213306 Role of Improved Primary Care in Meaningful Health Care Reform and Strategies for Developing It

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 4:40 PM

Ronda Kotelchuck, MRP , Primary Care Development Corporation, New York, NY
National healthcare reform pushes the role of primary and preventive care to the center of the national stage. Already 60 million Americans lack access to primary care, a shortage that will intensify immeasurably as more gain health insurance. Moreover, health care reform is predicated on reducing health care costs. This means reform must deal with the rising tide of chronic illness, which now accounts for 75% of all health care costs. Doing so will require transforming the current reactive and fragmented model of primary care into a proactive one which emphasizes prevention, early detection, care management and coordination, and health care outcomes. An actionable, affordable primary care development strategy is needed.

Author will discuss these issues and a successful strategy for expanding and improving primary care in underserved communities.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will gain an understanding of: The primary care imperatives embedded in national health reform. The role of primary care in addressing the issues of health care costs, outcomes and disparities. The twofold primary care agenda which includes both expansion and transformation. Replicable models for achieving this agenda The importance of coalition building to support primary care

Keywords: Primary Care, Quality

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Recipient of Donabedian Award Work in Primary Care and Health and Hospitals Corp
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.