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Temple Physician Helps Advance Healthcare Reform Dialogue in the White House
As policymakers debate and discuss the future direction of healthcare reform, Temple General Internist and Professor of Medicine Mary Van Den Berg-Wolf, MD, FACP took advantage of the opportunity to be part of this important national dialogue.
As Chair of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, Pennsylvania Chapter, Dr. Van Den Berg-Wolf was invited to participate in a "White House Conversation on Care Coordination," at which Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Director Richard Gilfillan, MD; presidential advisors, and about 60 physicians from across the specialty spectrum met to discuss the changing healthcare system and how physicians and government can work together to forge innovative care-delivery models to promote healthcare quality.
"Participants discussed projects that put patients at the center of healthcare delivery – really getting patients what they need," says Dr. Van Den Berg-Wolf. "What patients need may not be another visit with the doctor – it may be mental healthcare at home, group classes in diabetes management, involvement with health coaches, or more exercise opportunities," she adds.
The conversation focused on CMS demonstration projects that replace reactive, acute care models with preventive, team-based models such as the Patient-Centered Medical Home. "Truly patient centered care requires a fundamental shift in the relationship between patients and their primary care physicians, who must help their patients to navigate a fragmented health care system by forging a much higher level of personalized care coordination and access," explains Dr. Van Den Berg-Wolf.
Date Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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