Transformation

PCPCC National Briefing: Health Care Costs and Value for the Consumer Advocate

Last month, Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, launched the Health Care Value Hub, a networking and resource center for advocates working for lower costs and better value in health care. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Health Care Value Hub will support and connect consumer advocates across the United States, providing comprehensive, research-based information and tools to help them advocate for policies that reduce health care costs and increase quality.

October National Briefing: Transforming Primary Care Through Payment Reform

We are learning two things about restructuring health care in the United States in the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) environment: Primary care transformation is essential to a well-performing health care delivery system and payment reform works best when it is consistent across payers.

Medical Home Innovations at the State Level

Medical home implementation and innovation at the state level plays an important role in improving health care quality while reducing costs. Several states are leading the nation in efforts to study and implement integrative primary care, and are showing impressive improvements in cost and quality outcomes. This month's webinar will provided an overview of the innovative work being done in participating Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practices across the country and highlighted recent results from Independence Blue Cross' medical home model in Pennsylvania.

 

State Innovations: Updates from the Minnesota Health Care Home Initiative

A leader in care quality improvement and cost reduction, Minnesota's Health Care Home (HCH) initiative, which includes 322 certified Health Care Homes, has lowered costs for Medicaid enrollees by more than 9% since the program began in 2010. The Director of Minnesota's Health Care Home initiative, joined us to provide an overview of Minnesota's innovative program and the lead evaluator of Minnesota's Health Care Home initiative reviewed key findings of the 2014 Health Care Home Evaluation Report to the Minnesota State Legislature.

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In Search of Joy in Practice: Innovations from 23 High-Performing Primary Care Practices

This webinar describes innovations that can increase physician’s work-life satisfaction, attract future physicians to the field, and improve the quality of patient care authors.  In research sponsored by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and published in the Annals of Family Medicine investigators sought to identify challenges facing primary care practices and innovations that could facilitate and restore joy in practice.  Chief among the innovations is a movement from a physician-centric model of work distribution to a shared-care model with higher levels of clinical suppo

Change Agents in Action: Lessons Learned from Leading Primary Care Practice Facilitation Programs

This webinar, sponsored by PCPCC's Outcomes & Evaluation Stakeholder Center, focuses on "Lessons Learned from Leading Primary Care Practice Facilitation Programs" and feature leading experts in primary care facilitation: David Meyers, MD, Director, Center for Primary Care, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Ann Lefebvre MSW, CPHQ, Associate Director, North Carolin

Patients as Members of the Medical Home Care Team

The PCPCC Patients, Families, and Consumers Stakeholder Center hosted a  webinar featuring Brad Thompson, MA, LPC-S. Brad talks about his experience as the parent of a child with special health care needs, and that experience helped shape a professional role at his child's pediatric primary care practice. Since 2007, Brad has worked with Shari Medford, MD, a pediatrician in Amarillo, Texas, that supports families of children with special healthcare needs in areas beyond health care services to greatly improve the family’s experience. Brad talks about how his work has improved Dr.

Innovations in Adolescent Health

The health care community is becoming increasingly attentive to customizing the medical home model for patient groups with distinct needs.  One such population is adolescents (ages 12 to 21); a group with unique health needs, service use patterns, and care experiences. This webinar will help you learn more about specific models of adolescent health care, perspectives from adolescents regarding the importance of primary care, and new  recommendations for improving the effectiveness of a medical home for adolescent patients.

Advancing Primary Care through Health Information Technology

The PCPCC is delighted to bring together a distinguished panel of speakers from CMS, ONC and NCQA to discuss various aspects of health information technology and the patient-centered medical home. Please join us for a free and informative webinar from 2:00-3:30pm ET on Tuesday, September 11, entitled "Advancing Primary Care through Health Information Technology".

Primary Care Innovations: Stories from the Field

 A healthy primary care system is essential to our nation’s health system, but primary care practice is at a crossroads.  Burnout is rampant, fewer physicians are choosing the specialty, and many existing primary care doctors are leaving it.  Physicians Chris Sinsky and Tom Sinsky and their colleagues visited more than 20 primary care practices that have adopted innovations to enhance the job satisfaction of physicians, other clinicians and staff while also improving the quality of care and the patient experience.

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