June Month in Review: Summer Solstice & MACRA Madness!

Summer Solstice & MACRA Madness!
Thursday, June 30th

Dear Members and Friends, 

Summer began with a big splash as we worked closely with our executive members to carefully craft a collaborative response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for implementing the bipartisan Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Our candid and concise feedback is necessary as the agency finalizes the regulations, due out in November, which sets in place paradigm-shifting Medicare payment reform for many years to come. Leading a careful, clear, and workable implementation of this historic law is an immense challenge, but its importance cannot be overstated.

Please read our official comment letter to CMS, our press release that provides an overview of our comments, and join us this afternoon for our next National Briefing webinar that will take a deeper dive into the proposed rule and recommendations for improvements, “Payment Reform, Medicare & Primary Care: Why We Have to Care About MACRA & the Proposed Rule” (see details below).

While we commended CMS for its efforts to overhaul health care payment and better reward patient-centered primary care through MACRA, we also offered several specific recommendations for strengthening the proposed regulations in order to simplify, spread, and scale high-performing primary care:

  • Expand recognition of patient-centered medical homes;
  • Provide multiple pathways for medical homes to qualify as advanced alternative payment models; 
  • Acknowledge the challenges of solo and small practices and provide greater support for them;
  • Revise the implementation timeline;
  • Strengthen beneficiary engagement; and
  • Streamline quality measurement by including a parsimonious unified set of quality measures from the Core Quality Measures Collaborative.

Given Medicare’s influence on the U.S. health care marketplace, MACRA’s reach will extend far beyond the confines of CMS and Medicare. As a unique coalition representing health care providers, patients, and payers, the PCPCC stands ready to engage and collaborate with organizations that are keenly interested in payment reform that supports high-performing, team-based, patient-centered primary care for all. If you would like to learn more about joining our Collaborative as an executive member and the many benefits that you can reap, please contact Amanda Holt on our team.

Best wishes for a safe, relaxing, and fun Independence Day!

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer

National Briefing Webinar TODAY:

Payment Reform, Medicare, & Primary Care -
Why We Have to Care About MACRA & the Proposed Rule
What is MACRA, and why is it such a hot topic in health policy and advanced primary care? How did the PCPCC respond to the 962-page proposed rule that outlines its details? Join us for our June National Briefing webinar to get the inside scoop and to hear a summary of the comments the PCPCC submitted to CMS just prior to the June 27th deadline. After spending hours and weeks carefully combing through the proposed regulations and convening with its executive members, the PCPCC responded with a thoughtful, collaborative response that addressed the most important issues related to advanced primary care and the PCMH. Hear the highlights on this webinar! 

Join us TODAY, June 30th at 1:00 pm ET for our June National Briefing Webinar!

This Month's Must Reads
Docs, Nurses Press for Changes to MACRA Rule
MedPage Today | 6/27/2016

HHS Announces Major Initiative to Help Small Practices Prepare for the Quality Payment Program
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | 6/20/2016

NCQA Releases Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Updates
Health IT Analytics | 6/14/2016

Implementing MACRA: Implications for Physicians and for Physician Leadership
JAMA | 6/14/2016

Team-Based Care: What Do Patients Think? 
Primary Care Progress Blog | 06/09/16

Breaking Down the Basics of the Patient-Centered Medical Home - PCPCC featured
Health IT Analytics | 06/04/16

View additional news articles and studies on our website at pcpcc.org/news.
PCPCC Annual Fall Conference & Awards Dinner to Celebrate 10 Great Years of Achievements
Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner to Honor the 'Godfather' of the PCMH
This year marks the PCPCC’s 10th anniversary, and we plan to celebrate a decade of accomplishments in a big way! The celebration will kick off Wednesday, Nov. 9, with our exclusive executive member annual meeting, followed by a cocktail reception and an unforgettable 10th Anniversary Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner.

This year, we will honor three distinguished individuals who have dedicated their careers to promoting advanced primary care and the medical home, including the internationally recognized “godfather” of the patient-centered medical home, Dr. Paul Grundy. We will thank him for his significant accomplishments and wish him well as he retires from the PCPCC Board of Directors. 

