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November 2018 Update

November 2018 Update

National Meeting on Increasing Investment in Primary Care

FMAHealth in collaboration with the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) sponsored, the first national conversation on increasing investment in primary care on November 9, 2018. The workshop followed the PCPCC’s Annual Conference where a broad audience was educated about the importance of increased investment in primary care. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, spoke about the importance of primary care and ways in which CMMI would be moving forward with alternative primary care payment models.

Twenty-five states were represented at the workshop. Participants heard from Oregon, Rhode Island, Colorado and Delaware about their work to raise investment in primary care to 12% or more of their states’ healthcare budgets in order to achieve the kind of care envisioned by the Shared Principles of Primary Care. Increased investment in primary care could support care coordination, technologies like telehealth, mental and behavioral health integration, medication management and population health, including better integration with community health workers.

During the workshop, payers, employers, clinicians, consumers and legislators worked together to determine, not “whether”, but “how” to increase investment in primary care in as many states as possible over the next few years. Through frank and open dialogue, stakeholders discussed both opportunities and obstacles on the way to greater investment in primary care. Following foundation-laying discussions in the morning, the afternoon was devoted to building multi-stakeholder action plans for specific states based on the particular strengths and challenges of each. Six additional states developed action plans to increase primary care investment in their states. The PCPCC will continue to coordinate this multi-state effort and help move it forward.

Update from Health is Primary
Health is Primary is sponsoring the Alliance for Health Policy’s series on Aging in America. The October 10 Summit in Washington, DC featured Iora Health co-founder and CEO, Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, who discussed the company’s efforts to reinvent primary care. The event can be viewed here. A congressional briefing on this topic is planned for December 7 and will include Dr. Tom Cornwell, a family physician and national leader in home-centered primary care.

Health is Primary is focused on diabetes awareness in November, as part of National Diabetes Month. In December the campaign will focus on staying healthy. You can download the 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
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