Month in Review: Lame Duck for Turkey Day

Lame Duck for Turkey Day
Wednesday, November 26th
 Dear Members and Friends, 

Thank you all for making our Annual Meeting a success! For those of you who attended, we hope you enjoyed the content and networking and welcome your feedback. Save the date for our conference next year Nov. 11 - 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. Also, check out fun photos from the event!

In addition to hearing from innovative and engaging speakers on topics ranging from new community partnerships (YMCAs, Meals on Wheels, Area Agencies on Aging) to inspirational patient experiences to internationally known experts on Accountable Care and social supports for the elderly and those with disabilities, we also had the opportunity to hear timely updates on post-election health care policy from Congressional Committee staffers. Here are the major takeaways:
  • Sustainable Growth Rate: There is consensus on the Hill that final passage of a legislative proposal to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replace it with a fair and stable Medicare physician payment system is long overdue. However, with looming deadlines competing for action during the lame duck session, there is no guarantee we'll see any movement before the next short term “doc fix” payment patch expires on April 1, 2015. 
  • Medicaid Parity: The Affordable Care Act raised the typically very low Medicaid reimbursement rate for physicians to match Medicare’s higher rate, but only through the end of 2014. A bill introduced by Senators Brown and Murray (S. 2694) extends the higher reimbursement rate through 2016 and allows other clinicians who provide primary care services to be included. At this point it is unclear whether we'll see the rate extended before Dec. 31. Read our letter of support
  • Affordable Care Act (ACA): With the upcoming changes in leadership in Congress (with Republicans extending their majority in the House and taking control in the Senate), threats to the ACA are guaranteed. Other actions expected in the coming months include efforts to repeal or alter specific provisions of the ACA, such as the medical device tax, 30-hour week, and the employer mandate. 
Other high-priority programs that the PCPCC is tracking include: community health centers; loan repayment (National Health Service Corps); and training programs for primary care health professionals (Teaching Health Centers). Visit our advocacy alert page for updates on important legislative issues.

Due to the holiday, we won't be hosting our monthly National Briefing but we encourage you to register for our Dec. 11 webinar to learn about our upcoming publication sponsored by numerous health professional organizations. The report focuses on innovative interprofessional primary care training programs across the country. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving – we are thankful for your commitment to enhanced primary care!
December Webinar Information:
Interprofessional Primary Care Training: Seven Champion Programs
Dec. 11 | 3 - 4 p.m. EST
Register (for free!) here

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
This Month's Top 5 Must Reads
View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from November on our website at
New Education & Training Publication to be Released!
On December 11, 2014, the PCPCC will release a new publication focused on interprofessional primary care training.

The goal of the report is to highlight the many institutions across the country that have developed innovative programs to train students and residents in diverse health professions to work together as teams. The publication examines seven exemplary programs that train medical students, residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and other health professionals for work in patient-centered medical homes.

Register for our webinar to hear more about the publication. 
Board Member Updates
The PCPCC is proud to announce our newest member of the PCPCC Board of Directors and upcoming new Board leadership.
The PCPCC welcomes David Hebert, JD, CEO of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners to the board of directors. Long-time executive members of the PCPCC, we're so excited to have the nurse practitioners as part of our Board of Directors to help set the vision and strategy for our organization.
Doug Henley, MD, FAAFP, executive vice president and CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians will begin serving as Chair of the Board, effective January 1. He will succeed David Nace, vice president, clinical development, McKesson Corporation, who chaired the board for three years. Jill Hummel, president & general manager, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Connecticut, WellPoint, Inc. will serve in the position of Chair-elect. Andrew Webber, chief executive officer, Maine Health Management Coalition, serves as our Treasurer.
In Case You Missed It:
Check out photos from the PCPCC Annual Fall Conference on our Facebook page and view conference slides and materials here.
Save the Date!

PCPCC's Congressional Briefing

Speakers: PCPCC, Milbank Memorial Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield and other guest speakers
What: Hosted by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), we will release PCPCC's newest report, The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality, Review of Evidence 2013-2014
When: Friday, January 30, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET.
Where: Capitol Visitor Center, SVC203-02, Washington, DC.
Who: Open to the public, advanced registration required. Space limited. Lunch will be provided. 
RSVP: Register by January 19, 2014
Welcome New PCPCC Executive Member!

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Upcoming Events
December 1 - December 31
Hospital Readmissions: Impact of Mental Illness
Dec. 2 |
M3 Clinician, Greater Baltimore Committee, Medical Home Development Group

Rx Innovation: A Discussion on Biosimilars, Patient Access & Affordability
Dec. 4 | The Hill

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Dec. 4 | The Road to Team-Based Primary Care and Behavioral Health

The Current State of Children's Health, Health Care Delivery and Coverage
Dec. 8 | Health Affairs

mHealth’s Impact Across the Care Continuum
Dec. 9 | Fierce Mobile Healthcare

For additional events, click here.
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will head to Fort Worth, Texas at the beginning of December to join Phytel's Annual Client Conference and Executive Forum. He will address the group and discuss outcomes of the patient-centered medical home. Follow Paul @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH is a member of the National Quality Forum's (NQF) Measures Applications Partnership (MAP) Clinician Workgroup and will attend their December meeting in Washington, D.C. Follow  Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC.

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