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Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Stakeholders Come to Washington, DC for July Working Meeting
Date:6/16/2009

Stakeholders will focus on public and private initiatives that advance the medical home model

WASHINGTON, June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As politicians maneuver over the summer months to craft a health care reform bill that will pass muster in Congress, the leaders of the nation's major primary care physician organizations, as well as employer groups, consumer groups and other health care thought leaders will convene for a working meeting to advance the patient-centered medical home model. The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) will host a stakeholder's working meeting July 15-16 at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, training their efforts on both public and private initiatives that embrace the medical home model for health care delivery.

The PCPCC is a coalition of more than 500 organizations representing the nation's business leaders, consumers, primary care physicians and other health care stakeholders. Working groups within the PCPCC, or its Centers, produce materials designed to advance understanding and adoption of PCMH. These active stakeholders will convene July 15 and 16 to discuss the current status of health care reform proposals; both in-process and established medical home initiatives within federal programs; consumer engagement topics; and the nuts and bolts of building a successful private-sector medical home practice.

The Stakeholder's Working Meeting combines expert presentations on these current topics with an afternoon of break-out sessions organized around the PCPCC's four working Centers -- the Center for Public Payer Implementation, the Center for eHealth Information Adoption and Exchange, the Center for Multi-Stakeholder Demonstrations, and the Center for Employer Benefit Redesign and Implementation.

"This is a timely opportunity for the nation's primary care voices to convene in Washington, where health care reform is currently debated, and to re-emphasize the importance of the patient-primary care provider relationship," said Edwina Rogers, executive director of the PCPCC. "We will hear from leadership in both the private and public sectors about the ways preventive and chronic care delivery is enhanced through the medical home model."

A sample of expert panelists invited to present:

  • Carolyn Clancy, MD, director, Agency for Health Research and Quality
  • Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH, director, Center for Disease Control
  • Kathryn Power, M.Ed., director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Donald L. Weaver, MD, deputy associate administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Primary Health Care
  • Frank deGruy, MD, professor, University of Chicago Hospital
  • Andrew Webber, president and CEO, National Business Coalition on Health

For registration go to: http://pcpcc.net/content/july-15th-16th-stakeholder%E2%80%99s-working-meeting-draft-agenda.

The PCPCC is organized and financed to provide better outcomes for patients, more efficient payment to physicians and better value, accountability and transparency to purchasers and consumers. Studies of the PCMH model show that it improves patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. It also lowers health care costs by improving care coordination and communication between primary care physicians and their patients.

FOR FURTHER READING: Edwina Rogers in the American Association of Family Physicians News, http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/news/news-now/professional-issues/20090601pcpcc-q-a.html.

About the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition of more than 500 major employers, consumer groups, organizations representing primary care physicians, and other stakeholders who have joined to advance the patient-centered "medical home." The Collaborative believes that, if implemented, the patient-centered medical home will improve the health of patients and the health care delivery system. For more information on the patient-centered medical home and a complete list of the PCPCC members, please visit http://www.pcpcc.net/.


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