David Dorr, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, participated in a White House roundtable on health care reform on August 10. Led by President Obama's Health Reform "Czar" Nancy-Ann DeParle, the group was called together to report on the potential of medical homes to enhance primary care delivery.
Dr. Dorr, pictured left, presented information to the group about the Care Management Plus (CMP) model. The CMP model embeds a care manager/coordinator with a redesigned Health IT/electronic medical records infrastructure to support care coordination. Led by Dr. Dorr, the CMP model was piloted over a six-year period at Intermountain Healthcare with 4,700 patients and 72 doctors at seven primary care clinics. The focus was a patient population of at-risk older adults with complex chronic illnesses.
The pilot demonstrated the role of CMP in increasing satisfaction and productivity of primary care staff, improving mortality rates, and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, especially re-hospitalizations. Currently, the model is being disseminated to 75 clinical teams across the country from OHSU. In addition to Dr. Dorr's presentation, the White House staff heard from representatives from state Medicaid plans, other health plans, integrated delivery systems and physician societies. You can read more about CMP in the January 2009 School of Medicine Dean's newsletter (click here).