Mercy Health Physicians' Randall Curnow, MD Joins Nation's Healthcare Leaders in Washington, DC, to Discuss How Best to Treat Patients with Chronic Conditions

(CINCINNATI; June X, 2014) – Mercy Health, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that Randall Curnow, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mercy Health Physicians, is part of a National Health Policy Forum panel of health experts discussing how best to care for patients with chronic conditions and the challenges in treating these patients.

The topic for discussion is Medicare’s proposed payment for non-face-to-face services involved in managing the care of people with multiple chronic conditions and other programs that focus on making it easier for primary and specialty physicians to work together to develop and implement patient care plans, communicating with each other and with the patient and family at each step. Panelists will review the rationale for these changes in policy and the challenges that come with implementation.

At Mercy Health Physicians, Dr. Curnow helps lead clinical integration initiatives such as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), Accountable Care (ACO) activities, quality improvement and physician leadership development. He is nationally active as current Chair of the National Committee for Quality Assurances’ (NCQA) Clinical Programs Committee as well as Chair of the NCQA’s 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards Committee.

Joining Dr. Curnow on the panel are the following health leaders:
• Andrew Bindman, MD, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Professor at the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco
• Margaret O’Kane, MHA, President of NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance)
• Karen Joynt, MD, MPH, Practicing Cardiologist and Instructor at the School of Public Health and Medical School at Harvard University

According to the National Health Policy Forum, coordination of medical care among providers and across settings offers clear benefits to patients, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions who are under the care of multiple clinicians. Purchasers of health care services have demonstrated a growing willingness to pay for activities related to care coordination. Team-based care coordination is one of the hallmarks of the patient-centered medical home, a practice model increasingly prevalent in both the public and private sectors.

The panel discussion takes place Friday, June 6, 2014 from 12:15-2 p.m. at the Reserve Officers Association, located in the Congressional Hall of Honor in Washington, DC.