UMass Medical School practice transformation leader to chair patient-centered medical home summit

June 23, 2015

UMass Medical School practice transformation leader Judith Steinberg, MD, MPH, is chair of a World Congress summit focused on the strategic and operational challenges of building and managing a successful patient-centered medical home (PCMH) June 23 and 24 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The PCMH & Team-Based Care Summit will bring together providers from hospitals, health systems, and physician practices to share best practices on how to approach common challenges within care coordination, technology, and financial sustainability, all while providing high-quality care.

“While there are many benefits and incentives to adopting the patient-centered medical home model, there are also many challenges related to the strategic and operational aspects of implementing and managing PCMHs. Not only are providers concerned about meeting PCMH recognition standards but they are also focused on keeping the model sustainable,” said Dr. Steinberg, clinical associate professor at UMass Medical School and deputy chief medical officer of its Commonwealth Medicine division, where she leads a team that helps states, providers and organizations improve the way health care is delivered.

In addition to giving the welcome and opening remarks and facilitating the conference program each day of the two-day conference, Steinberg will moderate a roundtable discussion: Birds of a Feather. The attendees will break into four discussion groups based on the type of organization they represent to share experiences, challenges and opportunities encountered in their health care settings in an effort to develop solutions that can be directly applied in their setting. This roundtable will be held from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. June 23.

Jean Carlevale, RN, BSN, of Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Health Policy and Research, will give a presentation on the Sisyphean Challenge: Primary Care Payment Reform in Massachusetts, from 2:15 to 3 p.m. June 24. Carlevale serves as program lead of the Primary Care Payment Reform Initiative at MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program. MassHealth implemented the initiative in March 2014 to strengthen primary care and integrate behavioral health through alternative payment arrangements and the adoption of patient-centered medical homes that integrate behavioral health care. Carlevale will explain how the program was designed, the progress of the initiative and the lessons learned for payers and providers.

Other topics to be featured at the conference include a panel discussion on integrating behavioral health into team-based care to improve clinical outcomes; a case study on best practices for encouraging team collaboration; understanding the importance of behavioral health integration on patient outcomes; and understanding why health plans prefer the patient-centered medical home model.

A pre-summit workshop on building a foundation for care and engagement with the patient-centered medical home model will be held from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 23. The main summit will begin after the workshop, at 1 p.m.

The PCMH & Team-Based Care Summit was organized by World Congress. World Congress develops leading Health Care and Life Sciences meetings for senior-level executives in the hospital, health system, health plan, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, and diagnostics sectors. Each summit is based on extensive market research to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the industry and designed to maximize networking and learning objectives. To learn more about World Congress or to view a list of upcoming events, visit