July 27, 2010 | Webinar

Through the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid will cover more than one quarter of the U.S. population. Health reform offers significant opportunities for Medicaid programs to drive improvements in care delivery at small primary care practices, which often serve a disproportionate number of low-income and diverse patients. A number of states are testing primary care transformation models that incorporate key elements of reform, such as medical homes and health information technology, yielding valuable early lessons.

This 90-minute webinar described the evolving model of primary care, as well as practice-based primary care transformation strategies underway in two states. Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer, a leading expert in primary care redesign, discussed the current crisis in primary care and highlight how Medicaid can support practice site improvements amid health care reform. Medicaid leaders from Oklahoma and Vermont described the goals, design, and implementation of their projects, which are testing quality improvement coaches, financial incentives, electronic health records (EHRs), registries, diabetes care management supports, Community Health Teams, and linkages with Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to facilitate meaningful use of EHRs.


Facing the Crisis of Adult Primary Care Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, MPH, University of California, San Francisco

Oklahoma Primary Care Pilot  Michael Herndon, DO, Medical Director, Oklahoma Health Care Authority 

Vermont’s Blueprint for Health  Susan W. Besio, PhD, Commissioner, Department of Vermont Health Access


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