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No Triple Aim without Collaborative, Integrated Care

Posted By Maribel Cifuentes, Larry A. Green, Thursday, July 31, 2014
It seems that everywhere you go people are talking about collaborative, integrated healthcare with new found urgency and enthusiasm these days. The many reforms occurring in our healthcare system since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act have raised national awareness about the need for behavioral health and primary care integration in order to realize the Triple Aim, and propelled us to action – lest we miss out on this singular opportunity to make collaborative healthcare the standard of care for every person in our country.
 

​But did you know that CFHA has been advocating for this model of care for the past 20 years? In 1994, the “Wingspread Conference” brought together the pioneers in collaborative family healthcare, which led to the creation of CFHA. The following year (1995), CFHA held its very first meeting in Washington DC at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. It’s a happy coincidence that this year’s CFHA conference will again take place in Washington, DC at the same historic hotel. In the past 20 years we’ve come far as an organization and as a community of members. While there are still many pressing issues that require our attention, it seems that the opportunity for the field to take the next quantum leap has arrived. At this year’s CFHA conference we have an incredible opportunity to “leap together” by bringing CFHA members and conference attendees together with policy makers, federal agencies, and national associations to join forces in advancing the adoption and sustainability of collaborative healthcare.

This year’s program has all the elements you’ve come to know and love from CFHA conferences While some may find this prospect very exciting, some may also be thinking “I’m not a policy wonk. What can I really expect to gain from this year’s conference?” We want to assure you that this year’s program has all the elements you’ve come to know and love from CFHA conferences, plus more!

We have lined up four outstanding plenary sessions that will explore the role of health policy and economics, mental health promotion and prevention, leadership for practice transformation, and implementation and evaluation in the context of collaborative family healthcare. Meet this year’s distinguished plenary speakers – you’re sure to love them.

Economics, Delivery System Reform, and Behavioral Health Integration: Don’t Be Left Behind
Richard G. Frank, PhD
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
US Department of Health and Human Services
 
 
Mental Health Promotion and Prevention in Primary Care: An Idea Whose Time Has Come
William R. Beardslee, MD
Gardner-Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

 
Transforming Primary Care Practices in Pursuit of the Triple Aim: How Great Leadership can Make or Break the Deal
Marci Nielsen, PhD, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

 
Implementation, Evaluation, and Getting to the Triple Aim
Russell Glasgow, MS, PhD
Visiting Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Director, Colorado Health Outcomes Program
University of Colorado School of Medicine

 
Deborah Cohen, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
 

On the first day of the conference, you will be able to take part in three terrific Preconference Workshops aimed at developing your skills and sending you home with practical tools for your day-to-day work. And did you know that this year there is a FREE Writing Workshop for students and early career professionals? You will learn from CFHA’s most expert and prolific writers in an interactive, hands-on setting. Sign up early, as space is limited.

You can expect to have many excellent concurrent sessions to choose from, organized around 7 content areas - (1) Focus on individuals and families, (2) Redesign of primary care services and structures, (3) Prevention and health promotion, (4) Sustainability and cost control, (5) System integration, (6) Education and training, and (7) Research and evaluation. And this year you will be able to download a convenient application that will allow you to view program details online through your mobile device. How cool is that?

Opportunities for networking and fun at the conference will abound. You can look forward to speed mentoring, dine-arounds, morning exercise offerings, and tours of the city.

Join us at this year’s CFHA Annual Conference, and come share your own ideas and innovative work while you learn with leaders in the field about the latest advancements and the most pressing issues necessary to bring about greater adoption and sustainability of a collaborative model of care. You are what makes CFHA great, and more than ever we need your voice, knowledge and passion to make this conference a success. Register now and don’t miss out on early bird registration fees, still available through September 15.
You can expect to have many excellent concurrent sessions to choose from 

Maribel Cifuentes, RN
Larry A. Green, MD
2014 CFHA Conference Chairs

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