Month in Review: Schools IN for Summer! Plus, National Briefing Today!

Schools IN for Summer!
Thursday, July 31st
Dear Members and Friends, 

With school out and Congressional recess quickly approaching, we have officially entered the dog days of summer. However, our colleagues at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) have been busy, recently publishing their Graduate Medical Education Funding report, which makes recommendations for modernizing how we train the U.S. physician workforce. We have also been busy on the workforce front, and are excited to share with you 31 new programs just added to our Patient Centered Primary Care Training Program Database. This online tool allows you to search for education and training programs throughout the country focused on team-based primary care from a wide variety of disciplines.

As reflected by the growing numbers of interprofessional training programs focused on team-based care, we are seeing a positive trend in the growth of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) serving as a foundation for health system transformation. Providers and payers alike are seeing positive outcomes from this model of care being implemented across the country. Just last week CareFirst and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced millions of dollars in savings accredited to their PCMH programs.
In our journey towards lowered costs and improved quality and outcomes, patients and families are a critical part (and many times untapped resource) of the care team. To better understand the role that patients and families can play in improving the quality of care within the medical home, join us today for our July National Briefing. We are thrilled to have the National Partnership for Women & Families discuss their work with patient/family engagement using patient-centered delivery models.

National Briefing Information:
Patients and Families as Partners in Care Delivery Transformation
July 31 | 1PM ET - 2PM ET
Register (for free!) here
Download presentation slides here
As a reminder, as the summer comes to an end next month we will not be hosting any learning events or sending a monthly newsletter in August.  Expect to hear from us again in September. 


Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
This Month in Medical Home News...
PCPCC in the News
New form of U.S. healthcare saves money, improves quality, one insurer findsReuters, 07/10/2014 
What in the World is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?Motion Picture & Television Fund, 07/22/2014

Medical Home Map, American Academy of Pediatrics, 7/28/2014
An Interview with Amy Gibson of the PCPCC: On Improving Patient Experiences through The Medical Home, EngageHealth IQ, 7/30/2014

Newspapers & Press
Physician Engagement Key to Patient-Centered Medical Home Model, Physician's Money Digest, 07/07/2014
Health Insurers Are Trying New Payment Models, Study Shows, New York Times, 07/09/2014

Blue Cross' $65 Billion Move Away From Fee-For-Service Medicine, Forbes, 07/09/2014
Will Health Reform Bring New Role, Respect To Primary Care Physicians?, Kaiser Health News, 07/10/2014
CareFirst reports major savings with medical home program, Modern Healthcare, 07/10/2014

Small practices key to CareFirst's medical home success, Modern Healthcare, 07/11/2014
Independence Blue Cross announces results of its accountable care organization (ACO) payment model, Independence, 07/14/2014
Medical Homes Improve Quality, Lower Costs, But Challenges Remain, The Hartford Courant, 07/14/2014 
Medicaid can reap the rewards of medical homes, FierceHealthPayer, 07/15/2014
Medical home missionary sees encouraging cost and quality trends, Modern Healthcare, 07/19/2014
Shifting Motivations: Rethinking Primary Care Physician Incentives In Health IT Implementation, Health Affairs Blog, 07/21/2014
Horizon BCBSNJ’s 2013 Study Results Demonstrate Patient-centered Program Improves Patient Care and Lowers Costs, PRWeb, 07/22/2014
ACOs Flourishing in 2014, Study Reports, American Academy of Family Physicians, 7/22/2014
Former CMS Head Breaks Down ACO Lessons to Date, American Academy of Family Physicians, 7/23/2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designates more than 1,400 physician practices to patient-centered medical home program for 2014 program year, Blue Cross Blue Shield, 07/24/2014
Primary care group visits may be key to boosting patient satisfactionMedical Economics, 07/29/2014

Peer Review
Structural Capabilities in Small and Medium-Sized Patient-Centered Medical Homes, AJMC Managed Markets Network, 07/24/2014
Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health NeedsInstitute of Medicine, 07/29/2014
Changes in Office Visit Use Associated With Electronic Messaging and Telephone Encounters Among Patients With Diabetes in the PCMH, Annals of Family Medicine, 07/2014
Influence of Shared Medical Appointments on Patient Satisfaction: A Retrospective 3-Year Study, Annals of Family Medicine, 07/2014

