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Thomas Raskauskas, MD, CEO of St. Vincent's Health Partners in Bridgeport, Ct., knows education is key for prepping Connecticut doctors for impending changes under the Affordable Care Act.
St. Vincent's, a physician-hospital organization, recently developed a program with Fairfield County Medical Assn. that holds continuing medical education events every other month on the status of health system reform. “I have had physician groups and organizations that have been calling me to ask for instruction on what this means for them and their practice,” Dr. Raskauskas said.
Because the ACA involves goals of more patient-centeredness and better care coordination, he said his PHO issued a requirement that its primary care physicians obtain recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance to operate patient-centered medical homes. It also developed an educational series on care coordination and the transitions of care “so that our doctors better understand what their role is in each handoff,” he said.