A Sneak Peek at the Evidence! 
Thursday, January 29th
Dear Members and Friends, 

Our Happy New Year begins with happy news!

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released first-year results from both the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative and the Multi-Payer Advanced Primary Care Practice Demonstration – two large and important multi-payer primary care initiatives - that showed early reductions in health care cost and unnecessary utilization. This announcement was followed by a commitment from the Secretary of Health and Human Services to increase alternative payment models, like Accountable Care Organizations and bundled payments, as well as innovative care delivery models, like patient-centered medical homes, within Medicare, and in partnership with the private sector. These promising reports are a testament to the hard work and commitment of so many - and represent a positive step forward for the long-term success of the advanced primary care and PCMH movement. Read our statement here.

To complement the recent good news, at a briefing on Capitol Hill tomorrow, the PCPCC will release its annual report titled, The Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality: Review of Evidence 2013-2014. The publication highlights evidence from primary care PCMH initiatives taking place in both public and private markets across the country. The report looks at selected outcomes from 28 peer-reviewed studies, state government evaluations, and industry reports published between September 2013 and November 2014. The results are encouraging and demonstrate the PCMH's positive impact on reducing cost and unnecessary health care utilization. 

Look out for an email tomorrow that will include the finalized publication. We encourage you to read the report and share it with friends and colleagues. Finally, to stay ahead of the curve, listen to today's pre-recorded National Briefing where I will provide a sneak peek at the evidence.

National Briefing Information:
A Sneak Peek at the PCPCC's Latest PCMH Evidence Report 
Jan. 29. Free Audio/Webinar Recording
Download the recording (for free!) here

Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
This Month's Top 5 Must Reads
View additional PCMH-related news articles and peer-reviewed studies from January on our website at
PCPCC Learning Events
Join a PCPCC webinar to hear Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution discuss the important role primary care leadership plays in health care transformation, including physician-led ACOs and other payment reform initiatives. 

Who: Mark McClellan, Senior Fellow and Director of the Health Care Innovation and Value Initiative at The Brookings Institution 
When. Feb. 3 at 12 p.m.
Where: Webinar, register today.

This event is free of charge but advanced registration is required.
First Evaluation of CPC Initiative Released
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released promising findings from the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative. The annual report evaluated the program in its first year and found that it decreased hospital admissions by 2 percent and emergency department visits by 3 percent, contributing to the reduction of expenditures nearly enough to offset care management fees paid by CMS.

Read the entire evaluation and CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality & Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Conway's blog post.
Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care

The Milbank Memorial Fund recently released a new report titled Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings: What Works for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness. The publication aims to better understand the evidence concerning the integration of primary care into behavioral health settings.

It was developed by policymakers for policymakers, especially those seeking to develop policies and programs that support integration of physical health care into behavioral health integration settings.  

Download the report today.
PCPCC on the Road
PCPCC President, Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, will join the Hillcrest Winter CME Update Meeting in Keystone, Colorado on Feb. 1. Then he'll participate in the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Directors meeting in Arizona, followed by the 2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference in California. Follow Paul @Paul_PCPCC to stay in touch!

PCPCC CEO Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH will kick off the month at the American Board of Family Medicine's Winter Board Meeting. On Feb. 9, she will join Academy Health's national health policy conference in Washington, D.C. to moderate a panel discussion on advancing primary care transformation. Follow Marci on Twitter @Marci_PCPCC to stay in touch!
New Map Tools Introduced! 
The PCPCC created a free, downloadable slide presentation to complement the Primary Care Innovations and PCMH Map located on the PCPCC website. The presentation provides a snapshot of outcomes and evidence from patient-centered medical home (PCMH) interventions happening across the country.

Download the slide presentation.

A Permanent Solution to SGR: The Time is Now
The House Energy & Commerce Committee held two days of hearings on repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in Medicare and replacing it with new alternative payment models (APMs) that incentivize value over volume. Dr. Alice Rivlin provides compelling testimony that recommends making PCMH available nationwide and counting them as APMs.

Additionally, be sure to read the two papers recently released by the Bipartisan Policy Center related to medical homes and ACOs:  
Upcoming Events
Jan. 30 - Feb. 28
Congressional Briefing: PCPCC's Annual Review of the Patient-Centered Medical Home's Impact on Cost and Quality
Jan. 30 |
PCPCC, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, and the Milbank Memorial Fund

Primary Care, ACOs, and Payment Reform: A Conversation with Mark McClellan of the Brookings Institution
Feb. 3 | PCPCC

Introduction to PCMH: Foundational Concepts of the Medical Home
Feb. 3 - 4 | NCQA

Advanced PCMH: Mastering the Medical Home Transformation
Feb. 5 | NCQA

PCPCC National Briefing: Integrating Primary Care into Behavioral Health Settings
Feb. 26 | PCPCC

For additional events, click here.
Save The Date for PCPCC 2015 Conferences!
PCPCC 2015 Annual Fall Conference
Investing in Primary Care: Patients, Professionals, & Payment
Nov. 11 - 13  l  Washington, DC, Grand Hyatt Washington

7th National Medical Home Summit
March 23 - 25, 2015 |
Philadelphia, PA, Loews Philadelphia Hotel

2015 CAPG Healthcare Conference
Accountable Care: Accelerating the Evolution
June 11 - 14 | San Diego, CA, Grand Hyatt