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What’s New With PCPCH

Wednesday, September 07, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brook Schales
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What’s New With PCPCH - Oct 3 Webinar to Review New 2017 Standards for Patient Centered Primary Care Homes
Laura Farr | OANP Executive Director

If you are currently a PCPCH or thinking about applying for PCPCH recognition, don’t miss this webinar on October 3rd sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority to review the new 2017 PCPCH standards.

Notable updates to the requirements to qualify as a Patient Centered Primary Care Home include:

• 12 revised standards
• One additional “must pass measure” regarding performing patient and family surveys
• Expanded the structure from 3 tiers to 5 tiers (Tier 5 being at the forefront of healthcare transformation and best practices).

The webinar will be recorded if you are unable to attend October 3, and you can also download the technical assistance guidelines to help you do a self-evaluation of readiness.

As a reminder, many health insurers, companies, and health systems are beginning to require or incentivize patients to visit clinics and primary care doctors that have been recognized as Patient Centered Primary Care Homes. This does not mean that you need a large clinic, but does mean that you’ve instituted at least a minimum set of procedures and systems in your clinic that are considered “best practice” to improve patient care and coordination of care.

Clinics that achieve PCPCH recognition receive per member per month enhanced payments, scaled to reflect the tier level that they achieve, in addition to the traditional fee for service reimbursements. The system is designed to recognize the additional burden on and value of primary care doctors, which historically has not been reflected in the fee for service system.

Several naturopathic clinics have gone through the process of being recognized as a PCPCH. If you’d like to connect with one of them or to find out more, contact Laura Farr at

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