Health Care Reform: How Will it Work? – The 22nd National Conference Revisits 2010's Landmark Legislation (April 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco)

Richard Clover, MD; Dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health

On Monday, April 18, 2011, the 22nd convening of the invitational National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Throughout the next three mornings, plenary sessions will be held to examine the impact of 2010’s health insurance reform legislation on the United States primary health care system.

An overview of PPACA, the health insurance reform legislation, and the processes by which plans for its implementation (and the parallel development of strategies to reopen the legislative process) will be presented by the morning’s first panel.

Doctor Richard Clover, Dean of the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, will lead the first panel’s discussion.

Later that morning, three dissenting voices will be raised by three physicians who discern fundamental flaws in the legislation,  and will argue, each with a separate approach, to change the direction of health care reform.

Doctors John Geyman, an author and emeritus professor of the University of Washington, whose critiques of PPACA have appeared on this website will lead off the first of three “thought provocateur” sessions on Monday morning. (For access to Doctor Geyman’s arguments  in opposition to PPACA, see: Activities of the Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Coastal Research Group: Dr John Geyman Leads Forces of Dissent Against PPACA (Chapter 1: Cost Containment).)

Doctor Jonathan Weisbuch, emeritus public health officer for Phoenix’ Maricopa County, Arizona, will propose the repeal of PPACA and Medi-Cal both, replacing them with a simpler expansion of the federal Medicare program.

Doctor John Zweifler, whose article on the subject of health care reform has recently been published by the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved will provide additional reasons to repeal PPACA.

Later in the morning, Dr Joshua Freeman, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Kansas University Medical Center will present the Twenty-First G. Gayle Stephens Lecture.

The day will conclude by presentation of specific issues in primary health care by Doctor John Boltri of Mercer University and Tim Henderson, MPH of George Mason University.

Scheduled to open the second conference day, Tuesday, April 19, 2011, is a plenary panel entitled “How Will it Work? – PPACA, the Physician Workforce and Medical Education”, which will include Doctors Norman Kahn of the Council of Medical Specialties, Perry A. Pugno of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Thomas Hansen of Creighton University (See 22nd National Conference: Doctors Norman Kahn, Perry A. Pugno and Thomas Hansen to Discuss Physician Workforce in Era of Health Insurance Reform.)

A second plenary panel whose subject is “PPACA and the Community-Based Teaching Hospital will be comprised of Doctors Hector Flores of White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles, Sandral Hullett of Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, and Stephen Cobb, of Exempla Health Systems’ Saint Joseph Health Center in Denver.

The National Conference’s fourth Thought Provocateur will be Kevin Haughton, MD of Providence Health Systems of Olympia, Washington. His talk is “How Might it Work? – The Career of the Primary Care Physician in the Age of Health Care Reform”.

A less controversial section of 2010’s health insurance reform leglslation is the support and funding for the “teaching health center”. A panel entitled “How Will it Work? – A New Era for the Teaching Health Center” will be comprised of Doctors Peter Broderick of Valley Family Medicine Residency of Modesto (California) and Marianne McKennett, Scripps Chula Vista (California); and Kiki Nocella, Ph.D., the CEO of Believe Healh LLC (Valencia, California).

Doctor Michael Prislin, Associate Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, will present the 17th J. Jerry Rodos Lecture.

The third day, Wednesday, April 20, 2011, will continue to explore the themes of community-based medical education and primary health care, with a progress report on the Oklahoma University’s innovative medical school campus in Tulsa. A panel entitled “Decentralizing to Where – Issues in and Technical tools for defining Underserved Communities” will be comprised by Marc E. Babitz, MD of the Utah Department of Public Health, Scott Christman of the California Department of Health Services, and William H. Burnett of the Coastal Research Group.

Virginia Fowkes of Stanford University and Doctor Thomas C. Hines of Boston Medical College will lead a discussion entitled “Partnerships in Decentralizing Medical Education: Past Experience and Future Strategies”. It will be followed by a plenary roundtable entitled “Decentralizing Medical Eduation to Promote Primary Health Care Access”, which will include Doctor James Herman of the Penn State University/Milton Hershey School of Medicine.

Doctor Charles North of the University of New Mexico will present the 18th Charles E. Odegaard Lecture.

In the final “Thought Provocateur” session of the National Conference Doctor J. Jerry Rodos will present his observations on health care reform attempts from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

The plenary sessions will be concluded by a summary of themes by Doctor Jay W. Lee of the Memorial Hospital Medical Center of Long Beach, California.

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