Week in Review: Laying the Primary Care Foundation for 2013

January 10th: Laying the Primary Care Foundation for 2013
 Dear Members and Friends:

Happy New Year!  On behalf of the board, membership and staff at the PCPCC we look forward to an exciting and challenging year ahead for primary care and the medical home!

A major priority for us in 2013 is focusing the majority of PCPCC's strategic activities within our five Stakeholder Centers which has led to some changes to our call schedule: 
  • Instead of weekly calls we will now host monthly calls on the last Thursday of every month at 11AM ET
  • We will continue to distribute the Medical Home Week in Review every Thursday morning
  • Beginning in February, our Stakeholder Centers will host "Quarterly Open Forum Calls" to help members and the general public learn more and provide feedback regarding center activities and priorities
I encourage you to participate in today's webinar at 11AM ET about engaging patients as members of the medical home care team, and we'll return on Thursday, January 31st when BonSecours Medical Group and Anthem Virginia will talk about their innovative medical home initiative. 

We look forward to catching up then!


Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer 
Today's Webinar: Patients as Members of the Medical Home Care Team

TODAY! Thursday, January 10, 2013  l  11AM ET - 12PM ET

In place of our weekly Thursday call the PCPCC's Patients, Families & Consumers Stakeholder Center will host a webinar featuring a presentation from Brad Thompson. Brad will talk about his experience as the parent of a child with special health care needs and how that's helped shape a professional role at his child's pediatric primary care practice.
Register:    Click here
Materials:   Click here for presentation slides and here for background materials. 

PCPCC's 2013 New Year's Resolutions

It's that time of year again, and the PCPCC has put together some New Year's resolutions of our own to make sure we do our best in 2013 to to build support for primary care and medical home.

Enhance the work of our Stakeholder Centers:  Our Centers will be working harder than ever to prioritize PCPCC's goals and activities. This includes developing publications, resources, and webinars, and identifying public policy priorities and communications strategies. This week they've gathered in D.C. for their first ever leadership retreats, and in February you can learn more by participating in the Center Quarterly Open Forum Calls.
Connect with patients and consumers: This year we're dedicated to ensuring that patient perspectives are incorporated throughout our work, which means you'll hear a lot more from patients at our events, webinars, and annual meetings-- starting with today's webinar with Brad Thompson!   
Improve and increase communications: This year we're working on improving the consistency, 'user-friendliness,' and visual appeal of our brand and materials. This includes launching a new website in spring 2013 and creating new materials that articulate the value of PCPCC and the medical home across a variety of audiences.
Bring together new and old friends: We're co-sponsoring the National Medical Home Summit in Philadelphia on March 13-15 and the PCPCC Annual Fall Conference in Washington on October 13-15. We'll also be convening an Employer & Purchaser Summit this spring to identify trends and models for value-based insurance design.
Ramp up advocacy efforts: With increasing political and fiscal uncertainty and health reform implementation well underway, we'll be making a significant effort to inform policymakers and the public about the medical home's impact on costs, quality and health outcomes. This includes producing publications and policy briefs, and increasing our presence on Capitol Hill and among state officials.
News & Resources
Monthly Call Agenda
Thursday, January 31st, 11AM ET

Our monthly call will feature Anthem Virginia and the Bon Secours Medical Group in Richmond, VA to discuss their innovative medical home partnership that includes increased payments for primary care and provider rewards for improving health outcomes.

here for more information about the initiative.

Webinar: Sharing Accountability in the Medical Neighborhood
Wednesday, January 30, 1-2:30 PM ET

This PCPCC webinar will explore the relationship between specialists and primary care physicians in an accountable care environment, including medical homes and Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Hosts will discuss how these models are supported by employers and their impact on patient experience.

Click here to register.
Partner Announcements

To submit content or suggest a discussion topic, please e-mail Michelle Shaljian at [email protected]
Featured Resource

January's Health Affairs features Art Kellerman and Spencer Jones' "What It Will Take To Achieve The As-Yet-Unfulfilled Promises Of Health Information Technology," which identifies the challenges and barriers that have limited health IT's impact on health care costs and what must change to get the system where it needs to be (subscription required).
Medical Home Happenings
News from Around the Country
For American Under 50, Stark Findings on Health New York Times, 1/9. A new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council provides an analysis of health and longevity in the U.S.

Growth Of Health Spending Stays Low New York Times, 1/7. National health spending climbed to $2.7 trillion in 2011, but as a share of the economy remained stable for the third consecutive year.

Great Recession Forced All Americans To Cut Back On Health Care Los Angeles Times, 1/7. New research shows that certain socioeconomic groups were forced to cut back on medical services as a result of the economic downturn.

Health care guide to debt limit battle  
Politico, 1/3. Identifies what's at stake in the next round of discussions for physicians, hospitals, drug companies and health plans.

Infographic: Health Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act Journal of the American Medical Association, 12/26. A great visual representation of how Americans will gain coverage in 2014.
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