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July 2018 Update

July 2018 Update

Primary Care Innovators Network at DPC Summit

The Primary Care Innovators Network (PCIN) held a standing room only pre-conference workshop prior to the kickoff of the Direct Primary Care (DPC) Summit in Indianapolis, IN on July 13. The pre-conference offered self-insured employers and family medicine practices an opportunity to each learn what the other needs in order to provide high quality care to company employees. Employers experienced the passion and commitment to patient-centered care of family physicians. Physicians learned about the challenges self-insured employers face and about the many opportunities available to collaborate with them, using a DPC payment framework. The PCIN brought these two groups together to propose a systemic approach to scaling DPC for self-insured employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

The PCIN, co-sponsored by FMAHealth and the Family Medicine Education Consortium, has been holding similar meetings in a number of markets around the country. To date, the PCIN has brought together family medicine practices and self-insured employers in Pittsburgh, Dallas, Houston and Cleveland. Participants at these meetings discover how collaboration can benefit both practices and employers in ways that increase quality, lower costs, and improve the health of the employee population they serve. To learn more about how this could work for your practice, and to look ahead to meetings in additional markets coming up later in 2018, look here:

Partnering with Patients for Patient Centered Care – Case Study Project

In partnership with researchers at the University of California San Francisco’s Center for Excellence in Primary Care, FMAHealth’s Engagement Tactic Team completed an interview project designed to capture innovative ways that practices around the country are engaging patients in the design and delivery of care. The project has resulted in a set of 13 case studies that are now being disseminated broadly within the family medicine community and beyond.

The set of case studies offers physicians and practices low cost, high value examples of strategies that they can implement to systematically engage their patients and strengthen their practice. You can view the set of case studies here:

The UCSF team and FMAHealth’s Engagement Team and Board are disseminating the case studies through a number of channels in addition to UCSF’s website, including, AAFP State Chapter networks, and ACOFP State Society networks. The team is also collaborating with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) to spread the case studies to primary care practices throughout the country through their Support and Action Network (SAN)

Update from Health is Primary

Health is Primary sponsored the Alliance for Health Policy’s Congressional Briefing on Health Care Costs. The half-day session explored drivers of health care costs and highlighted programs – including PCMH and value-based payment models – that are showing success in bending the cost curve. Dr. Glenn Rodriguez, MD, board chair of CareOregon, spoke about the Oregon Patient Centered Primary Care Home Program, which has shown that for every $1 spent on primary care, $13 are saved in downstream costs.  He also discussed Oregon’s efforts to increase the state’s investment in primary care to 12 percent.

Countdown to National Conference – August 2!  Health is Primary will hold its final mainstage panel at the AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students on August 2 in Kansas City. This year’s session will focus on health equity and will feature top thought leaders from around the country.  Click here to learn more about the conference and stay tuned for updates on the panel discussion.

Health is Primary is focused on adolescent health.   This month the campaign is focused on promoting adolescent health and the role of primary care in keeping teens healthy.  In August, as part of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), Health is Primary will focus on promoting immunizations across the lifespan.  You can download our monthly toolkit at

New campaign videos are now available. Health is Primary has launched two new explainer videos on the value and cost effectiveness of primary care. The videos are available in the tool library at  Additional videos are coming soon!

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