Patient-Centered Medical Home Webinar Series
Supporting transformation of the health system so that high quality care is available and accessible at an affordable cost is one aim of the Alaska Health Care Commission. One of the Commission’s priorities is to enhance each Alaskan’s role in their health and health care through innovations in patient-centered care. Fostering the development of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model in Alaska is one strategy the Commission is studying to address this priority.
Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) provide comprehensive primary care through processes that facilitate coordination of care and management of chronic conditions. Patient-centered practice approaches the care experience from the patient’s perspective, respecting patient values and supporting shared decision-making between the patient and their clinician and care team. Implemented correctly, PCMHs are demonstrating positive results in terms of improved health outcomes for patients, support for clinicians, and reduced health care costs.
To facilitate learning about the PCMH model, the Commission is sponsoring a series of webinars presented by representatives of innovative programs in other states that have successfully implemented PCMH initiatives over the past several years. Each webinar will highlight a particular program and include presenters representing both the payer and the provider side of the initiative who will share information about the program from their perspective, as well as lessons learned and advice for Alaska.
To assist the Commission with better understanding the realities and implications for Alaskan providers, a number of “Early Innovators” have been recruited – Alaskan health care providers who are considering or already working to implement PCMH processes in their practice. The Early Innovators will view the webinars, then participate in the Commission’s June 24 meeting session on PCMHs as part of a “Reactor Panel” to share their perspectives on the webinar presentations, status of their own PCMH development, the supports Alaskan providers need to successfully implement PCMHs, and advice for Commission members as they develop recommendations for the Governor and the Legislature.
2011 PCMH Webinar Series Schedule:
May 26; 7:00 – 8:30 AST CareOregon’s Primary Care Renewal Program
June 17; 9:00 – 10:30 AST Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan’s Physician Group Incentive Program
June 24; 8:00 – 11:30 AST North Carolina’s Community Care Network; followed by Alaska’s Early Innovators Reactor Panel (at the Alaska Health Care Commission Meeting)