Summer 2018 - PCPCC Newsletter 

Summer 2018 PCPCC Newsletter
Upcoming PCPCC Conference
  • Strategies for how national, state and private sector policy leaders are significantly increasing primary care investment, with a focus on the next five years. Additional primary care investment will enable the full implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This is the first national primary care investment conference to address this issue;
  • Learn mechanisms that innovators are employing to leverage continued investment in PCMH and other models of advanced primary care to achieve results; 
  • An understanding of how employers and “big tech” are making primary care more accessible by reducing barriers and customizing care; and
  • Perspectives on innovative approaches to primary care delivery shaped by the input of patients and families as well as by innovative clinicians, business coalitions, researchers, and primary care advocates.
Join us November 8, 2018!
Executive Member Workshop
Immediately following the Annual Conference, PCPCC will host a free Executive Member workshop to advocate for increased investment in primary care - on both the state and national levels - to improve health care quality and affordability. You can visit the PCPCC conference website to learn more about the goals of the workshop and to register. 
July PCPCC Webinars
PCPCC's June webinar, Measuring Primary Care Investment: Overcoming Policy and Operational Issues, recording and slides are available on the PCPCC website
Policy & Advocacy Update
Below are a few updates on recent PCPCC policy and advocacy activity. 
June 27 - PCPCC is thrilled to announce that the Delaware House passed Senate Bill 227. The Delaware Senate will now review amended language but progress is promising. This legislation promotes the use of primary care by:
  1. Creating a Primary Care Reform Collaborative under the Delaware Health Care Commission.
  2.  Requiring all health insurance providers to participate in the Delaware Health Care Claims Database.
  3. Requiring individual, group, and State employee insurance plans to reimburse primary care physicians, certified nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other front-line practitioners for chronic care management and primary care at no less than the physician Medicare rate for the next three years.
June 25 - PCPCC and Others Supported Greater Information Sharing Requirements for Readmissions, Discharges, and Patient Transfers. “As we move toward a value-based care system, it is important for a patient’s health care “quarterback” – often a community practitioner – to have real-time, electronic information about major health care incidents. This information allows the provider to recommend and coordinate appropriate follow-up care and help prevent unnecessary downstream health care utilization such as readmissions.”

May 25 - PCPCC provided comments to CMS on the Direct Provider Contracting Models Request for Information.  

May 17PCPCC wrote Congressional appropriators to express concern over proposed funding reduction to CMMI through the rescission process. 

May 11 - PCPCC Joined More than 500 Organizations to Oppose CHIP Funding Reduction
Learn More
Know a Primary Care Champion? 
We are seeking nominations for the PCPCC Awards, which will be presented at the Barbara Starfield Awards Dinner.  At this year’s dinner — which will take place immediately following the PCPCC Annual Conference — we will once again recognize primary care leaders who have helped shape the field. The three awards to be issued at the dinner are The Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award, The Primary Care Community Leadership/Research Award, and The Advanced Primary Care Practice Award.
Any current Executive Member of the PCPCC can submit nominations. Self-nominations will also be accepted, and all nominations will be confidential. The nomination form and more information about the process can be found here: The deadline to submit nominations is August 15, 2018.

Our SAN Website Has A New Look!
We invite you to visit our new and improved Support & Alignment Network (SAN) website designed with you in mind! Easily access resources, webinars, tools, and other materials centered around patient, family, and community engagement (PFE).
Connecting Families Through Peer Support
As part of PCPCC’s TCPI program, we have partnered with Parent to Parent (P2P) to support Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) that work with practices servicing children with special needs. The peer to peer support, provided by P2P, is designed to link families with others who have a lived experience of navigating the health care system.

As we integrate this program with our current Patient & Family Engagement (PFE) and Choosing Wisely programming, there is an opportunity to help families and caregivers better cope with stress or emotional and psychological challenges, as well as reduce feelings of isolation.

The multi-faceted approach of integrating PFE strategies in the peer support program will ultimately enhance shared decision-making, medication management, health literacy, and patient/family activation. Through our PFE support, we have the prime opportunity to reach a patient population that is often overlooked. 
Contact Us!
Merilyn Francis, SAN Program Director- [email protected]
Learn More
Upcoming Conferences & Events

Strategies for Improving the Affordability of High-Quality Health Care & Coverage
July 10, 2018 | Washington, DC | NCHC
Please join the NCHC for the release of a major new report on the health care affordability crisis and options to address it.

