Nearly 1,000 attendees will take part in NCQA’s annual educational conference, with a program featuring leadership expert Greg Bell and Paul Grundy, “Godfather” of the Patient-Centered Medical Home Revolution

MALVERN, PA (August 7, 2018) – HMP, a leading healthcare events and education company, today announced the 4th Annual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Congress will take place September 14-16, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The meeting is organized annually on behalf of the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA).

The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. Research indicates the PCMH model improves care quality, the patient experience, and staff satisfaction while reducing health care costs. NCQA’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition Program is the most widely adopted Patient-Centered Medical Home evaluation program in the country. More than 12,000 practices (with more than 60,000 clinicians) are recognized by NCQA.

PCMH Congress is the annual educational gathering for recognized practices, those who are considering recognition, and others interested in patient-centered care. The 3-day meeting attracts nearly 1,000 attendees who will receive tips, tools, and ideas for immediate application through interactive conference sessions tailored to their organization’s needs; engage one-on-one with leading PCMH experts who can assist in answering critical questions; and network with peers from around the country who can share insight into common challenges and offer potential solutions.

The 2018 PCMH Steering Committee includes:

  • Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, MACP, Executive Vice President of Quality Measurement and Research Group, NCQA
  • Patricia Marine Barrett, MHSA, PCMH CCE, Vice President of Product Design and Support, NCQA, Washington, DC;
  • Candace J. Chitty, RN, MBA, CPHQ, PCMH CCE, President, Quality First Healthcare Consulting Inc;
  • Joseph E. Fojtik, MD, FACP, PCMH CCE, Mercy Health Systems; and Medical Deputy Coordinator, Illinois Department of Finance and Professional Regulations, Chicago, Illinois;
  • Mina Harkins, MBA, PCMH CCE, Assistant Vice President, Recognition Programs Policy and Resources, NCQA, Washington, DC;
  • Paul Klintworth, MSPM, HIT, Public Health Analyst, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC; and
  • James H. T. Tan, MD, MPH, Vice President of Value and Resource Stewardship, Northwest Permanente, PC, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, Oregon

“We’re very excited about this year’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Congress,” said Tricia Barrett, Vice President of Product Design and Support, NCQA. “This year’s Steering Committee has designed a robust, high-quality program with tracks focused on behavioral health, collaborative care, health IT, payment models, and PCMH transformation. Participants will have the opportunity to learn not only from experts, but also from one another, as they gather as a community to improve care delivery and collaborate as members of the ‘Medical Neighborhood’.”

Delivering the keynote address on how teamwork impacts patient care is Greg Bell, Founder of Water the Bamboo Center for Leadership. An innovator and keen observer of highly successful leaders and teams, Bell will provide an “under-the-hood” look at the characteristics of high-performing teams and explore how to build and nurture teams that consistently perform better, innovate more, and achieve collaborative success.

“Our goal is to facilitate best practices and practical solutions that attendees can take back to their organizations and implement for immediate improvements to patient care,” said Randy Robbin, President of NACCME, the medical education subsidiary of HMP. “I believe this year’s program and particularly, our keynote helped achieve that goal. Greg’s highly engaging storytelling, and his ability to masterfully blend insights and encouragement will make for an impactful address to our attendees on the power and potential of effective teamwork.”

Also featured on the 2018 agenda is Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, the “Godfather” of the Patient-Centered Medical Home revolution. Dr. Grundy is a recipient of the 2016 Barbara Starfield Primary Care Leadership Award and the 2012 NCQA Quality Award. Dr. Grundy will share valuable insights on the changing healthcare landscape and introduce some of the organizations who are driving this change toward a more patient-centered approach.

Participants in the 2018 PCMH Congress can earn up to 21 CE credits for physicians, pharmacists, and nurses or 15 MOCs for PCMH Certified Content Experts.

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About HMP

HMP is the force behind Healthcare Made Practical – and is a multichannel leader in healthcare events and education, with a mission to improve patient care. The company produces accredited medical education events and clinically relevant, evidence-based content for the global healthcare community across a range of therapeutic areas. Its brands include Consultant360, the year-round, award-winning platform relied upon by primary care providers and other specialists; Psych Congress, the largest independent mental health meeting in the U.S.; EMS World Expo, North America’s largest EMT and paramedic event; and the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC), the largest wound care meeting in the world. For more information, visit

About NCQA

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of healthcare organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in healthcare. NCQA’s website ( contains information to help consumers, employers, and others make more informed healthcare choices. NCQA can be found online at, on Twitter @ncqa, on Facebook at, and on LinkedIn at