In pursuit of a transformed health care system: from patient centered medical homes to accountable care organizations and beyond.
Association of Departments of Family Medicine, This commentary was written by the ADFM Executive, Committee and PCMH Taskforce Co-Chairs.The Annals of Family Medicine (Impact Factor: 5.43). 09/2011; 9(5):466-7. DOI: 10.1370/afm.1305
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ABSTRACT: The crisis of the rising cost of health care in the United States is stimulating major changes in the way care is being delivered. New models such as patient-centered medical homes and accountable care organizations are being developed with the expectation that health care professionals will address and improve the health of populations. Electronic health records and interprofessional teams will be critical to achieving the goal of better health. It is now time to bring together educators and clinicians at academic health centers, public health educators and practitioners, along with researchers, representatives from the health care delivery and financing systems, and community partners to reengineer health professions education to prepare health professions students for the health care system of the future.Academic medicine: journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 09/2012; 87(9):1159-60. DOI:10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182628d59 · 2.93 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed in 2010, focused primarily on the problems of adults, but the changes in payment for and delivery of care it fosters will likely impact the health care of children. The evolving epidemiology of pediatric illness in the United States has resulted in a relatively small population of medically fragile children dispersed through the country and a large population of children with developmental and behavioral health issues who experience wide degrees of health disparities. Review of previous efforts to change the health care system reveals specific innovations in child health delivery that have been designed to address issues of child health. The ACA is complex and contains some language that improves access to care, quality of care, and the particular needs of the pediatric workforce. Most of the payment models and delivery systems proposed in the ACA, however, were not designed with the needs of children in mind and will need to be adapted to address their needs. To assure that the needs of children are met as systems evolve, child health professionals within and outside academe will need to focus their efforts in clinical care, research, education, and advocacy to incorporate child health programs into changing systems and to prevent unintended harm to systems designed to care for children.Academic pediatrics 05/2014; 14(3):225-233. DOI:10.1016/j.acap.2014.02.004 · 2.01 Impact Factor