PCPCC Webinar: Putting the Medical Home into Practice for Children
July 12, 2018 | Online | PCPCC
On this webinar subject matter experts from AAP, Verden Group, and PCC EHR will cover number of important topics including, but not limited to, overcoming key barriers to comprehensive, team-based care in the pediatric setting and lessons learned from actual practices that have undergone transformation shift during PCMH accreditation.

PCPCC Webinar: Integrating Physical and Behavioral Health: The View from Primary Care Providers and Payers
July 17, 2018 | Online | PCPCC
Thought leaders from the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care will lay out a path forward for financing behavioral health integration, and experts from UPMC Health Plan will discuss how they are working to overcome a variety of real-world challenges to implement behavioral health integration.

Pediatric Innovation Summit
July 20, 2018 | Online | GoCheck Kids
Pediatrics is an often overlooked specialty. But at long last, innovation is coming to Pediatrics, and it’s changing the way you operate and provide care for our youth. 

The Changing Primary Care Workforce: Building and Maintaining Effective Teams
July 23, 2018 | Cambridge, MA | HMS Center for Primary Care 
Hear how Chris Fussell, former Navy SEAL Officer and Partner at McChrystal Group, developed skills to lead cross-functional collaboration. Chris heads the McChrystal Group's Leadership Institute using his background in Special Operations, expertise in cross-functional collaboration, and knowledge sharing within large, dispersed organizations.

August 9-12, 2018 | San Francisco, CA | APA
As the premier annual event for psychology, APA 2018 is an experience you won’t want to miss. 

31st Annual State Health Policy Conference
August 15-17, 2018 | Jacksonville, FL | NASHP
Planned by state health policymakers, for state health policy makers, NASHP’s annual event is a “must-attend” for the state health policy community.

Advanced PCMH 2017: Mastering the Medical Home Transformation
August 22, 2018 | Arlington, VA | NCQA
The NCQA PCMH Recognition program plays an integral role in practice transformation and improving the quality of health care. This advanced course is intended for individuals who have applied NCQA PCMH Recognition requirements in the practice setting.

ACOFP Intensive Update & Board Review in Osteopathic Family Medicine  
August 24-26, 2018 | Rosemont, IL | ACOFP
The ACOFP Intensive Update & Board Review is designed for practicing family physicians who want to update their skills and knowledge, as well as those osteopathic family physicians preparing to take the recertification examination.  

PCPCC Must-Read List
MUST READ - Guest Commentary: Team-based healthcare offers proven path to improving Americans' mental health. 
This editorial piece in Modern Healthcare by Ann Greiner, CEO & president of PCPCC and Dr. Arthur Evans, CEO and executive vice president of the American Psychological Association (APA) asserts that integrated care teams can better address patients’ mental health needs. Read more.
New Yorkers’ health status is closely associated with access to primary care, according to new findings from the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). Funded by a New York State Legislature grant, The New York State Primary Care Profile analyzes proprietary and publicly available data to assess primary care access county-by-county. Read more.
This piece highlights The Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institutes’ (PCORI) dedication to lowering the prevalence mental health in the United States. Funded research centered on emphasizing the principles of the PCMH such as promoting primary care, care management, and awareness programs are imperative in addressing this national epidemic.
Read more.
This country has an aging population, a huge increase in chronic diseases, new and expensive treatments, and a massive discrepancy in health care dollars spent in comparison to other countries. In this article, Dr. Suneel Dhand believes that it is time to strengthen primary care and make it the backbone of American health care. Read more.
Over recent years there has been a push to deliver an integrated system of care in which workers between health, social care and local government partner up to collectively deliver better outcomes. In this detailed piece the National Association of Primary Care explore ways to turn this rhetoric into a reality. Read more.
Primary care in the U.S remains underfunded and underemphasized relative to other health care systems around the world. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative was designed not only to combine the core set of primary care functions with multi-payer payment reform but also to create an initiative that improves quality and better outcomes. This Mathematica article describes the impact of the CPC program to the overall primary care agenda. Read more.
Substance Abuse overdoses which includes opioids, tobacco and alcohol abuse continue to rise at a rapid pace in this country. Encouraging the use of Value Based Payments (VBP) is a tool that policy makers can use to encourage greater access to substance abuse disorder treatment in primary care. Also, these tools can be used to better address comorbidities such as HIV, cardiovascular disease and hepatitis C. This brief examines how states and health plans are exploring VBP to address these health issues. Read more
The CareFirst Patient-Centered Medical Home Program which is the largest coordinated care program of its kind in  the country has lowered the expected cost of care for CareFirst members by nearly $1.2 billion. Read more.

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