24th National Conference Senior Faculty to Focus on Impact of Accountable Care Act on American Health Care (Freeman, Sundwall)

Last Updated on April 16, 2022 by Lee Burnett, DO, FAAFP

Since the 23rd National Conference in Carlsbad, the Patient Protection and Accoutable Care Act (PPACA) has survived challenges at the United States Supreme Court and the presidential election.

At the 24th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access, to be held April 8th through 11th, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i, the Senior Fellows of the National Conferences on Primary Health Care Access will continue to monitor and assess the impact of the transformative act on primary health care in  America.

Among the announced faculty are several Senior Fellows of the National Conferences, who will lead panel discussions of aspects of the law.

A Review of PPACA’s Past Year

Joshua Freeman, MD; Kansas University Medical Center

The National Conference’s leadoff will again by led by Dr Joshua Freeman, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City.

The panel will review the relevant landmark events of 2012 – the court decision, the election in which PPACA was among the isues of the campaign, the steps taken to implement the act – and discuss some of the relevant issues of 2013.

Dr Freeman, who speaks eloquently on issues of social justice, recently presented one of the National Conferences’ named lectures [See Proceedings of the 22nd National Conference: The 21st G. Gayle Stephens Lecture: Dr Joshua Freeman.]


The Role of Medicaid

David N. Sundwall, MD, MPH, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

The National Conference Faculty will also include Dr David Sundwall, who held the post of Director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.

Dr Sundwall, currently a member of a national commission on the future of Medicaid, will discuss the impact of PPACA and its implementation on that massive governmental program.

[See the January 2010 interview with Dr Sundwall at  Healthcare Reform: What can we really expect? – An Interview with David N. Sundwall, MD, MPH conducted before the passage of PPACA.

See also Activities of the Fellows and Senior Fellows of the Coastal Research Group: Dr David Sundwall is Vice Chair of Federal Panel on Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access.]

A list of complete National Conference faculty, as currently announced, may be accessed at The 24th National Conference on Primary Health Care Access at the Grand Hyatt Kaua’i April 7-11, 2013.

For more information on the National Conference, and the invitational process, contact: [email protected].



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