Pediatric Health Network Annual Report 2020

Commitment to Community

Spotlight

Network Management and Finance

The past year was one of exponential growth and foundation building for the Pediatric Health Network.

Between July 2019 and June 2020, PHN added 18 new practices and membership grew from 431 to 523 primary care providers and 1,025 specialty providers with the addition of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia. The Network Management Team is led by Diana Abney, M.D., Medical Director for Network Management, and Denise Campbell, Provider Relations Manager. The Finance Team is led by Terry Lindquist, Executive Director, and Betty Cronin, Operations Manager.

Between July 2019 and June 2020, PHN added 18 new practices and membership grew from 431 to 523 primary care providers and 1,025 specialty providers with the addition of Pediatric Specialists of Virginia."

PHN developed membership and citizenship criteria, began scoping to become a credentialing verification organization (CVO), conducted Regional Orientation Meetings for all network members, and hosted major events (both in-person and virtual) to convene regional pediatric leaders.

In 2019, PHN hosted the 20th annual Future of Pediatrics (June 2019) and Business of Pediatrics (December 2019) events to provide continuing medical education for more than 300 pediatricians in Rockville, Maryland. Out of precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 21st annual Future of Pediatrics event was transitioned to an online summer series, with topics ranging from prenatal care to adolescent development, teen-focused care management and specialty-specific issues

Figure 2 Dianna Abney, M.D., Elizabeth Watts, M.D., Mark Weissman, M.D., and Ellie Hamburger, M.D., (from left to right) Future of Pediatrics in June 2019.

PHN established an Office Managers and Practice Administrators Steering Committee focused on sharing best practices for office management. Key topics include access to continuing education for non-clinical staff and encouraging individual and practice growth and development. This committee includes 12 Office Managers/ Practice Administrators from 11 PHN practices representing DC, Maryland and Virginia.

In February 2020, PHN negotiated an agreement with FIGmd, the health IT vendor contracted by CareFirst, to facilitate data collection and aggregation from practices. The group contracting arrangement between PHN member practices and FIGmd, in addition to streamlining the data integration, will net more than $300,000 in savings for participating members.

This year, PHN finalized its first value-based contract with Aetna and is in discussions with several other payors, demonstrating the power of a pediatric network to deliver quality care and savings. PHN is actively engaged in procuring additional value-based contracts on behalf of membership.