HealthTeamWorks® participated in the 2016 Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland on May 5th.  There were more than 300 people in attendance, including representatives of 24 Colorado CPC practices — we were thrilled by the great turnout! Thank you to all the practices for traveling to the event, and to those who attended virtually. Many of our Colorado practices shared their experiences in CPC during breakout sessions on diverse topics including innovative data delivery, linkages to community-based services, and advanced primary care strategies. Mercy Family Medicine (Durango, CO) was recognized for excellence by CMS with a Champion award,  and Family Physicians of Greeley (Greeley, CO) was featured in a gallery walk highlighting their work improving patient utilization. We appreciated being able to participate in recognizing these practices’ diligence and innovative approaches in achieving CPC milestones. Our team left the conference invigorated and excited to continue improving primary care delivery.

Throughout the day, CMS shared ways that CPC  practices have contributed valuable insights that have informed  innovation projects from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, including the recently announced CPC+. There was tremendous excitement about CPC+, which may include up to 20 regions and 5,000 practices.  This represents a significant expansion of the initial CPC program, which currently includes seven regions and 500 practices. CPC+ will launch in 2017, and with its highest investment in primary care to date, CMS is reinforcing the importance of primary care.  The day also included insightful  discussions around MACRA, (Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act), which creates The Quality Payment Program and drives the healthcare delivery system toward value-based care in a coordinated, efficient way. CMS is  encouraging stakeholders to read the proposed rule and comment by the June 27, 2016 deadline. Practices may be particularly interested in pages 476-502, which discuss Medical Home Models and Advanced Alternative Payments Models.