June 30, 2014The College will host a conference in July that focuses on the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and ways that physicians and other health care providers can incorporate this model of care into their medical practices. The conference, “Building the Patient-Centered Medical Home: Inspiration and Tools to Help Transform Your Practice,” will be held July 25-26 at Hotel Capstone on The University of Alabama campus. Among the keynote speakers is Paul Grundy, MD, MPH, director of Global Healthcare Transformation for IBM and founding president of the Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative. In his role at IBM, Grundy (known as the “Godfather of the PCMH) develops strategies to shift health-care delivery toward consumer-focused, primary-care based systems through the adoption of new philosophies, primary-care pilot programs, new incentive systems and the information technology required to implement such changes. The Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative works to advance an effective and efficient health-care system built on a foundation of primary care and the PCMH. “As a College, we are interested in not only transforming our own practice into this PCMH approach, but also helping to move the bar and further the transformation of medical care in our area,” says Richard Streiffer, MD, dean of the College. “That is part of our mission and that is really the motivation for the conference. It is a tool for us internally as well as at the community level to increase awareness, create dialogue and learn from experts with experience in this transformative process.” According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the PCMH is best described as a model of primary care delivery that is patient-centered, comprehensive, coordinated, accessible, and that focuses on quality and safety. The name PCMH can be confusing because in this case a medical home is not a place but rather a philosophy of providing care. All the attention to patients is not an extravagance. Heading off problems in the doctor’s office often keeps patients out of the emergency room or from being readmitted to the hospital, both costly forms of health care. The PCMH has also been shown to help patients manage chronic health conditions, which account for an estimated 75 percent of all U.S. health care spending. In addition to Grundy, other keynote speakers at the conference will include: Beverley Johnson, president and CEO of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Bethesda, Maryland; Melly Goodell, MD, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square in Baltimore, Maryland, a state that is three years into a PCMH pilot project; and Michael Canfield, MD, associate chief of staff of Ambulatory Care for the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System. CME, as well as CEUs for nursing and social work, will be provided at the conference. For more information, visit the conference website at http://cchs.ua.edu/pcmh.