June Month in Review: Evidence Report Release on July 10, Sign on to Shared Principles

Thursday, June 29

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The last many months on the federal health policy front have certainly been uncertain. Here at the PCPCC, we have been tracking the House and Senate legislative proposals and following regulations to understand their impact on primary care. This week we issued a PCPCC statement identifying concerns about provisions in the proposed Senate legislation, reaffirmed that primary care should be accessible, high quality and affordable for all, and expressed our desire to work with Congress to craft legislation that would ensure these outcomes.

Meanwhile, we are also gearing up to release our annual Evidence Report at a briefing on Capitol Hill in the Cannon Building, Room 122 on July 10. This report (the sixth in a series) analyzes studies that have evaluated patient-centered medical homes and other advanced primary care efforts in order to show their impact on cost, quality, and utilization. We hope that you can join us at the briefing or attend our webinar scheduled for August 16. I want to personally thank the researchers at the Robert Graham Center for their work on the report, for the financial support of the Milbank Memorial Fund, and the BCBS Association for their partnership in disseminating the report to Capitol Hill. 

You can also join the effort to shape the future of primary care by signing on to the Shared Principles of Primary Care. These principles, crafted by 300 diverse stakeholders, are designed to help all of us achieve the goals of better health, better care, lower costs, and greater joy for clinicians while providing high-quality and patient-centered primary care.

We also hope you are planning to attend our upcoming conference, which will be organized around these Shared Principles and will offer attendees the chance to learn from innovators in the field who are already putting these principles into action.

Ann Greiner, MCP
President & CEO

Early Bird Rates Available for Annual Fall Conference

Mark Your Calendar for Oct. 11-12! 

Registration is open for our Annual Fall Conference, Primary Care Innovations: Putting Shared Principles into Practice.

This year's conference will bring the new Shared Principles of Primary Care to life by featuring primary care innovations from across the country that exemplify each of the seven principles. Conference attendees will hear first-hand about interdisciplinary primary care practice models, payment reforms, and other models of success in advanced primary care. They will also hear timely updates on key developments in the federal and state legislative and regulatory areas that affect primary care.
Register by July 15 to receive the Early Bird rate for #PCPCC2017! 
New Evidence Report to be Released on July 10 

Annual Report Examines Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality & Utilization

Mark your calendars for July 10! PCPCC will unveil our highly anticipated annual advanced primary care and patient-centered medical home (PCMH) evidence report live at a Capitol Hill briefing in Washington, DC and the full report will be made available for download online. 

We will also be hosting a free webinar on August 16, providing a perfect opportunity for interested parties to learn more about the report, its findings, and the implications for primary care. 

News of Note
CBO Scores Senate ACA Repeal 
Health Leaders Media | 06/26/17

9 Major Takeaways from the 2018 MACRA Proposed Rule 
Healthcare Dive | 06/26/17

Community Health Centers Improved Care Access in Medical Home Model, but Spending Increased
Modern Healthcare | 06/23/17

How the American Health Care Act's Changes to Medicaid will Affect Hospital Finances in Every State
Commonwealth Fund | 06/23/17

Bright Spots in Care Management (Report)
Robert Graham Center | June 2017

CMS Overpaid Nearly $730 Million in Meaningful Use Incentives, OIG Says 
Healthcare IT News | 06/12/17

Is Value-Based Care Making a Difference? 
Healthcare Dive | 06/07/17

Primary Care Compensation on the Rise; Family Physicians up 17%
Health Leaders Media | 06/05/17

View additional primary care-related news articles and studies from May on our website at pcpcc.org/news.
Practice Transformation Corner

Expand Your Care Team to Include Community Partners

Successful practice transformation requires the adoption of alternative models for providing patient-centered care. Community-based organizations, like the YMCA, can play an integral role in helping patients improve health outcomes and practices meet quality goals. The YMCA delivers evidence-based programs (i.e. Diabetes Prevention Program, LIVESTRONG, and Enhance Fitness) that support lifestyle modification and enhance disease self-management.

On our PCPCC SAN webinar last week, special guests from the YMCA of the USA and University of Washington Medicine shared essential tips for starting a community - clinical partnership in the practice.

Here are a few you may find useful:
  • Go outside the walls of your practice 
  • Identify champions that can advocate for potential partnerships (from the practice and community)
  • Find the low-hanging fruit--where priorities of each organization align 
  • Set up internal processes/logistics for implementation
  • Promote provider education/awareness building
  • Track patient utilization (of services) and health outcomes
  • Communicate patient data back to the provider
  • Evaluate and revise your process continuously
Additional Tools/Resources
Interested in other ways to expand or enhance your care team? The National Nurse-Led Consortium SAN has developed educational tools to meet your needs. Find more information here!

PCPCC Statement on Draft Senate Health Care Bill 
PCPCC advocates for high quality, affordable and patient-centered primary care for all. We evaluate proposed changes to healthcare legislation against these goals, and issued a statement this week on our concerns with the Senate's draft health care bill and our desire to work with Congress on developing health care legislation that expands access to high performing primary care proven to improve overall quality and to reduce costs.
Sign on to the Shared Principles of Primary Care 
Multiple organizations in the primary care field came together to create the updated Shared Principles of Primary Care, with the goal of moving the United States toward a vibrant future of person-centered, team-based, and community aligned primary care. We hope your organization will sign on by September 2 to help support the future of primary care. Supporting organizations will be recognized at our annual fall conference in October.

Upcoming Events

July - August
Evidence Report Briefing on Capitol Hill
July 10 | co-hosted by PCPCC and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Webinar: PCPCC Executive Member Policy and Advocacy Call
July 11 | hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative

Webinar: PCPCC Executive Member Monthly Briefing
July 26 | hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative

Webinar: PCPCC Executive Member Policy and Advocacy Call
August 8 | hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative

Webinar: Evidence Report - Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality, & Utilization
August 16 | hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative 

Webinar: Achieving the Quadruple Aim Through Patient & Clinician Partnerships: How PFE Made The Difference
August 23 | hosted by the Primary Care Collaborative

Our Annual Fall Conference will be held Oct. 11-12 in Washington, DC.

For additional events, click here.

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