2013 Texas Health/Medical Home Summit comes to Austin in April

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Register for the 2013 Texas Health/Medical Home Summit in Austin April 4-5

updated 02.26.13

The Texas Health/Medical Home Summit – April 4-5, 2013 in Austin – is the first-ever statewide conference focused specifically on expanding access to a health/medical home for individuals and families in Texas. This summit offers stakeholders the opportunity to learn about medical home models and best practices and to interact with program experts—including TAFP members listed below—as they discuss their experiences with this model. Click here to see the full agenda.

  • Cliff Fullerton, M.D., M.Sc., FAAFP
  • Janet Hurley, M.D.
  • Greg Sheff, M.D.
  • Greg Fuller, M.D.
  • Chris Noyes, M.D., FAAFP
  • Tom Banning, TAFP CEO/EVP
  • Tamarah Duperval-Bronwlee, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP
  • Roland Goertz, M.D., M.B.A.
  • Amy Mullins, M.D., FAAFP
  • Melissa Gerdes, M.D., ABFM, FAAFP

Texas Medical Home Initiative
The summit is hosted by Texas Medical Home Initiative (TMHI), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health and health care of Texans through education and support of clinicians in new models of health care delivery. Established in 2008, TMHI leadership comprises physicians, nurse practitioners, consumers, business leaders, health insurers, and government representatives. TMHI’s strategic partner in this event is the Texas Health Institute, a nonprofit health care policy think-tank based in Austin.

The medical home
The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model holds promise as a way to improve health care in America by transforming how primary care is organized and delivered. 

The PCMH is best described as a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It is supported by robust health information technology, physician payment reform focused on patient outcomes and health system efficiencies, and team-based education and training of the health professions workforce.

The health/medical home model of service delivery expands on traditional medical home models by building additional relationships and enhancing coordination and integration of medical and behavioral health care to better meet the needs of people with multiple chronic illnesses. The model aims to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes as well as the patient care experience, while reducing per-capita costs through more cost-effective care.

Efforts to transform primary care at the practice level have gained tremendous momentum and broad support from both the private and public sectors. The number of primary care clinicians who have redesigned their practices has grown, and millions of American families are benefiting through access to better-coordinated care, which leads to improved outcomes.

The summit
With support from a broad range of organizations, TMHI has created an outstanding program with offerings that will appeal to those who are considering transformation of their practices as well as those whose practices are at various stages of transformation to the new models.

Pre-summit offerings include:

  • Health/Medical Home 101: The Anatomy and Physiology of a Health/Medical Home
  • Health/Medical Home 201: Lessons From the Field
  • IT in the Health/Medical Home: You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

Plenary topics will include:

  • Care Coordination: A Function, Not a Person
  • Team-Based Care: Best Practices
  • Engaging Patients and Families: Best Practices
  • Information Technology: Health/Medical Home Essentials
  • TMHI Practices Present Their Experiences on the Journey to the Health/Medical Home
  • The Health/Medical Home: What the Evidence Tells Us
  • Health/Medical Home for Children and Young Adults with Special Health Care Needs

TMHI encourages all Texas health care stakeholders with an interest in improving the state’s health care system to attend and participate in this historic event.

For more information and to register, visit the summit website at www.texashealthhomesummit.org