October Month in Review + TCPI National Briefing Today!

A Spooktacular Time for Primary Care
Thursday, October 29
Dear Members and Friends,
It has been an exciting — or should I say "spooktacular" — Patient-Centered Care Awareness Month at the PCPCC! In late September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded us one of 10 Support and Alignment Network grants as part of the larger Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). This grant  will allow the PCPCC, in partnership with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Planetree, and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), to support both clinicians and patients as they learn new strategies for working together to guide quality improvement activities in primary care practices. Join us today for our National Briefing webinar to learn more about this exciting new initiative. 
We are thrilled to celebrate all of this new work with our executive members and participants at our upcoming Annual Fall Conference (#PCPCC2015), which is less than two weeks away!  As we enter a new era in primary care with the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and TCPI, we have much to celebrate but a great deal of work ahead to support meaningful practice transformation while driving greater investment in primary care. And, as the U.S. government makes a significant investment in primary care through TCPI, we look forward to helping lead the charge toward greater patient, family, and community engagement and an overall increased investment in primary care by all stakeholders. 

The upcoming year presents great opportunity to join with the PCPCC in creating a unified voice for primary care. For more information on how your organization can be more actively involved as an executive member of the PCPCC, please email Amanda Holt at [email protected]org
We appreciate your support and hope you will join us in our efforts to connect and engage. See you at PCPCC2015#!

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
National Briefing Today!
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative:
An Overview of the PCPCC Support & Alignment Network
TODAY Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. EST

Join us for our October National Briefing webinar to hear the details of the PCPCC's Support and Alignment Network (SAN), part of the federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) grant awards, announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last month. TCPI is one of the largest federal investments designed to support ambulatory care teams in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks over the next four years.  

This webinar will provide an overview of the PCPCC's SAN grant, including its four main goals, metrics, and the roles of our partner organizations. Titled "Patient, Caregiver, & Community Engagement Support & Alignment Network (PaCCE SAN)", the PCPCC will collaborate with the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered CarePlanetree, and the YMCA of the USA to carry out this work. 

Register Now!  to learn more about how the PCPCC plans to engage its constituencies in support of primary care practice transformation across the country.
Top 5 Must Reads
PCPCC Favorite Blog
Primary Care Makes Strides in Improving Quality and Costs | CMS Blog | 10/07/15

View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from August and September on our website at www.pcpcc.org.

There's Still Time to Register for PCPCC's Annual Fall Conference!

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. #PCPCC2015 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 includes 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 to claim your ticket to the primary care learning and networking event of the year! 
Recently Released Papers and Reports

A Difference-in-Difference Analysis of Changes in Quality, Utilization and Cost Following the Colorado Multi-Payer Patient-Centered Medical Home Pilot
Journal of General Internal Medicine | Oct. 2015

The Road to Making Patient-Centered Care Real
Urban Institute | Oct. 2015

Retail Health Clinics: Executive Summary of a Policy Position Paper From the American College of Physicians

Annals of Internal Medicine | Oct. 2015

Solutions for Filling Gaps in Accountable Care Measure Sets
American Journal of Managed Care | Oct. 2015

Upcoming Events
Oct. 29 - Nov. 13
PCPCC National Briefing- The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative: An Overview of the PCPCC Support and Alignment Network
Oct. 29 | PCPCC

High-Need, High-Cost Patients: The Role of Behavioral Health 
Oct. 30 | Hart Senate Office Building, Washington D.C. 

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

PCPCC Executive Member Annual Meeting and Luncheon (Invite Only)

Nov. 11  l  Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC

Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Awards Dinner
Nov. 11  l  
Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC

Team Care Challenge Luncheon- Free and Open to All 
Nov. 13  l  Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC

For additional events, click here.
New PCMH Program Results
Check out the PCPCC Primary Care Innovations and PCMH Map for recently published outcomes for the following PCMH programs: 
New Health Care Learning and Action Network (LAN) White Paper on Alternative Payment Models

The Alternative Payment Model Framework and Progress Tracking (APM FPT) Work Group recently released a preliminary draft of their APM Framework White Paper. The group is seeking public stakeholder comment and requests feedback by Friday, November 20. Click here for more information. 
New PCPCC Executive Members! 
The Henrietta Schmoll School of Health at St. Catherine University is a leader in interprofessional training and offers education for more than 30 health professions. Learn more here

Medical Advantage Group is a health care consulting and solutions company whose mission is to simplify the delivery of efficient, high-quality health care. They help align physicians into groups so they can participate successfully in value-based contracts. Learn more here

The National Center for Primary Care is an academic research, training, and resource center focused on promoting excellence in community-oriented primary care and optimal health outcomes for all Americans. Learn more here

The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. Learn more here.
PCPCC on the Road
On Friday, Nov. 6th, PCPCC Founding President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will travel to Reading Hospital in West Reading, PA, to speak with medical and hospital leaders about how family medicine fits into the Triple Aim strategy. Nov. 11-13, he will speak at the PCPCC Annual Fall Conference. Follow him on Twitter @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH, will speak in Washington DC on Nov. 3 at the American Psychological Association interdisciplinary summit "Global Approaches to Integrated Health Care: Translating Science and Best Practices into Patient-Centered Healthcare Delivery." She will then open and close the PCPCC Annual Fall Conference Nov. 11-13, also in Washington DC. To keep up with Marci and her travels, follow her on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC!

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