Month in Review: True Evidence Lasts Forever Plus National Briefing Today!

True Evidence Lasts Forever
Thursday, February 26th
Dear Members and Friends, 

February got off to a great start as our stakeholders and the media continued to share and discuss our latest 2015 Annual Evidence Report. The publication, released on Jan. 30 at a Congressional briefing, generated a warm reception and some great buzz in the news and on social media. As federal agencies and policymakers look to advanced primary care models as a solution to climbing health care costs, the publication provides a relevant and impressive snapshot of the primary care patient-centered medical home evidence base. For your future education and advocacy efforts, we compiled a useful suite of Evidence Report resources as well as the related news clips – be sure to check them out below.  

This year began with important developments in health policy that impacts primary care. Building from the announcements in January on the need to expand value based payments in the public and private sector, in early February, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology unveiled its preliminary roadmap to achieve HIT interoperability by 2017. In addition, AcademyHealth hosted its annual National Health Policy Conference in Washington D.C., where I had the opportunity to moderate a break out session on the future of accountable care and primary care transformation. The three-day conference convened industry leaders from across the health care sector, and included David Lansky from the Pacific Business Group on Health who discussed their latest report - published by the Milbank Memorial Fund - that focuses on engaging self-insured employers in multi-payer reform.

The Milbank Memorial Fund also recently released a report on the integration of primary care into behavioral health settings for individuals with serious mental illness. We've invited the author of the report, Martha Gerrity, MD, MPH, PhD to discuss the report today on our National Briefing at 1 p.m. EST. We would love for you to join us. 
National Briefing Information:
Primary Care Integration into Behavioral Health Settings:
Supporting Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. EST
Register (for free!) here

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
PCPCC Evidence Report In The News
View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from February on our website at
ICYMI: New PCPCC Evidence Report Released
At a Congressional Briefing on Jan. 30, the PCPCC released its 2015 Annual Evidence Report titled, The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality, Review of Evidence 2013-2014. The publication highlights new evidence from primary care patient-centered medical home initiatives taking place in both public and private markets throughout the United States. 

If you're interested in learning more about the publication, you can:
  • Download the report, executive summary, and data tables
  • Watch the recorded Congressional briefing
  • View photos from the Congressional briefing
  • Check out news articles and social media traction
  • Access detailed descriptions of the programs included in the report
Stories from the Nexus 
Next month, in collaboration with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, the PCPCC is releasing Stories from the Nexus, a five-part podcast series based on the PCPCC's publication Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Care.

The series, to be released in April, includes interviews with representatives from three of the seven programs highlighted in the publication and provides an in-depth look at each program's experiences, opportunities, and challenges.

Look out for more information and the release of the first podcast toward the end of the month. 
Welcome New PCPCC Executive Member FMAH!
Family Medicine for America’s Health is a new collaboration between the eight leading family medicine organizations in the United States to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care.
See you in Philly!
The 7th National Medical Home Summit is less than a month away! Join the PCPCC and Thomas Jefferson University on March 23 - 25 in Philadelphia to hear from leading authorities and practitioners in the medical home field from around the country. Register today!
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, has a busy month ahead. At the beginning of the March he will attend the 2015 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Annual Educational Conference. He'll later keynote the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative conference and speak at the National Conference on Health Care and Domestic Violence. He will conclude the month at the Medical Group Management Association Business of Care Delivery Conference in Austin, TX. Follow Paul @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH will head to the Southern College Health Association Conference in North Carolina to speak to 250 physicians, nurses, and administrators from student health centers across the southeast about training the next generation of health professionals. At the end of the month, she will open the joint plenary session at the 7th Medical Home Summit in Philadelphia. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
CMS Seeks Comments on Advanced Primary Care Models
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a request for information on advanced primary care models. The agency is seeking public comment from a broad range of industry stakeholders and specifically wants feedback on ways to:
  • encourage more comprehensive primary care delivery;
  • improve the care of patients with complex needs; 
  • facilitate robust connections to the medical neighborhood and community-based services; and 
  • move payment from encounter-based towards value-driven, population-based care.
For further information, contact [email protected] with “RFI” in the subject line. 
Engaging Self-Insured Employers

The Milbank Memorial Fund recently released a new report titled All Aboard: Engaging Self-Insured Employers in Multi-Payer Reform. 

The publication examines the extent to which self-insured employers are participating in the kind of delivery system transformation envisioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) State Innovation Models (SIM) program.

Download the report today.
Upcoming Events
March 1 - March 31
Meals on Wheels More Than a Meal Research Briefing
March 10 | Meals on Wheels 

Incorporating Patient Perspectives in Measuring Quality and Value
March 13 | National Health Policy Forum

16th Annual International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community
March 15 - 17 | Institute for Healthcare Improvement

National Webinar on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) and the Use of Decision Aids to Facilitate Shared Decision Making
March 18 | AHRQ

National Action Conference: Policies and Payment Systems to Improve End-of-Life Care
March 20 | Institute of Medicine

National Medical Home Summit
March 23 - 25 | PCPCC & Thomas Jefferson University 

Tools for Engaging Patients in Quality Improvement
March 25 | Aligning Forces for Quality & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Population Management Executive Development Program
March 30 - April 1 | Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Moving Forward with Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality and Safety seminar
March 30 - April 1 | Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care

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

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.

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