"What to Expect" – Doctors Haughton and Ross on Recruiting Primary Care Physicians for Changing Healthcare Systems

Kevin Haughton, MD; Providence Health Systems; Olympia, Washington
Kevin Haughton, MD; Providence Health Systems; Olympia, Washington

One of the trends of recent years has been the evolution of primary care networks that are associated with hospital systems. In many communities, the networks have turned to persons experienced in the training of such physicians, particularly family medicine residency directors.

A plenary panel at the 22nd National Conference discussed the impact the impact of anticipated changes on hospital-centered systems in Los Angeles [See 22nd National Conference: How Will it Work? PPACA and the Community-based Teaching Hospital (Part 1, Flores)], Denver [See 22nd National Conference: How Will it Work? PPACA and the Community-based Teaching Hospital (Part 2, Cobb)] and Lansing, Michigan [See 22nd National Conference: How Will it Work? PPACA and the Community-based Teaching Hospital (Part 3, Smith).

Robert Ross, MD; Saint Charles Health System, Bend Oregon
Robert Ross, MD; Saint Charles Health System, Bend Oregon

Since that presentation in April, 2011, the pace of implimentation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [PPACA] has increased.

Two physicians, Kevin Haughton, MD and Robert Ross, MD, both with long experience as physician residency directors, have been engaged in developing primary care physician networks in the communities of Olympia, Washington and Bend, Oregon. They will discuss the kinds of issues that are of present concern in constructing such entities.

Dr Ross is a Senior Fellow and Dr Haughton is a Fellow of the Coastal Research Group.