3228.0 Health Services Research: Access to Care

Monday, November 8, 2010: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The success of the Medicaid program in improving access to care of low-income populations depends on provider participation. Language barriers contribute to disparities in access to health care services among limited English proficient. Physicians provide sub-optimal rates of weight-related counseling; however, the cumulative impact of health care access on longitudinal weight change has not been studied. The 2006 Medicare bariatric surgery National Coverage Determination (NCD) does not cover obese beneficiaries who do not have a CMS-defined comorbidity, such as diabetes and/or hypertension.
Session Objectives: 1. Identify system level barriers in access to dental care 2. Describe the status of language access services for California’s limited English proficient health maintenance organization members 3. Discuss the relationship between health care access and short and long-term weight change.

Availability of dentists participating in Medicaid and SCHIP can impact access to dental care
Nadereh Pourat, PhD, Ronald Andersen, Marvin Marcus, DDS, MPH, Dylan Roby, PhD and Gina Nicholson, MPH
Can Medical Home Assignment Lead to Appropriate Health Care Utilization?
Nadereh Pourat, PhD, Gerald Kominski, PhD, Anna Davis, MPH, Zina Kally, PhD, Allison L. Diamant, MD, MSHS, Dylan Roby, PhD and Ying-Ying Meng, Dr Ph
State policies and language access in California's commercial HMOs: Public reporting and regulation of HMOs' language services
Christopher Moreland, MD, MPH, Dominique Ritley, MPH, Julie Rainwater, PhD and Patrick Romano, MD, MPH
Association between health care access and weight change: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study
Joyce W. Tang, MD, Norrina B. Allen, PhD, Peter De Chavez, MS, David Goff, MD, PhD, Catarina Kiefe, PhD, MD, Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH and Mercedes Carnethon, PhD
Should Medicare expand bariatric surgery to obese beneficiaries without pre-existing comorbidities?
Chaya T. Merrill, DrPH, Bong-Chul Chu, PhD and Claudia Steiner, MD, MPH

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Organized by: Medical Care
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Social Work

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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