245267 Using the Affordable Care Act to strengthen population health: North Carolina experience

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 11:30 AM

Pam Silberman, JD, DrPH , North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morrisville, NC
Sharon Schiro, PhD , North Carolina Institute of Medicine, UNC Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morrisville, NC
Jennifer Hastings, MS, MPH , North Carolina Institute of Medicine, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morrisville, NC
In order to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the Department of Health and Human Services asked the North Carolina Institute of Medicine to convene workgroups to examine the law and gather stakeholder input to ensure decisions the state makes in implementing the law serves the best interest of the state as a whole. Eight workgroups focus on different components of the ACA including prevention, new models of care, Medicaid, quality, the health care safety net, the health benefits exchange and insurance oversight, the health professional workforce, and fraud and abuse. This broad-based collaborative process has included more than 260 individuals from across the state. North Carolina is identifying opportunities under the ACA to implement the state's previously established Prevention Action Plan and to strengthen state and local collaborations to implement evidence-based prevention strategies. The workgroups have also developed new strategies to strengthen prevention and population health improvement efforts within North Carolina's nationally recognized patient- centered medical home programóCommunity Care of North Carolina.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe how North Carolina has used a collaborative stakeholder-driven process to identify opportunities under the ACA to improve population health

Keywords: Collaboration, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the President and CEO of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. We are working with all the stakeholder groups to identify strategies to implement the ACA in North Carolina. We have helped facilitate the discussions about how to use the ACA to improve population health, both in the public health setting and in the patient centered medical home.
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.