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Changing the world … one thoughtful, committed citizen at a time

What did I share in my last post? “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)

Well I’m pleased to share that a few more thoughtful, committed citizens have decided to support the Kansas PCMH Initiative.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians announced that the state’s largest health insurer is supporting the Kansas Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative by providing financial assistance to pilot participants.

Blue Cross will donate $20,000 to the grant fund in order to cover the $2,500 per practice fee that pilot participants are required to pay. In addition, Blue Cross is developing modified reimbursement options for the eight participating provider practices that will include both fee-for-service payments and incentives to support successful transformation to a PCMH model.

“Blue Cross is committed to exploring the patient-centered medical home model as we believe this model of care could well be the wave of the future for primary care,” said Michael D. Atwood, M.D., chief medical officer for BCBSKS and former family physician. “If this pilot proves successful, it may provide a model for possible expansion to a wider group of primary care physicians in the near future.

“We have been discussing the role of a payer in this pilot with KAFP leaders for some time, and are pleased that we have identified a meaningful way for us to collaborate with the coalition. By agreeing to cover the physician financial component we are hoping to reduce that barrier and encourage additional applications,” Dr. Atwood said.

“We are thrilled that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas supports this important health initiative in our great state,” said Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, executive director, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Applications to participate in the pilot are due April 30. Visit http://kansaspcmh.org/kspcmh for the application and instructions on how to apply.

As a reminder, we must credit the few thoughtful citizens that collectively started the ball rolling in Kansas – the KAOM, KAAP, KACP, KMS, and KAFP. Add to these thoughtful citizens the committed citizens of the Kansas Health Foundation, Sunflower Foundation, and United Methodist Health Ministries who believed enough to provide this initiative with a strong financial base, and maybe, just maybe, together we can truly change the world.

Funding for Kansas PCMH Initiative was provided in part by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, a philanthropy based in Hutchinson, Kansas; Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans, a Topeka-based philanthropic organization with the mission to serve as a catalyst for improving the health of Kansans; and the Kansas Health Foundation, a private philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about these organizations visit: www.healthfund.org; www.sunflowerfoundation.org; and www.kansashealth.org.


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