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.

PCPCC October Webinar: Patient-Centered Best Practices

Learn how two very different primary care practices approached their transformation to a patient-centered medical home and employed new strategies to improve outcomes for their patients, especially those with diabetes. These practices are among the 52 practices in the Maryland Multi-payer PCMH Pilot (MMPP), which Discern administers for the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC). 

Guest Speakers

September National Briefing: Bipartisan Policy Center Shares Strategies to Improve Health from CEO Council

Janet Marchibroda, Executive Director of the CEO Council on Health and Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center is joining the PCPCC's National Briefing next Thursday to discuss the report, Building Better Health: Innovative Strategies from America’s Business Leaders - A Report from the CEO Council on Health and Innovation.  

Patients and Families as Partners in Care Delivery Transformation

Patients, families and consumer advocates are the great untapped resource in our quest to achieve the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs. Only patients and their families/caregivers live at the intersection of all aspects of the health care system, giving them unique experiences and insights to help improve care quality and outcomes while reducing health care costs.

Centralizing Care around the PCMH

WellSpan Health, a community-owned not-for-profit health system and a leader in population health management, knows what it takes to align health care services with the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). WellSpan's leadership has committed to a complete re-design of care team roles, not just in primary care, but throughout the hospital, specialty practices and community-based services. Their innovative model builds on the trusted relationship between patients and their primary care team to ensure high-quality, coordinated care, based on the needs of the patient and family.

Innovations in Comprehensive, Team-based Medication Management

Medications are involved in 80 percent of all treatments and impact every aspect of a patient's life. Drug therapy problems occur every day and represent a public health challenge that add substantial costs to the health care system. In recent years, Minnesota has established exemplary practices that incorporate medication management and has seen improvements in outcomes of care and reduced costs. This webinar provided an overview and a look at lessons learned from Minnesota's experience using comprehensive team-based medication management to delivery efficient and effective care.

Integration of Clinical Pharmacists into the Medical Home: Measuring Clinical Impact

As the Medical Home gains momentum around the country, health care leaders are challenged to identify and measure the individual contributions from professionals on the care team. The Department of Veterans Affairs launched its version of the Medical Home in 2010 and has successfully incorporated the clinical pharmacist into this model. This presentation highlighted some of the strategies the VA used to standardize and enhance the role of the clinical pharmacist and will focus on systems approaches to measure clinical impacts of these key individuals on the quality and cost of care for pati

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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