June 5, 2019
Notes & Updates
The Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors invites members to submit resolutions for consideration to the AAFP Congress of Delegates. All resolutions must be submitted to the MassAFP office in the resolution format no later than July 1. Use this simple form to create your resolution(s).
PCMH PRIME Pathway and Certified practices: This update is about the Health Policy Commission's (HPC) PCMH PRIME Certification program. This includes some changes from our previous communications with you in November 2018.
As we first shared last fall, the HPC is adopting recognition under NCQA's Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration module as the new standard for our PCMH certification program for primary care practices. Starting January 1, 2019, any Massachusetts practice that achieves this Distinction will also be granted HPC PCMH Certification.
PCMH Certification process
Practices seeking HPC PCMH Certification based on the new standard of achieving NCQA Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration will need to notify the HPC when their Distinction is finalized. Practices will be asked to provide some basic information via a short web-based form, available on the HPC website. While HPC PCMH certification remains a fully voluntary program, we hope that practices achieving Distinction will take the opportunity to let us know and be additionally recognized by the HPC for your achievements in behavioral health integration.
Training and application fees
As the PCMH PRIME program is phased out, the HPC will no longer co-host additional training webinars with NCQA or cover the fee that NCQA may charge practices to apply for or maintain Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration recognition. Details on pricing for the Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration program can be found on NCQA's website. Please note that the HPC remains committed to advancing the integration of behavioral health services, and we are considering new opportunities to use our resources to support primary care practices in these efforts.
If you have specific technical or programmatic questions about Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration, submit them to NCQA through my.ncqa.org.
If you still have questions, please email us at HPC-Certification@state.ma.us.
Thank you for your ongoing interest in HPC PCMH Certification, and your commitment to delivering integrated primary and behavioral health care to your patients. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with you in these important efforts.
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) today set the Massachusetts Health Care Cost Growth Benchmark for calendar year 2020 at 3.1%, the lowest rate allowable by law. The HPC held a public hearing regarding the potential modification of the benchmark on March 13, 2019, with members of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing (HCF) to examine recent data around cost growth and received testimony from 16 organizations. The HPC has limited authority to modify the benchmark to between 3.1% and 3.6%.
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