May Month in Review: Primary Care is Blooming Plus National Briefing Today!

Primary Care is Blooming
Thursday, May 21
Dear Members and Friends, 

Primary care continues to make major media headlines. This month’s New Yorker featured another awe-inspiring article by Atul Gawande, this time focused on how payment models that promote primary care are leading to better value and outcomes in our expensive health system.

“Waste is not just consuming a third of health-care spending; it’s costing people’s lives. As long as a more thoughtful, more measured style of medicine keeps improving outcomes, change should be easy to cheer for… An entire health-care system has been devoted to this game. Yet we’re finally seeing evidence that the system can change—even in the most expensive places for health care in the country.”

National Public Radio also showcased primary care highlighting research from the Annals of Family Medicine. The study demonstrated that more comprehensive primary care can lead to cost savings, stating that “patients of physicians who provided a wider range of services experienced fewer hospitalizations and incurred lower health care costs.” 

We’ll be emphasizing the power of primary care as we gear up for our 2015 Annual Fall Conference taking place in Washington, DC Nov. 11 - 13. At this year’s conference and Awards Dinner we will be celebrating the recently announced winners of the PCPCC’s 2015 Primary Care Leadership Awards, recognizing the accomplishments of our esteemed colleagues, all long time champions of primary care:
  • Calvin Sia, MD receiving the Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award for his legendary work in pioneering the medical home movement in the early 1960s. 
  • Christine Sinsky, MD (on behalf of Medical Associates Clinic and Health Plans) receiving the Patient-Centered Medical Home Practice Award for her thoughtful leadership in promoting the “joy of practice.”
  • Melinda Abrams, MS (on behalf of the Commonwealth Fund) receiving the Primary Care Community/Research Leadership Award for her enthusiastic commitment to health system transformation through better primary care.
We hope you and your colleagues plan to join us for dinner on Nov. 12 to help us honor our 2015 Award winners (and yes, Dr. Sia and his wife are coming all the way from Hawaii!) - please help us pay tribute and join this very special celebration!


Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
National Briefing Today!
Today at 1 p.m. EST, Janice Genevro, PhD, MSW, a health scientist at AHRQ, will join the PCPCC's National Briefing to provide an exploration of the PCMH Resource Center web site and other AHRQ tools designed to support the delivery of evidence-based, patient-centered primary care.
An Exploration of AHRQ's PCMH Resource Center
TODAY May 21 at 1 p.m. EST
Register (for free!) here
Top 5 Must Reads
View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from May on our website at
Registration is Open for PCPCC's Annual Fall Conference!
Registration is officially open! Join us for the PCPCC 2015 Annual Fall Conference Nov. 11 – Nov. 13, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. 

Now more than ever we have the opportunity to set a new vision for the future of our health care system. Our theme this year, Investing in Primary Care: Patients, Professionals, & Payment, offers the opportunity for you and your colleagues to participate in dozens of panel discussions and workshops that will focus on three key areas in need of increased investment including:
  • Payment reform in primary care 
  • Bolstering and expanding the primary care workforce 
  • Activating patients and families in their care, quality improvement and policy development 
This year our program will not only include high-level policy discussions from primary care and medical home thought leaders, but also “how to” discussions led by experts in the field in our workshops and break-out sessions. 

Register today!
Recently Released
Papers and Reports

To Be or Not to Be Comprehensive | Annals of Family Medicine | May

Health IT–Enabled Care Coordination: A National Survey of Patient-Centered Medical Home Clinicians | Annals of Family Medicine | May

More Comprehensive Care Among Family Physicians is Associated with Lower Costs and Fewer Hospitalizations | Annals of Family Medicine | May

Association of Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations vs Traditional Medicare Fee for Service With Spending, Utilization, and Patient Experience | JAMA | 05/04/15

Medicaid Primary Care Parity | Health Affairs Blog | 05/11/15

Care Fragmentation, Quality, and Costs Among Chronically Ill Patients | AJMC | 05/14/15

Upcoming Events
May 28 - June 30
Beyond Implementation: Capturing the Value of Care Coordination
May 28 | National Center for Medical Home Implementation

MACRA - Charting the Future of Original Medicare
May 29 | CAPG

AHRQ's SHARE Approach Workshop
June 3 & 8 | AHRQ

2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference
Accountable Care: Accelerating the Evolution
June 11 - 14 | San Diego, CA, Grand Hyatt

Transforming the Primary Care Practice
June 16 - 18 | Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Modern Healthcare’s Third Annual Patient Safety & Quality Virtual Conference: The Road to Better, Safer Care
June 17 | Modern Healthcare

3rd Annual Primary Care and Texas Health Home Summit
June 18 - 19 | Texas Medical Home Initiative & Texas Health Institute

PCPCC 2015 Annual Fall Conference
Investing in Primary Care: Patients, Professionals, & Payment
Nov. 11 - 13  l  Washington, DC, Grand Hyatt Washington

For additional events, click here.
New Results and Evidence Page
Today the PCPCC is launching a new Results and Evidence page! At you can access an aggregation of program evaluation resources as well as education and advocacy tools developed for advanced primary care and PCMH advocates. Resources include:
  • a list of peer-reviewed outcomes data published in peer-reviewed journals;
  • evaluation data for programs featured in the Primary Care Innovations and PCMH Map;
  • the 2015 Annual Evidence Report, and more!  
Check out the new page today! 
MACRA Resources
Last month's passage of the the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) marked the beginning of a major shift in the U.S. health care system. Here are a few excellent resources that can aid you in learning more about the law. 
Patients Deserve a Seat at the Table
Last month, the PCPCC signed onto the Partnership to Improve Patient Care's (PIPC) letter requesting the Department of Health and Human Services to recognize patients as key stakeholders in the Better, Smarter, Healthier initiative and in the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.  

On May 8, Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & CMS Chief Medical Officer, responded to the letter and encouraged all interested patients, patient organizations and family caregivers to register for the Network here
PCPCC on the Road
At the beginning of June, PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will head to England to give a keynote address at the NHS Confederation Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015. Next, he'll attend and speak at several events including: the Greater Newark HealthCare Coalition 6th Annual PCP Summit in New Jersey; the 2015 Texas Health Home and Primary Care Summit in Texas; and the NJ/Rutgers Delivery System Transformation Stakeholder Meeting in New Jersey. He'll conclude the month at the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians '2015 Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium.' Follow Paul @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH will lead the PCPCC's preconference taking place at CAPG's 13th Annual Healthcare Conference in San Diego on June 11. Next, she'll speak at the Sixth National Accountable Care Organization Summit in Washington D.C. on advancing primary care and delivery design. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!

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