Eight State Medicaid Teams Selected to Meet in Washington, D.C. for Summit to Advance Patient Centered Medical Home Model

Friday, June 20, 2008 General News
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July 24-25 Medical Home Summit joint initiative of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative and National Academy for State Health Policy

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Academy of State Health Policy (NASHP) and the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) announced today that eight state Medicaid initiatives were selected through a competitive process to participate in a July summit in Washington, DC. The invitation-only Medical Home Summit is designed to rapidly advance implementation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model into state Medicaid programs.

The Medical Home Summit is supported by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund and is a joint initiative of NASHP, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to helping states achieve excellence in health policy and practice, and the PCPCC, a multi-stakeholder collaborative organized to provide better outcomes for patients, more efficient payment to physicians and better value, accountability and transparency to purchasers and consumers of health care.

The July 24-25 Summit will be a learning event designed to help foster innovation and widespread adoption of the PCMH model. Teams from these leading-edge states will share information from current medical home demonstrations and policy developments with other teams in a collaborative setting.

"State policy makers are interested more and more in developing models of service delivery that support effective, patient-centered primary care," said Neva Kaye, Senior Program Director with NASHP. "The Medical Home Summit will help these and other states improve the availability of medical homes to Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) enrollees."

Of 30 state Medicaid programs that submitted applications, teams from eight states were selected--Colorado, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Washington, Idaho, Louisiana and Oregon. Selection was based on specific criteria:

The PCPCC's Center to Promote Public Payer Implementation is actively involved in the Medical Home Summit. This working group of PCPCC members develops ways to assist public payers as they implement and refine programs to embed the PCMH model by offering technical assistance, sharing best practices and giving guidance on the development of successful funding models.

"There is significant value in collaboration, and this venue is designed to bring together like-minded Medicaid and SCHIP program leaders from across the country so they can build from one another's experience and spirit of innovation," said Edwina Rogers, PCPCC's executive director and vice president of health policy, The ERISA Industry Committee. "We expect the Medical Home Summit will be a catalyst for programs in these states to leap forward in their drive to implement the patient centered medical home concept and bring enhanced care to the populations they serve."

For more information about the Joint NASHP-PCPCC State Medicaid Taskforce go to http://www.nashp.org/_catdisp_page.cfm?LID=848479CC-1806-43B4-AB0061F96E2426B3.

For more information about PCPCC's Center for Public Payer Implementation go to http://www.pcpcc.net/content/center-promote-public-payer-implementation.

For more information about the Commonwealth Fund's Patient-Centered Primary Care program, go to http://www.commonwealthfund.org/programs/programs_list.htm?attrib_id=11936

About the National Academy for State Health Policy

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is an independent academy of state health policy makers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and improve state health policy and practice. As a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicat

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