• GP apps promise to change how we pay for primary care

    4 December 2018

    Digital healthcare services will fundamentally challenge the basis of existing primary care contracting and payment systems.

    Rob McGough, a partner with law firm Hill Dickinson, told a recent PCC event that the rise of large scale online and app providers was not foreseen when existing models were put in place. That, after all, was a different time – before the advances and ready access to technology we see today.

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  • Reminder about COPD pathway

    26 November 2018

    The NHS RightCare COPD pathway provides a set of resources to support local health economies to concentrate their improvement efforts where there is greatest opportunity to address variation and improve population health. It shows commissioners and providers how to ensure early detection with accurate diagnosis and how to optimise long term management to reduce hospital admissions and premature mortality.

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  • Mental health data and analysis: a guide for health professionals

    26 November 2018

    Public Health England has published guidance for commissioners and health professionals to make decisions about mental health services and interventions.

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  • Glaucoma referral scheme showing results

    22 November 2018

    Recent research by the College of Optometrists shows that a glaucoma scheme in Manchester has successfully filtered patients with low false positive and false negative rates. The results should interest commissioners considering glaucoma pathways.

    The research, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, evaluated the clinical effectiveness of a glaucoma enhanced referral service in Greater Manchester.

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  • Primary care contract reviews

    6 November 2018

    Ever changing commissioning arrangements have taken their toll in terms of continuity, capacity and organisational memory. Commissioners don’t always know where all their contracts are or whether they have been drafted correctly. Often these questions won’t be asked until a dispute arises with a provider, by which time it is too late. If contracts have fallen between the cracks or were incorrectly drafted, you need to know. We have worked with CCGs to audit their existing contracts to ensure that they are getting the services they think they’re paying for and to avoid the reputational damage and other costs of contract disputes. Contact enquiries@pcc-cic.org.uk to find out how we can help you to get your primary care house in order.

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