P4 Challenge: Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Child Health
"The P4 Challenge invites applicants to propose and implement innovative approaches to increase access to and utilization of well-child visits and/or immunizations services within primary care settings …
Total Cash Prize Pool: Up to $1,000,000
Phase I Winners: Up to 50
Phase I Winner Prize Amount: $10,000
A prize purse of $1,000,000 is available for the entire P4 challenge.
The Phase 1 prize purse is $500,000. We expect to select up to 50 Phase 1 winners to progress on to Phase II. Each Phase 1 winner will win $10,000 upon selection.
In the event we choose fewer than 50 Phase 1 winners, the $500,000 will be split evenly among those teams selected.
Phase II Winners: Up to 20
Phase I Winner Prize Amount: $25,000
The Phase 2 prize purse is $500,000. We expect to award up to 20 Phase 2 winners who will each be awarded up to $25,000.
In the event we choose fewer than 20 Phase 2 winners, the $500,000 will be split evenly among those teams selected."
If you are not already aware, HRSA (the Health Resources and Services Administration) announced the P4 Challenge - a national contest aimed at improving well-child visits and their accompanying services, namely vaccines, developmental screening, etc. 50 winners will be chosen to receive $10,000 each based on their ideas for promoting well visit care. Then, based on the results from the original round of winners, up to 20 of the original 50 winners will receive an additional $25,000. Real money for a pediatric practice! You have until March 15, 2021 to apply - just 3 weeks away.
You can read the details here, where they outline the goal of the contest, who is allowed to apply, and the application requirements.
Naturally, I was immediately interested in this topic. Is there anyone who has lectured about this specific topic more than I have? Is there a pediatric issue more near and dear to my heart than engaging with patients and getting them in for their well visits ? No and no.
The January information webinar quickly showed that independent pediatric offices are at a disadvantage here - the questions were largely from professional grant seekers from various hospital systems, multi-site FQHC programs, school systems, etc. Which is great, we need those players to help improve care for children, especially those in the figurative “last mile” of well-coverage. But PCC still has plenty of clients who serve at-risk populations who may not have the resources to gather all the information to submit a strong application.
And there are even more non-PCC practices in the same boat.
That’s what this post is about.
Ultimately, HRSA has promised to share the winning applications as they seek clever and effective solutions for driving well child care. This is as a chance to get 50 new ideas for how to get the 30% of your patients who are overdue into your office right now, especially as we navigate this non-existent flu season .
PCC clients have some distinct advantages applying for this contest. We provide a long list of free tools designed specifically to improve well visit rates. Perhaps the most important tool for this application is our Dashboard, which provides clients with up-to-date benchmarks for state, regional, and national well visit benchmarks. At PCC, we know how important and effective the Dashboard is. I’m not sure there’s another tool with more timely or applicable pediatric data available anywhere. We know that practice-level, peer-comparative clinical data is very effective at improving clinical results - I’ve even gone and done some homework for everyone on this particular aspect of the application (see below).
So here’s my promise : if your pediatric practice wants to apply to the P4 Challenge, I (and our crew) will help you improve your application. Specifically, we will provide you with initial benchmark data that you can use to measure your performance. Just send me a note, tell me what state you are from and what measures you’re interested in (see below), and I’ll send you the data we have. If you get chosen, I’ll send you monthly data so you can apply in the second round for the $25,000. I want independent pediatric practices to do this work!
If you’re a PCC client, we’ll obviously go a lot further. We’ll help proof read and tighten your application. We will provide one of your two required letters of support. We will jump through whatever hoops we can do get you the data you need if it’s not right there in the Dashboard or our other reports - especially data related to your practice demographics (part of the application). You still have to come up with the good ideas and prepare the content, but we’ll make it as easy as possible.
Below, I’ll outline some of the help we can give. If you’re a PCC client, pick up the phone and call.
Some of our clients have already shared ideas with me that they intend to submit. I’ll share some of them here.
Implement professionally developed, age- and sex-specific patient recall content with A/B/C test messaging to determine which messages resonate best with our patient base.
Provide “Preventive Care Report Cards” to individual families, indicating their preventive care service utilization. The goal will be to stimulate a demand for our services based on Bright Futures.
Leverage the idea that a tight feedback loop with peer benchmarking leads to behavior change. [see below!]
Receive HPV training and education to enable a stronger and more empathetic approach to encouraging HPV vaccination among hesitant families.
Dempsey AF, Pyrznawoski J, Lockhart S, et al. Effect of a health care professional communication training intervention on adolescent human papillomavirus vaccination: A cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Pediatr 2018; doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0016. [Epub ahead of print].
Make the changes required to our workflow and business calendar to schedule more than 3m out.
Providing Performance Feedback to Individual Physicians: Current Practice and Emerging Lessons (https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/working_papers/2006/RAND_WR381.pdf) “Comparative Performance Information: The literature we reviewed indicates that peer comparisons are an effective way to motivate behavior change and are the comparison type that physicians find most meaningful.[19, 20, 24] And “unblinded” peer comparisons (i.e., those that identify physicians by name) seem to provide greater motivation for behavior change than do “blinded” (confidential) peer comparisons because they leverage the natural competitive instincts of many physicians.”
Thanks Chip, that’s a ton of info, appreciate your behind the scene work on this . We plan on submitting this week with focus on COMMUNITY IMPACT from COVID, via closing well visit gaps in target populations w/ screening for depression/mental health and food insecurity issues. Only 50 awards in Phase 1, but real impact is w Phase 2 implementation.