The Twenty-Second of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access will be held April 18 through 20, 2011 (concluding at noon on April 20th) at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. The theme of the conference is “How Will it Work?”. Information on the program and faculty may be found at: First Look at Program, Plenary Faculty for 22nd National Conference on Primary Health Care Access
For information on the series of National Conferences, see: The Background of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access.
Continuing medical education prescribed units will be awarded. (For the CME awards of each of the previous National Conferences, see: CME Prescribed Credits for National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access.)
When the National Conferences began in 1990, there appeared to be a consensus among its participants that if legislation was enacted to increase access to primary health care, rural and underserved areas and populations would be principal beneficiaries of the reform. That may yet prove to be the case, but many persons who strongly supported changes in national health care legislation have deep reservations about both the processes and the product of the United States Congress’ 2010 efforts.
Of course, enacting legislation at the federal level is only the first step in changing the way the health care system works. Not only do different sections of the comprehensive bill become operative at different times, almost every line of the legislation requires new regulations or revision of existing regulations.
Some (maybe much) of what the legislation requires will generate ongoing political debates, which often will be so divisive as to make the particular future policy stands of legislators and other policymakers (or even whom they may be) unpredictable at the present time.
Even so, there is much opportunity for constructive change, and those areas will be a central theme of the Twenty-Second National Conference.
Each of the National Conference sessions begins at 6:30 a.m. and is comprised of early morning breakout groups with assigned topics. (See an example of last year’s breakout session at 21st National Conference – Reports from Monday Breakout Sessions – April 12, 2010. Reports of succeeding days are found in the website’s April 2010 archives.)
All National Conference business ends at noon each day, permitting conferees to enjoy the surroundings of one of the world’s great destination areas for the remainder of that day with family or colleagues.
Information on the National Conference’s plenary sessions will be posted as they are announced.
For information on the Twenty-Second National Conference, which is invitational, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.