213277 Safety net hospitals and medical homes: An overview

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 10:30 AM

Sari Siegel-Spieler, PhD , Research, National Association of Public Hospitals and Health & National Public Health and Hospital Institute, Washington, DC
Government and health care experts involved in health reform discussions are promoting the “medical home” concept as a mechanism for providing high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered, continuous, and coordinated outpatient care. The more than 100 urban safety net hospitals and health systems that are members of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) are significant providers of outpatient care for medically underserved populations. Indeed, NAPH members on average provide almost 500,000 outpatient visits per year, 40 percent of which are for primary care services. Given this volume, many public hospital-affiliated clinics are embracing the medical home model to create efficiencies in patient care.

This presentation will offer an overview of how public hospitals around the nation are employing the medical home model, emphasizing its impact on quality of care for underserved populations. Additionally, this session will offer examples of how public hospitals are forming medical homes, and will describe a current collaborative effort to examine medical home adoption in safety net hospitals. The talk will conclude by introducing two subsequent presentations that offer insights into its implementation at different public hospital systems.

Learning Objectives:
Asses the impact of medical homes on health care quality for underserved populations. Identify the steps to achieving medical home designation. Discuss strategies for implementing the medical home model that other safety net hospitals can learn from and employ.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Assistant Vice President at NAPH and have given multiple presentations on public hospital issues at similar conferences.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.