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PRHI Coordinates Learning Sessions on Social Determinants Screening

David Kelley, MD, Chief Medical Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Service’s Office of Medical Assistance Programs, addresses the Learning Network Session on January 23.

 In partnership with the Physical HealthChoices Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI) continues to oversee and coordinate the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Learning Network to facilitate quarterly, regional in-person and virtual learning collaborative sessions across the Commonwealth.

The PCMH Learning Network is designed for the HealthChoices PCMH Program, which is part of the Physical HealthChoices' Value-Based Purchasing program. The Learning Network helps the participating primary care practices learn how to adopt best practices to achieve the expectations of the program. PRHI facilitates the sessions for western and northeastern Pennsylvania and contracts with the Health Federation of Philadelphia to facilitate the sessions for Lehigh/Capital and southeastern Pennsylvania.

In January, PCMH practices—The Wright Center, Esperanza Health Center, and Community Health and Dental Care—presented how they have modified their EHRs and workflows to conduct Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) assessments. The regional sessions in Lehigh/Capital, western PA, and southeastern PA also focused on SDOH screening and response and featured examples of how to include patient advocates and family members on healthcare teams to advise the practices. The practices also learned about opportunities to improve contraceptive care and counseling. 

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