May Month in Review: Counting Down to the Deadlines

Counting Down to the Deadlines
Thursday, May 26th

Dear Members and Friends, 

As the school year comes to a close, we’re planning a “work hard, play hard” summer preparing for payment reform
 with deadlines to meet and regulatory comments to make. We need your help! 

Our first summer deadline is just around the corner. June 8th marks the date that health plans and state Medicaid agencies must sign up to participate with Medicare in the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) initiative. CPC+ is the largest-ever multi-payer initiative designed to transform and improve how primary care is delivered and paid for nationwide, incorporating lessons learned from the original CPC program (termed CPC classic). CMS intends to select 20 CPC+ regions according to where there is sufficient interest from multiple private and public payers. PCPCC strongly encourages health plans and Medicaid agencies to demonstrate their commitment to high-performing primary care by submitting a payer proposal to partner with CMS. Please urge your state Medicaid agencies and regional and national health plans to participate.

Also looming is the June 27th deadline to submit comments to CMS on the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) proposed rule, outlining Medicare’s new quality and payment reform details. The PCPCC’s collective effort to coordinate a thoughtful, unified response to the proposed rule is critical given MACRA’s significant role in setting primary care payment and performance measurement requirements for years to come. PCPCC executive members have the opportunity to help shape our comments to CMS on this historic shift in health care payment by joining us on Friday, June 3 for a discussion of the proposed regulations. If you are an executive member, please join us and make your voice heard.

We are also counting down the months to when we can play hard too. This year marks the PCPCC’s 10th anniversary, with a festive celebration of our collective efforts to promote high-performing primary care across the country. Get a sneak peek at further details below, and submit your nominations for your favorite primary care promoters of the past decade. We want to hear from you! Who do you know that deserves a special shout out for supporting primary care, our primary cause? We will showcase nominees & nominators at the conference, which will feature a new and improved format and an exciting, engaging agenda. It is sure to be our best yet!

Happy Summer!

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
President & Chief Executive Officer

National Briefing Webinar TODAY:

The Role of Nurse Practitioners: Providing Patient-Centered Care 
Today’s nurse practitioners play an important role in managing and delivering health care to Americans. Nurse practitioners (NPs) deliver health care to patients in a variety of settings. This presentation will provide insight on the approach to patient-centered care by nurse practitioners. It will also illustrate the role that NPs can play in our health care system, including a short presentation by an NP-owned and operated clinic that provides primary health care to a diverse patient population across the lifespan.

Join us TODAY, May 26th at 1:00 pm ET for our May National Briefing Webinar!

This Month's Must Reads
Understanding How Payment and Benefit Designs Work Together in Health Care
Health Affairs Blog | 05/25/16

What Lessons Will CMS Apply to CPC+ Initiative? - PCPCC featured and quoted
Physician's Practice Magazine & Diagnostic Imaging | 05/23/16

CMS Issues MACRA Fact Sheet for Small Practices: 3 Key Takeaways
Becker’s Hospital Review | 05/13/16

At Congressional Hearing on MACRA Rule, Focus Turns to Concern for Small Docs
Healthcare Informatics | 05/12/16

Evolving Models of Behavioral Health Integration: Evidence Update 2010-2015
Milbank Memorial Fund | 05/12/16

Physician Payment in Medicare is Changing: Three Highlights in the MACRA Proposed Rule That Providers Need to Know
Health360 (a Brookings Blog) | 05/04/16

View additional news articles and studies on our website at
Come and Celebrate a Decade of Primary Care Success!

This year marks PCPCC’s 10th anniversary, and we plan to celebrate in a big way all we have accomplished together throughout the past decade. Mark your calendars for Nov. 9-11, as this year's conference will have a different dynamic style and condensed format than previous years, with our executive member annual meeting and PCPCC Awards Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 9th, the formal conference and networking reception Thursday, Nov. 10th, and special post-conference mini-summits Friday, Nov. 11th. 

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 retire from the PCPCC Board of Directors and will receive the Barbara Starfield Award at our annual Awards Dinner.
Please Complete Short Survey to Help with Party Planning

Nominate the most innovative, influential, and outstanding primary care promoters of the past decade! Please complete this brief, 6-question survey and stay tuned (watch our newsletters and check our conference website) in the coming weeks as we unveil your nominees, our detailed agenda, valuable sponsorship opportunities, and the chance to network with your colleagues and friends.
Attend the National Medical Home Summit June 6-7

Up to $1500 Discount for PCPCC Executive Members!

PCPCC President and CEO Marci Nielsen is pleased to chair the 2016 National Medical Home Summit June 6-7 in Washington, DC. This year's agenda includes expert faculty from across the country.

PCPCC executive members can take advantage of special discounts that offer significant savings over the regular registration rates. (Not an executive member? Contact Amanda Holt for information.)

If you are a provider, health plan or pharmaceutical company employee, you can receive the greatest discount by using the faculty discount code. Just enter the word "faculty" (no quotes) in the pink discount code box at the bottom of the conference registration page

If you work in academia or the government sector (including employees at safety net clinics), you can register to attend in person for only $495 (a $1500 savings off the standard rate). Simply select "PCPCC Discounted Rate" when you register. 

Scholarships are also available.

On the Road with the PCPCC President & CEO
PCPCC President & CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, will speak at the 8th Annual National Medical Home Summit in Washington, DC, June 6-7. Later in the month, she will travel to Denver to present the distinguished Levitt lecture June 22 at the University of Colorado, Department of Family Medicine. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
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. 
Interested in joining an online community designed for patients, family caregivers, clinicians, and practice staff involved in patient- and family-centered care? Sign up for the PFACNetwork today! Members of this network gain access to expert advice and best practices from health professionals and patient and family advisors nationwide. You can also share stories or just start a conversation in the discussion forums. Learn more here

Introducing PCPCC's New
Online Practice Partnership Map

As part of the PCPCC’s Support & Alignment Network, we are introducing our practice partnership online map! You're invited to explore our interactive map to discover how practices are engaging with patients and working with community-based organizations to provide patient-centered care. 

If you are affiliated with or know of a practice that includes patients in quality improvement and care delivery, there is still an opportunity to highlight the practice here
June 2nd Webinar:
The Role of Leadership in Creating a Culture of Patient- and Family-Centered Care
Topic: Having engaged and committed leadership is essential for driving the practice transformation outlined in the TCPI change package. But what does “engaged and committed leadership” look like day-to-day in the office? 

Hosted by our partners at Planetree, this webinar will address these questions and examine the critical role practice leaders play in championing and orchestrating change; mentoring and developing staff; and recognizing and acting on the knowledge, insights and input from all staff – and patients and family members – in order to create a culture of continuous quality improvement. 

Date: Thursday, June 2nd, 2:00 - 3:15pm ET
  • Sara Guastello, Director of Knowledge Management, Planetree
  • Dael Waxman, MD, Interim Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Carolinas HealthCare System 

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 the Carilion Clinic Department of Family and Community Medicine (FCM), an early adopter of the medical home and the first practice in Virginia to achieve early recognition by NCQA in 2009. The Department later expanded and brought medical home initiatives to all 44 sites within the FCM footprint of services. The Carilion Clinic has achieved both regional and national recognition for its work in medical home strategies and most recently was recognized in Modern Healthcare and other publications.

Upcoming Events

May 26 - June 30
PCPCC National Briefing webinar - The Role of Nurse Practitioners in Health Care: Providing Patient-Centered Care
May 26 | Webinar

National Center for Medical Home Implementation webinar - Changing Relationships: How to Foster Effective Communication with Patients and Families
May 31 | Webinar

PCPCC and Planetree webinar - The Role of Leadership in Creating a Culture of Patient- and Family-Centered Care
June 2 | Webinar

8th Annual National Medical Home Summit
June 6-7 | Washington, DC

AHRQ 2016 TeamSTEPPS National Conference
June 8-10 | Washington, DC

24th Annual International Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services Conference
June 8-10 | New Haven, CT

Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care Conference - Charting the Future of Primary Care: A Case-Based Program
June 9-12 | Boston, MA

PCPCC Executive Member Monthly Briefing
June 28 | Webinar or Conference Call

PCPCC National Briefing Webinar
June 30 | Webinar

Save The Date! 

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

For additional events, click here.

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