Week in Review & Monthly Briefing: More to Share About Accountable Care

January 31st: More to Share About Accountable Share
Reminder: National Monthly Briefing Today at 11AM ET!
Dear Members and Friends:
The big news this week comes from Pittsburgh-based health plan Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the expansion of their medical home pilot. Starting off with just 160 providers, the program now includes over 1,000 providers caring for 170,000 patients. The pilot has already demonstrated significant reductions in hospitalization and readmission rates, and was one of 46 featured in PCPCC's Benefits of Implementing the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Today on our National Monthly Briefing at 11AM we are grateful to feature the expertise of some innovators in Richmond, VA, including Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia and Bon Secours Health System. The two announced a major initiative that pairs new payment models with primary care delivery transformations. We hope you find this presentation valuable as you venture into building your own medical neighborhoods!

(Download presentation materials from Daniel Boltz, Anthem and Robert Fortini, PNP, Bon Secours)

Dial in and join us this morning! We look forward to hearing from you.


Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer 
Today's Monthly Briefing Agenda
Thursday, January 31st 11AM ET 
Call in number: 712-432-0900
Access code: 868853#
  • Welcome from the CEO
  • General Announcements & Updates, Amy Gibson, COO
  • Presentation from Anthem Virginia and Bon Secours Medical Group,  featuring Daniel Boltz & Robert Fortini, PNP (Richmond, VA) 
  • Discussion & Questions with audience
Webinar Recap: Yesterday we hosted a webinar with providers and employers about "Sharing Accountability in the Medical Neighborhood." Click here for presentation slides and a recording.
Open Forum Calls. Center leadership will talk more about their priorities and planned activities for the coming year, including publications, policy, communications, and events. 

Education & Training Task Force: Webinar: Lessons from the Field: Building a Health Professional Training Program for Medicine Departments and Community Health Centers Feb 14, 12PM ET (registration required). Dr. William Warning, Program Director at Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine will discuss the components of a collaborative primary care workforce training program, which brings together family medicine, internal medicine, and community health centers.

Call for Submissions: Innovative Residency & Health Professional Training Models We're looking for innovative residency and health professionals training models that promote collaborative, patient-centered primary care. Submissions will be used to build an online database, as well as develop a publication that informs policymakers and other stakeholders.

Save the Date! Upcoming PCPCC Meetings and Events

Webinar: Lessons from the Field: Building a Health Professional Training Program for Medicine Departments & Community Health Centers - Thurs,, Feb. 14th 12PM ET. Registration required. 

PCPCC National Monthly Call -Thursday, February 28, 11AM ET (no registration required).
The Fifth National Medical Home Summit - March 13 - 15th, Philadelphia, PA.  Register with code "PCPCC" for discounted rates; early bird discount expires Feb 8th.
2013 PCPCC Annual Fall Meeting - October 13 - 15th, Washington, DC. More than 600 attendees are expected to attend our fall meeting, featuring panels and workshops that focus on emerging issues in primary care and the medical home.

Primary Care Goes to Congress

Subcommittee Hearing - 30 Million New Patients and 11 Months to Go: Who Will Provide Their Primary Care?

On Tuesday, January 29th the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging held a hearing that focused on the primary care conundrum: a workforce shortage with millions of Americans expecting coverage under the ACA. It is estimated that the U.S. health system needs 16,000 more primary care physicians and will only worsen as coverage expands in future years under the Affordable Care Act.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and chairman of the Subcommittee said one in five sick Americans visits an emergency room for care that should take place in primary care settings.
Click here for a video of the hearing.
Click here for the Subcommittee's report.

Medical Home Happenings
News from Around the Country
TransforMED Convenes Medical Home Neighborhood Kickoff Learning Collaboratives in 7 Communities Press release, 1/30. CMS medical neighborhood projects start up around the country.

Shortage of Primary Care Doctors Seen as Problem for Health Care Law, CQ Roll Call (subscription), 1/29. Senate subcommittee hearing focuses on primary care workforce shortage and pending coverage expansion.

For Medicare Innovations - Think Locally Kaiser Health News Blog, 1/29. Health care experts discuss the need to bring care back to the community level to ensure quality and cost control. 

Highmark adds nearly 900 physicians to medical home program Becker's Hospital Review, 1/24. Highlights Highmark's major medical home pilot expansion in Pittsburgh.

Gaining Ground: Care Management Programs to Reduce Hospital Admissions The Commonwealth Fund, 1/24. Includes three case studies that illustrate the role of care management in improving care coordination and transitions among high-risk patients.

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