APCM Learning Exchange

OPCA hosted the first APCM Learning Exchange for PCAs in the summer of 2016

OPCA is excited to spread our insights and experiences with APCM beyond Oregon’s state boundaries; we have already shared APCM experience with over 18 state Primary Care Associations (PCAs) through a combination of on-site visits, webinars, phone calls and email.  As additional states advance their own work in payment and care model innovation, they encounter the typical complexities of system change and have expressed a great deal of interest and excitement at the opportunity to learn from OPCA and from each other.  

In an effort to more systematically and efficiently respond to requests for information and to share the insights of the past 5 years of experience, OPCA hosted the first APCM Learning Exchange with PCA partners from around the country in the summer of 2016.  The APCM Learning Exchange was attended by PCA staff from Washington, Colorado, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri and Washington D.C.  

The APCM Learning Exchange covered key topics in the development and implementation of payment and care model transformation efforts.

During the first gathering of the APCM Learning Exchange, OPCA shared information on the following key topics.

Strategic Considerations:
•    Going from PCMH to APCM
•    Working with State partners
•    PCA capacity for supporting APCMAlternative Payment:
•    Financial model details
•    Developing an accountability plan
•    Community health center readiness assessment, opt-in and on-boarding

Advanced Care:
•    Transformation strategies
•    Social Determinants of Health interviewing and intervention
•    Documenting new visit types
•    Maintaining a patient-centered approach
•    Community health center data capacity

In addition to sharing information and resources, OPCA shared three major points of advice on APCM strategy.

Know your North Star.  Be clear about why you are undertaking payment transformation and use that clarity to maintain alignment as you proceed.

Go big or go home.  As a PCA, you have to be ready to build capacity and fully commit to shepherding payment and care transformation in partnership with the CHCs in your state. This type of work requires significant investment of resources and should be planned for accordingly.

Relationships are everything.  In order to initiate and sustain safety net health system transformation, PCAs must promote partnership with health centers, State Medicaid authorities, other payers, health information technology partners and patients.  Strong alliance with these stakeholders is critical to success.

Click here to download the APCM Learning Exchange August 2016 Summary Report

Click here to download the APCM Learning Exchange Resource Index

Click here to access APCM Learning Exchange Resources (DROPBOX)