PCPCC 2019 Fall Newsletter

2019 PCPCC Annual Conference

Featured Panels and Other Details
At the 2019 PCPCC Annual Conference, we will be offering a number of panels for attendees to learn about the many strategies to elevate primary care and to shape primary care delivery and payment.
We hope that you will join us on November 4 - 5, 2019, to be inspired about the future of healthcare and primary care
Be sure to register today and make your hotel reservation by October 4 to receive the special PCPCC discounted hotel rate!

It's not too late to become a sponsor for the 2019 PCPCC Annual Conference and show your support for primary care. View this year's sponsorship opportunities in the conference prospectus found here.
Featured Panels
Primary Care Investment: An Update on the Latest from the States

Ten states have introduced bills or issued executive orders related to primary care investment and six states passed legislation or issued executive orders related to primary care investment in 2019. Ann Greiner, President and CEO, PCPCC, will moderate this informative session in which attendees will hear an update on current efforts underway by Milbank Memorial Fund from Christopher Koller, President, Milbank Memorial Fund and remarks from leaders of two states who have made tremendous efforts to reform primary care in their respective states.
Patient and Clinical Partnerships to Transform Care

The Patient and Clinical Partnerships to Transform Care session will feature practices that have worked closely with their patients to redesign the way they deliver care.   Speakers will discuss strategies for involving patients as they rolled out improved electronic health record systems, updated patient education materials, and how to better engage patients in their own care. 
Register for the Conference Today!
Executive Member Workshop
Post-Conference Workshop on Advanced Primary Care: Emerging Models and Metrics to Achieve High-Value Care
November 5, 2019
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm (Lunch will be provided)

On November 5, join with PCPCC Executive Members from across primary care to discuss emerging trends from commercial payers and measure developers. Through interactive sessions, attendees will briefly hear from health plans and other innovators who work together to define the next phase of advanced primary care. Do PCPCC members anticipate more alignment and reduced administrative burden? More “measures that (truly) matter”, and upfront resources for population health and care management?
Help identify investment gaps and misalignments that PCPCC and our members can collectively address through our education, research and advocacy work.
This workshop was made possible with generous support from FMAHealth and the American Board of Family Medicine.
Advocacy & Policy Highlights
  • PCPCC continues to work with CMMI on the Primary Cares models and will be hosting a member from CMMI at our next policy and advocacy committee meeting on October 8, 2019 to discuss recent changes to the model and future directions. In August, PCPCC submitted formal comments to the Federal Register on the Primary Care First model, noting our enthusiasm about the Administration’s interest  primary care, while also addressing concerns about the lack of investment in the model  and other issues.
  • On Thursday, September 5, the PCPCC submitted initial comments to CMS regarding support of some of the changes made in the proposed 2020 physician fee schedule such as the changes to E/M (Evaluation and Management) codes. More detailed, formal comments were submitted to the Federal Register on September 27. The full letter submitted to the Federal Register included support for the E/M code changes, expansion of access to treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (OUD), and for reduced documentation.  The letter also expressed concerns regarding the updates to the MIPs program and the changes to the standards for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).
  • During the September 8 Policy & Advocacy Committee Meeting, National PACE Association leaders discussed their views about the Direct Contracting model and asked that the PCPCC comment to CMMI on the model. If you are interested in having PCPCC comment on this model, please contact Alyssa Kane Neumann at [email protected].
PCORI Update

PCPCC’s PCORI grant is focused on testing various dissemination strategies to improve the translation of research into practice.  To test strategies, PCPCC’s PCORI Advisory Council (weblink to names or put in a side bar?) selected a pilot study Use of Patient Portals by People with Long-Term Health Problems.  The Council thought the study had the broadest appeal to the PCPCC membership. 
Since then, PCPCC has created an infographicwritten an issue brief, and presented at PCORI’s annual meeting. On October 2, we are hosting a related webinar titled “Patient Portals and Primary Care: What Use of a Portal Could Mean for Your Patients” with Mary Reed, DrPH, the lead researcher on the study, Patients with Complex Chronic Conditions: Health Care Use and Clinical Events Associated with Access to a Patient Portal, who will be joined by Dr. Lisa Letourneau, clinical advisor to the PCPCC, and Rosalin Cox, a Patient Advisor from the research study to discuss implications of the study findings. Make sure to register today!
If you or any of your colleagues are interested in learning more about our PCORI project or about other patient-centered research related to primary care, sign up for our quarterly research newsletter: “Focus on Research: Patient-Centered Research to Improve Primary Care.”

