNs
  • PTN Map - explore this new online map on the Healthcare Communities portal to identify where PTNs are operating nationwide. Sign up for the  portal to access information from all TCPI networks.
Want to get involved? Check out how these PTNs can help your practice transform:  To learn more about PCPCC's Support & Alignment Network (SAN), access our SAN Toolkit.
PCPCC Weighs in on Chronic Care Reform For Medicare

This month, the PCPCC responded to a policy options document released by the Senate Finance Committee's Chronic Care Working Group. Click here to view our comments.
Upcoming Events

Jan. 28 - Feb. 29
National Health Policy Conference 
Feb. 1-2
 | AcademyHealth

Capitol Hill Briefing: The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality, Annual Review of the Evidence 2014-2015
Feb. 2 |
 PCPCC, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and the Milbank Memorial Fund


Patient Partners Key to Successful Clinical Transformation - How to Get Started! 
Feb. 4 |
 PCPCC webinar

Do Medical Homes Work? PCPCC Unveils New Medical Home Report on Cost, Utilization, & Payment Reform 
Feb. 11 |
 PCPCC webinar

PCPCC Executive Member Monthly Conference Call  
Feb. 23 |
 PCPCC conference call

Save The Date the PCPCC 2016 Annual Fall Conference!

PCPCC 2016 Annual Fall Conference
Nov. 9 - 11  l  Washington, DC, Grand Hyatt Washington

For additional events, click here.

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