Industry, Gov't & Nonprofit
Growth and Dispersion of Accountable Care Organizations: June 2014 Update, Leavitt Partners, 06/2014
Case study: PCMH transformation relied on teamwork, technology, Health Analytics, 07/14/2014 

The Beginner's Guide to New Health Care Payment Models, Brookings, 07/23/2014
Prescriptions, Pilates and Pasta: Care Beyond the Doctor’s Office, Alliance of Community Health Plans, 07/2014
CareFirst Medical Home Saves Millions
CareFirst's Patient-Centered Medical Home Program, launched in DC, Maryland, and Virginia in 2011, announced $267 million in savings after three years of operation. The program savings were even higher than anticipated. 

Four thousand primary care providers including primary-care physicians and nurse practitioners along with roughly one third of the 3.4 million members in the region were part of CareFirst's PCMH program. In 2013, the program experienced: 
  • 6.4% fewer hospital admissions
  • 8.1% fewer readmissions
  • 11.1% fewer hospital days
  • 11.3% fewer outpatient visits
For more information on the findings, click here
31 Programs added to Education & Training Database
Our Database for Patient Centered Primary Care Training Programs is growing! This month the PCPCC added 31 programs from academic and training institutions to our database originally launched last December.

To learn more about training programs being implemented all across the country, you can filter and search the database by location, profession, teaching methods, core competencies, and more.

To see the most recently added, sort the programs by clicking on the field "Updated."
Register Today for PCPCC's Annual Fall Conference!
Patient-Centered Primary Care: At the Heart of Value and Quality
November 12 - 14  |  Washington, DC
Grand Hyatt Washington
Register Today!

Join us for our 2014 Annual Fall Conference where you will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of panel discussions and workshops that will focus on the critical role that patient-centered primary care plays in achieving health care delivery system reform. Don't forget to join us at our Inaugural Awards Dinner to honor three champions of patient-centered primary care!
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will join the Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students for its 2014 National Conference on August 7th in Kansas City, Missouri. Dr. Grundy will discuss the evolution of health care, the transformation of family medicine, and the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). 

On August 8th, PCPCC CEO, Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH will participate in a panel discussion on the patient-centered medical home and health policy at
 the American Psychological Association's 2014 Convention in Washington, D.C. 
In Case You Missed It:
PCPCC Webinar
Leaders from WellSpan Health joined our June National Briefing to share key strategies that helped them to successfully redesign care role to improve population health management. 

Access slides and the recording 
PCMH Culture Improves Care Quality
A recent study looked at claims data for more than 200,000 Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey members. Results showed that practices participating in its patient-centered medical home (PCMH) program performed better than practices not included. 
Results revealed increased benefits for patients while deceasing costs. Additionally, 1,200 emergency room visits and 260 inpatient hospitals admissions were avoided by members involved in the PCMH. Together, these savings added up to roughly $4.5 million.

Access the press release here.
Submit Your Ideas on Primary Care!

The PCPCC has partnered with leading health care organizations to bring you the Primary Care Innovation Challenge. If you're innovating in the American health care space or working on the frontlines, tell us about it! There are multiple prizes, including free registration to the PCPCC Annual Fall Conference November 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the contest here.
Welcome New PCPCC Executive Members!

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Upcoming Events
July 31st - September 25
The International Conference on Patient- and Family-Centered Care: Partnerships for Quality & Safety
August 6-8 | IPFCC

The State of Health Information Technology Adoption & the Nation's Health Information Infrastructure: Recommendations from the Jason Report 
August 7 | RWFJ

2014 American Psychological Association Convention 
August 7 - 10 | APA 

Scientific Information Packets Due
August 14 - 27 | AHRQ 

FASDs: Communication, Care Plans, and Care Coordination
August 27 | AAP

Nominations Due for Health Services Research Impact Award 
August 29 | Academy Health 

PCPCC Annual Fall Conference
Nov. 12-14 | PCPCC

For additional events, click here.

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