TCPI Update
The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) grant ended on September 28, but PCPCC will continue advancing the best practices identified during this initiative, which is focused on helping clinicians prepared for value based payment arrangements. 
We are also revising the PCPCC TCPI webpages to make tools and information more accessible and changing the name of this part of our site to Practice Transformation. Lastly, we have developed a new resource to help clinicians better engage with patients and families --  Quick Start Guide: Resources to Boost Patient & Family Engagement in Clinical Practice.
The new webpage and tools will be officially launched at the PCPCC Annual Conference in November. Stay tuned!
PCPCC Welcomes New Members
PCPCC is pleased to welcome the following organizations to our Executive Membership: To learn more about becoming a PCPCC Executive Member, please visit the PCPCC website. You can view the list of Executive Members and fill out the membership application. If you have any questions related to membership, please email Jennifer Renton, mailto:[email protected].
Upcoming PCPCC Webinars
Patient Portals and Primary Care: What Use of a Portal Could Mean for Your Patients
October 2, 2019
1:00 PM ET

Join us on October 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET for the webinar, "Patient Portals and Primary Care: What Use of a Portal Could Mean for Your Patients" as Mary Reed, DrPH, research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research presents findings from some of her latest research on patient portal use.
Register Now!
Innovations in Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias
October 25, 2019
1:00 PM ET

New efforts have begun to transform healthcare to focus on patient-centered care. Such efforts will be facilitated by eliciting, operationalizing, and measuring the attainment of patient-identified goals of healthcare.
Join us October 25, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET for PCPCC’s October webinar, Innovations in Caring for Persons with Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, where attendees will hear from three organizations and their efforts to provide comprehensive, coordinated, patient-centered care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  • David B. Reuben, MD, Chief, Division of Geriatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Morgan Daven, Senior Director, Health Systems, Alzheimer’s Association
  • Carolyn Clevenger, RN, DNP, Clinical Director and Nurse Practitioner, Integrated Memory Care Clinic, Emory University
  • Rob Dribbon, Strategy and Innovation, Merck (Moderator)
Register Today!

Recent Webinars

Webinar: Communication about Overuse with Vulnerable Populations
On Thursday, September 12, 2019, PCPCC hosted the webinar: Communication about Overuse with Vulnerable Populations during which Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, FACP, and Kelly Rand,  MA, CPH, Program Officer, ABIM Foundation/Choosing Wisely Learning Networks shared recent research on implementing low-value medical services in a safety net setting and insights learned from focus groups on communicating about overuse of services to patients who have historically been marginalized from care.
Speakers included:
  • Kelly Rand, MA, CPH, Program Officer, ABIM Foundation
  • Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, FACP, Clinical Advisor, Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
Webinar: : Partnerships with Patients and Families: The North Star in High-Value Practices
On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, PCPCC hosted the webinar: Partnerships with Patients and Families: The North Star in High-Value Practices in order to celebrate patient and family partnerships created in TCPi and explore possibilities for the next phase of transformational change.
Speakers included:
  • Bev Johnson, President & CEO, Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
  • Deborah Dokken, MPA, Coordinator for Patient and Family Partnerships, Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care
Webinar: Patient and Family Advisors in Training/Faculty Roles
On Thursday, September 19, 2019, PCPCC hosted the webinar: Patient and Family Advisors in Training/Faculty Roles in order to have an informal conversation for participants to learn more about shared experiences  and share successes and challenges.
Speakers included:
  • Mary Minniti, BS, CPHQ, Senior Policy and Program Specialist, Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care
  • Pam Dardess, MPH, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Operations, Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
WebinarPrimary Care Measurement: What’s Working and What’s Not
On Thursday, September 19, 2019, PCPCC hosted the webinar: Primary Care Measurement: What’s Working and What’s Not during which panelists discussed the pros and cons of the person-centered primary care measure and how it can be utilized to assesses the aspects of care thought to represent high-value primary care by patients, clinicians, and payers.
Speakers included:
  • Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, Vice President, Clinical Policy, American College of Physicians
  • Janice Tufte, Patient Advisor, Hassanah Consulting
  • Jay Lee, MD, Director of Primary Care, CareMore
  • Rebecca Etz, PhD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Population Health and Co-Director, The Larry A. Green Center, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Julie Schilz, BSN, MBA, Senior Director, Commercial Health Innovation, Mathematica
2019 PCPCC Evidence Report
In July, the PCPCC released the 2019 Evidence Report, Investing in Primary Care: A State-Level Analysis.” The first-of-its-kind study, which was released at a briefing in Washington, D.C., examines states’ primary care spending patterns—including across payer types—and the implications for patient outcomes.
On the day the report was released, we hosted thought leaders and other stakeholders in order to discuss the consistent and growing evidence that shows that primary care-oriented systems achieve better health outcomes, more health equity, and lower costs. If you missed the event, you can watch the recording on the PCPCC website.
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Upcoming Conferences & Events
Patient Portals and Primary Care: What Use of a Portal Could Mean for Your Patients
October 2, 2019 | PCPCC
CHAMPS Annual Primary Care Conference
October 5-8, 2019 | CHAMPS
Executive Member Policy and Advocacy Committee Meeting
October 8, 2019 | PCPCC
Learn from Leaders in Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care
October 9, 2019 | Weitzman Learning Academy

CPCA 2019 Annual Conference
October 17-18, 2019 | CPCA
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