In February 2007 the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) published their landmark Joint Principles on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). This approach promises comprehensive primary care for children, youth, and adults in a partnership between individual patients and a team of health care professionals at the practice level. The team coordinates care across all elements of the health care system. Increased quality, patient safety, use of technology, performance incentives, accountability, and patient-centeredness are all hallmarks of the patient-center medical home model.
By 2010 the medical home model had become one of the most talked-about concepts in health care and the foundation for health care reform and its newest concept, the Accountable Care Organization or ACO. The model is also evolving, with different iterations in the make-up of the medical home team, the way in which care coordination is managed, and the relationship with other members of the "medical neighborhood" -- behavioral health, oral health, social services, and specialty and inpatient care. Even the name is evolving, with "health homes" and "advanced primary care" now used to describe patient-centered medical home models.
The Third National Medical Home Summit will bring together the leading authorities and practitioners in the medical home field to discuss how it is working, where it has proven outcomes, how it is evolving, and how it fits into plans for reforming the delivery system, in particular through ACOs. The key building blocks of the medical home model will be presented and current issues -- evaluations, recognition, IT, patient engagement, the workforce, and the like -- will be discussed in nine separate mini Summits. Attendees will see how the model is actually working right now in a variety of different settings serving Medicare, Medicaid, commercially insured, and uninsured patients. Special plenary sessions will also examine the growing employer role in promoting medical homes, transformation lessons from the field, and ACOs and the medical home.
Two preconferences are offered to give attendees more choice. A more advanced version of the Medical Home Preconference Boot camp will walk participants from theory to real-world implementation. A second preconference will look at clinical integration and clinical workflow to better manage chronic conditions and set the stage for ACO involvement. The popular Medical Home Training Program will again allows individuals who want to take a deeper dive into the subject matter an opportunity to do so and earn a certificate. As always, the Summit permits registrants to enjoy the complete Summit experience online through both real-time and archived access to all Summit presentations. Finally, NCQA will follow the Summit with a postconference training session on the new PPC®-PCMH™ standards.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
- Employers and employer coalitions
- Health plans
- Hospital and health system executives and managers
- Practicing physicians and physician organizations
- Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurse case managers and other allied health professionals on the primary care team
- Community clinics and neighborhood health centers
- Patient advocate representatives
- Organizations representing vulnerable populations and individuals with special needs
- Disease management organizations
- Pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers
- Health care information technology managers
- Accreditation organizations
- Federal, State, and local government health agencies
- Vendors and consulting firms specializing in medical home related products and services