PCPCC 2015 Year in Review & Happy New Year!

Countdown to 2016: PCPCC's Year In Review
Dear Members and Friends, 

As we count down to the exciting year ahead for primary care, we'd like to share a few highlights from 2015:

10. Primary Care, Our Primary Cause: The Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) unifies a diverse group of organizations around a shared vision of a better health system grounded in patient-centered primary care. This year we proudly welcomed 21 new executive member organizations to the PCPCC - and we welcome others to join our cause!

9. Tracking Medical Homes’ Traction: The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is an innovation in care delivery designed to advance and achieve the Triple Aim of improved patient experience, improved population health, and reduced cost of care. As our Primary Care and PCMH Innovations Map demonstrates, the number of practices transforming to become a PCMH continues to expand, with impressive outcomes, across the United States.

8. Teaming Up for Primary Care: Training health care professionals to work in teams that include patients and families requires a significant paradigm shift. Our publication, Progress and Promise: Profiles in Interprofessional Health Training to Deliver Patient-Centered Primary Care, highlights pioneering training programs across the country. We also co-produced, in partnership with the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, a five-part podcast series that features exemplary advanced primary care practices.

7. Empowering Peer Support: Offering peer support is a proven strategy for improving health outcomes in primary care practices, especially those that serve racial, ethnic or economically diverse populations. Together with Peers for Progress and the National Council of La Raza, we invited 10 peer support model programs and leaders from the practice, research, government, payer, and civic sectors to discuss the role of peer support, summarized in our joint conference report, Peer Support in the Patient-Centered Medical Home and Primary Care.  

6. Prioritizing Primary Care in Policy: Our mission to educate and advocate on priority issues that show promise in improving health care delivery for all stakeholders resulted in 13 policy statements. Our letters and statements spanned from payment reform to practice delivery and represented our executive members' common goals of advancing and investing in primary care.

5. Webinars Offering Wisdom: As the health care landscape rapidly changes, the PCPCC continues to offer cutting-edge thinking around topics that matter. In 2015, experts shared their insights on 17 educational webinars that we hosted on topics critical to patient-centered primary care. Access and watch all of our webinars on our website.

4. Linking to Leaders: One of the PCPCC’s goals is to connect you to other influencers. Reviews from our 2015 Annual Fall Conference — where nearly 90% of attendees surveyed rated it as either “very good” or “excellent” — expressed enthusiasm for the work we do, including one attendee who wrote: “I especially appreciated “personal access to some of the leaders in our field, the ability to network with others from completely different locations, the sharing of information concerning upcoming and current efforts to improve quality and access to care. Information concerning complicated federal/ state programs. Experience has completely broadened my horizon!!"

3. Payment Reform Pom Poms: Last spring, the PCPCC and other champions of innovative delivery reform and payment alignment celebrated the much-anticipated Congressional passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Our policy statements, comment letters, and monthly advocacy calls, helped to amplify our message, track the law’s progress, and coordinate ideas about its implementation.

2. Patient and Community Partners in Clinical Transformation: In 2015, the PCPCC was awarded a federal grant bringing us into the largest national practice transformation effort in history. As part of the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI), we are assuring that clinicians work in partnership with patients, family caregivers, and communities to change the way care is delivered and to improve the care experience for everyone.

1. Tying It All Together in 2016: The PCPCC’s Annual PCMH Evidence Report ties together delivery reform, payment reform, and data. We will release our 2014-2015 PCMH evidence report in early February 2016. This highly anticipated report will summarize PCMH cost and utilization results from 30 studies (peer-reviewed studies, state government evaluations, industry reports, and new this year, early federal program evaluations) that were published in the past year, and it will tie the evidence to different payment models. We will offer a sneak peek at the new evidence report on our National Briefing webinar in January

All of us at the PCPCC, including our Board of Directorsstaff and I, wish you a happy & healthy new year and look forward to working together in 2016! 

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Primary Care Collaborative

You're Invited!

PCPCC to Unveil Annual PCMH Evidence Report
What: Unveiling of the PCPCC's new PCMH evidence report, The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality: Annual Review of Evidence 2014-2015.
When: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET.
Where: Building and room TBD, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.
Who: Open to the public, but advanced registration is required. Lunch will be served, and space is limited. 

Speakers: PCPCC, Milbank Memorial Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and other guest speakers to be announced.
Register by January 26, 2016.
Thanks to our generous sponsors for making this event and publication possible:
Upcoming Events in Early 2016

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