WASHINGTON, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has tapped two outstanding professionals for its board of directors.
Beverley H. Johnson, of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, will assume the consumer- engagement board seat, while Harlan Levine, MD, of WellPoint will take the payer seat.
Johnson is president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Md. She has provided technical assistance and consultation for advancing the practice of patient- and family-centered care to more than 250 hospitals, health systems, and federal, state and provincial agencies. She has authored or co-authored numerous publications on patient- and family-centered practice, and currently serves as project director for several projects related to patient- and family-centered care.
"Beverley is one of the most recognized thought leaders working in consumer health. Not only is she a frequently published author, but she represents a boots-on-the-ground perspective of consumer engagement. Her gift for fostering collaboration and her expertise in developing consumer engagement strategies will be a tremendous asset to the PCPCC," said Marcia Nielsen, Ph.D., MPH, PCPCC executive director. "Right now, consumers don't know about the PCMH, and they don't understand how it can improve outcomes and lower costs. We need to engage individuals in their own care and around the medical home movement itself. I know Beverley will help us achieve that goal."
Harlan Levine, MD, is executive vice president of WellPoint, leading the company's Comprehensive Health Solutions Business Unit. In this role, Levine is responsible for improving access to high-quality, affordable care for the 34 million consumers who are members of the company's affiliated health plans. Levine has more than 15 years of experience providing clinical health management, consultative services and program implementation support to businesses and organizations of all sizes, across a broad range of industries.
"Harlan was a major force behind WellPoint's recent patient-centered medical home rollout, and he strongly believes primary care should be the foundation of health care," said David K. Nace, MD, vice president and medical director of McKesson Corporation and chairman of the PCPCC's board. "He believes payers need to align, at the community level, around new payment and care models based on primary care in order to transform the market--and he is in a position to make that happen."
"Both Johnson and Levine are welcome additions to the board," he said. "Both these individuals bring a wealth of knowledge to the table, and they have the skills and talent to turn that knowledge into action--action that will help us advance an effective and efficient health system built on a strong foundation of primary care and the PCMH."
For more detailed information on other PCPCC board members, visit www.pcpcc.net/leadership.
About the meeting
The PCPCC's annual Stakeholder Conference, Patients and Families at the Center of the Medical Home: Better engagement, better care, better outcomes in the Patient-Centered Medical Home, will highlight the primacy of the patient at the center of the medical home concept, and provide extensive education and networking opportunities. This dynamic two-day meeting, to be held at Marriott at Wardman Park in Washington, DC, begins Monday, April 23. A complete agenda is available here. Details and registration information are here.
About the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative is a coalition of more than 1,000 major employers, consumer groups, organizations representing primary care physicians, and other stakeholders who have joined to advance the patient-centered medical home. The Collaborative believes that, if implemented, the patient-centered medical home will improve the health of patients and the health care delivery system. For more information on the patient-centered medical home and a complete list of the PCPCC members, please visit www.pcpcc.net/.
SOURCE Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative