Forum Session

Coordinating Chronic Care: Will New Incentives Spur Primary Care-Specialist Collaboration?
June 6, 2014

Manager

Lisa Sprague, MBA

Summary

Coordination of medical care among providers and across settings offers clear benefit to patients, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions who are under the care of multiple clinicians. And purchasers of health care services have demonstrated a growing willingness to pay for activities related to care coordination. Team-based care coordination is one of the hallmarks of the patient-centered medical home, a practice model increasingly prevalent in both the public and private sectors. Medicare has proposed payment for non-face-to-face services involved in managing the care of people with multiple chronic conditions. Elsewhere, programs focus on making it easier for primary and specialty physicians to work together to develop and implement patient care plans, communicating with each other and with the patient and family at each step. This Forum session reviewed the rationale for these changes in policy, and the challenges that come with implementation.

Speakers

Andrew Bindman, MD (bio)
Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Professor
School of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
   Slides

Margaret O’Kane, MHA (bio)
President
NCQA (National Committee on Quality Assurance)
   Slides

Randall Curnow, MD, MBA (bio)
Vice President of Medical Affairs
Mercy Health Physicians (Cincinnati, Ohio)
   Slides

Karen Joynt, MD, MPH (bio)
Practicing Cardiologist
Instructor
School of Public Health and Medical School
Harvard University
   Slides

Related Materials

American College of Physicians, The Patient-Centered Medical Home Neighbor: The Interface of the Patient-Centered Medical Home with Specialty/Subspecialty Practices (2010)

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