CHC quality conference: Reimagining primary care

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Yesterday’s ninth annual Weitzman Institute conference on improving the quality of care did not disappoint. National and CHC, Inc. speakers touched on workforce and technology innovations to build primary care capacity and improve quality of care, engaging youth in coverage expansions, connecting medicine to community services to stop the expensive treadmill of treating preventable health problems, and the future of primary care. One of the many excellent topics include a talk by Nwando Olayiwola MD, former CHC physician and co-author of a new Millbank review of the effectiveness of patient-centered medical homes. According to the study, nationally recognized PCMHs are associated with significantly reduced ED visits, lower hospital admissions and readmissions, increased patient experience of care, and lower costs. CHC panelists following her talk reported impressive results for their PCMHs in CT, certified by both NCQA and JCAHO. Dr. Olayiwola reported that 80% of PCMHs nationally are certified by NCQA. For more on PCMH certification, join us for our webinar May 29thwith NCQA.