Health Care Workforce for Older Americans: Promoting Team Care

When: October 7, 2008 (9:00 AM Eastern)

Topics Aging, Health Care Workforce, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Public Health, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: The Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans
Board: Board on Health Care Services

On October 7, 2008 the Institute of Medicine hosted a one-day symposium entitled, " The Health Care Workforce for Older Americans: Promoting Team Care." The symposium, held in Los Angeles, profiled innovative models of interdisciplinary team care, key implementation challenges, and efforts to promote further adoption.

Panel discussions featured innovative programs including Collaborative Care for Alzheimer's Disease, Guided Care, Virtually Integrated Practice, and the Green House model. The practical challenges involved in promoting collaboration and teamwork among a diverse set of health care providers - including leadership, communication, and conflict resolution - were discussed, along with solutions that are now being developed and implemented in various parts of the country. Panelists highlighted issues such as lack of workforce training for team care, as well as the obstacles presented by fee-for-service payment structures.

The symposium reflected on specific recommendations of the IOM's Committee on the Future Health Care Workforce for Older Americans which called for improving the delivery of care to older adults. The committee's report, Retooling for an Aging America: Building the Health Care Workforce, was released in April 2008.


7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Overview

David Reuben
Director, Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Director, Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
University of California, Los Angeles


9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Models of Team Care for Elders with Single or Multiple Chronic Diseases (Moderator: Joe Scherger)


IMPACT - Jurgen Unutzer
Chief of Psychiatry, University of Washington Medical Center
Director, IMPACT Coordinating Center


Collaborative Care for Alzheimer's Disease - Chris Callahan
Professor, Department of Medicine
Indiana Univeristy School of Medicine
Founding Director, Center for Aging Research


Guided Care - Chad Boult
Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director, Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care


9:45 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. 


 Richard Della Penna
National Clinical Elder Care Lead
Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Aging Network
Kaiser Permanente

William Chin
Medical Director
Healthcare Partners

Wells Shoemaker
Medical Director
California Association of Physicians Groups

Leonila Vega
Executive Director
Direct Care Alliance, Inc.

Renata Landres
Family Caregiver Advocate

10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Open Q & A

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.  

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Models of Team Care for the Functionally Impaired and Nursing Home Eligible (Moderator: Miriam Mobley-Smith) 


On Lok/PACE - Catherine Eng
Medical Director, On Lok
Senior Health Services Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, Division of Geriatrics 


Green House - Rosalie Kane
Professor of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Faculty Member, Center on Aging


Advanced Illness Management (AIM) - Penny Feldman
Vice President, Research and Evaluation Director
Center for Home Care Policy and Research
Visiting Nurse Service of New York


11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. 
Reactors: Same as above


11:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
Open Q & A

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Luncheon Address

Arnold Milstein
Medical Director, Pacific Business Group on Health
National Health Care Thought Leader, Mercer Health & Benefits


1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Essential Knowledge for Team Care Best Practice (Moderator: Terry Fulmer)


Martha Waite
Director, Interprofessional Team Training & Development Program
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System


Ron Stock
Medical Director, Gerontology Institute at Sacred Heart Medical Center
Peace Health Oregon Region


Steven Rothschild
Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Center
Principal Investigator, Virtual Integrated Practice


2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Open Q & A

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 
Team Care Barriers and Opportunities (Moderator: Susan Chapman)


Conflicts Over Appropriate Roles - Mary Foley
Associate Director, Center for Nursing Research & Innovation
University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing


Information Technology and Team Care in the VA System - Joanne Spetz
Associate Adjunct Professor, Community Health Systems
University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing


Bringing Patients on the Health Care Team - Paul Tang
Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine, Stanford University


Open Q & A

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reactions from Foundation and State Government: Next Steps in Promoting Team Care (Moderator: David Reuben) 


Chris Langston
Program Director, The John A. Hartford Foundation

Bruce Chernof
Chief Executive Officer, SCAN Foundation

Mary Ellen Kullman
Vice President, Archstone Foundation

Shirley Krohn
Senior Assembly Member, California Senior Legislature

Allison Ruff
Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care
Assemblywoman Patty Berg, Chair.  


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