Don't miss the opportunity to mix and mingle with many of the most influential leaders in health care transformation. Reserve your seat for the Awards Dinner today!
2016 Annual Fall Conference: Primary Care, Our Primary Cause
After Wednesday’s executive member meeting and Award’s Dinner, our 2016 Annual Fall Conference officially kicks off on Thursday, November 10th and is sure to be our best one yet! We’ve added new, dynamic content, and condensed into a single full-day event. Then on Friday, November 11th we will host two special post-conference summits: one on Patient and Family Partner Training, and another to develop the new “Shared Principles of Primary Care” in partnership with Family Medicine for America’s Health. More details to come!

Conference Headline topics include:
  • Primary Care & Health Policy: A Look Ahead with Post-November Election Analysis
  • Paying for High-Performing Primary Care (including analysis of MACRA, CPC+, and other payment reforms)
  • Promoting the Quadruple Aim: High-Performing, Team-based Primary Care That Includes Patients & Families
  • A special address from our Founding President Paul Grundy, MD, who will receive the prestigious Barbara Starfield Award at our Annual Awards Dinner. 
Explore the full conference agenda and don't miss this once-a-year opportunity to learn from the best and brightest in health care transformation and advanced primary care!
Showcase Your Support for Primary Care: Invest in a Sponsorship
Sponsorship of our Annual Fall Conference and/or Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner provides the perfect opportunity to not only show your company or organization's support for patient-centered primary care, but also to make valuable contacts and develop relationships with the top players in advanced primary care, medical home, and accountable care markets. Various levels of sponsorship opportunities are available, and PCPCC executive members receive discounts on sponsorships.

Welcome New Executive Members!
As a non-profit membership organization, we rely on executive membership dues to support our work, and we are grateful for a growing executive member roster. 

This month, we welcome A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Community Health (ATSU-KCOM). ATSU-KCOM's mission is to educate and train students to become highly competent osteopathic physicians and healthcare leaders in the Primary Care Workforce Competencies endorsed by the Primary Care Collaborative by using principles of the Patient Centered Medical Home and the Chronic Care Model.

How Can You Support Practice Transformation?
The PCPCC Support & Alignment Network (SAN) is part of the larger Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI), a federal initiative launched in 2015 to guide and support practices as they transform the way they deliver care. 

More Than 100 Practices Highlighted on New Practice Partnership Map

Since our launch last month, we have received more than 100 submissions for our online practice partnership map. Patient/family and community partnership activities, along with practice descriptions, are included in each practice profile. We also plan to add stories describing the impact patients and families make as active partners in practice transformation. 

If your practice includes patients in quality improvement and care delivery, we invite you to highlight your program activities here
Upcoming Training Opportunity for Patient/Family Partners & Clinicians
July 25-27, 2016
New York Marriott Marquis
New York, New York

Hosted by the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC), this conference offers:
  • A great lineup of plenary speakers;
  • More than 100 sessions, 80 posters, continuing education credits;
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities; and 
  • A first-rate exhibit hall.
*A limited number of registration scholarships are available through the PCPCC SAN. If funds are not available through your PTN to support your enrolled clinicians to attend with their patient/family partner, please contact Jacinta Smith to discuss ways the PCPCC SAN can help.

On the Road With the PCPCC President and CEO
PCPCC President & CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, was delighted to deliver the distinguished Levitt lecture June 22 at the University of Colorado, Department of Family Medicine. In July, she will join her colleagues at the American College of Physicians to celebrate the leadership of Steven E. Weinberger, MD, MACP, FRCP, who will retire as CEO and EVP in September 2016. We are grateful to Dr. Weinberger for his tireless support of the PCPCC.

Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
Upcoming Events

June 30 - July 28
July 25-27 | New York, NY

Center for Patient Partnerships- Learning from Patient Experience: Where We Have Been & Where We Can Go 
July 27 | Webinar

PCPCC Executive Member Monthly Briefing
July 26 | Webinar or Conference Call

AAFP National Conference of Residents and Medical Students
July 28-30 | Kansas City, MO

PCPCC National Briefing Webinar
July 28 | Webinar

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

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