20th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access: Working Breakfast Topics

A scene at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
A scene at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Among the distinctive features of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access are the early morning assigned breakfast breakout groups. Each conference registrant participates in a group of five or six persons. Every group has a specific topic for discussion that relates to the subject matter of the day’s plenary sessions.

The following is the topic for all assigned breakfast breakout groups for Monday, April 6, 2009:

Question: The 1960s was the decade in which the last major efforts at comprehensive health care reform in the United States were enacted, The major initiatives in that decade addressed federal health care financing (Medicare and Medicaid), but complementary efforts were made to reform primary medical education and health care delivery.

If, indeed, we are in a new period in which national health care policy is substantially redirected to “cover” most or all of the nation’s population, should new reforms be enacted that not only address health care reimbursement, but medical education and health care delivery as well? If yes, in what way?

Background reading for breakfast discussions (hit the hyperlinked pages referenced below):

Annals of the 4th National Workshop: Background of Natl Project

(particularly, the presentation of Dr J. Jerry Rodos on the impact of Medicare and Medicaid on the existing health care system of the 1960s.)

See also the followup comments, referenced  below:

4th Natl Workshop Internet Dialogues: Zervanos, Elison, et al.

 

The following are the APRIL 6, 2009 assigned breakfast breakout groups:

Group A (Geyman, Lead; L. Burnett, Clover, Colwill, Scherger, Sundwall)

Group B (Babitz, Lead; Berg, Fowkes, Rodos, Weisbuch)

Group C (LeRoy, Lead; Bradshaw, Erickson, Rush-Kolodzey, Webster)

Group D (Freeman, Lead; Clasen, McCanne, Murray,  Wilke)

Group E (Flores, Lead; W. Burnett, Flinders, Frey, Galazka, Herman)

Group F (Kasovac, Lead; Eastman, Fort, Kimball, McClellan )

Group G (North, Lead; Fifield, Leff, Leong, McCahill, Raye)

Group H (Olsen, Lead; Boltri, Harper, Haughton,  Zollinger)

 

The following is the topic for all assigned breakfast breakout groups for Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (except Group A, the Coastal Research Group Executive Board meeting):

Background reading for breakfast discussions (hit the hyperlinked pages referenced below):

Discussion Points: Physician Residency Programs and Los Angeles County’s Safety Net


Question: The health care reforms of the 1960s (including the establishment of Medicare and Medicaid) were implemented with very little regard for established efforts at the local level to provide “safety net” services to its indigent populations. Are there efforts in your community that you regard as promising improvements in your local health care system’s services to the “underserved”? Would you wish to see such initiatives enhanced, rather than replaced, by any future federal reforms in health care? If so, how might legislation be written to assure the preservation of such community-specific efforts?

 

The following are the APRIL 7, 2009 assigned breakfast breakout groups:

Group A (LeRoy, Lead; Babitz, Flores, Ross, Wilke; W. Burnett)

Group B (Sundwall, Lead; Berg, Clover, Flinders, Frey, North)

Group C (Boltri, Lead; Fort, Freeman, Haughton, Leff)

Group D (Clasen, Lead; L. Burnett, Colwill, Galazka, Herman)

Group E (Eastman, Lead; Fifield, Harper, Kimball, Leong)

Group F (Fowkes, Lead; McCahill, McClellan, Murray, Norman)

Group G (McCanne, Lead; Erickson, Olsen, Webster, Weisbuch)

Group H (Zollinger, Lead; Bradshaw, Kasovac, Raye, Rodos, Rush-Kolodzey)

 

The following is the topic for all assigned breakfast breakout groups for Wednesday, April 8, 2009:

Question:  Would society benefit if a greater proportion of the population were in a “medical home” in which they received more comprehensive health care with greater continuity than is the case for a large proportion of Americans? Would not this be an even more substantial reform than legislation simply mandating universal coverage of all citizens? How might the “medical home” idea be advanced by health care reform proposals?

 

The following are the APRIL 8, 2009 assigned breakfast breakout groups:

Group A (W. Burnett, Lead; Broderick, Haughton, Murray, North)

Group B (Ross, Lead; Berg, Leff, McClellan, Raye)

Group C (Rodos, Lead; Boltri, L. Burnett, Eastman, Erickson, Frey)

Group D (Wilke, Lead; Fifield, Freeman, Leong, McCanne, Webster)

Group E (Clover, Lead; Clasen, Harper, Herman, Sundwall)

Group F (Olsen, Lead; Bradshaw, Kasovac, Kimball, McCahill)

Group G (Fowkes, Lead; LeRoy, Rush-Kolodzey, Weisbuch, Zollinger)

Group H (Babitz, Lead; Colwill, Flinders, Fort, Galazka)