May 23, 2014

“Beyond the Doctor-Patient Visit” Workshop–June 27th at USC

Beyond the Doctor-Patient Visit: Diabetes Group Appointments (DGAs) and Other Strategies at HealthCare Partners” will be presented at USC on June 27th in collaboration with the Right Care Initiative’s University Best Practices series. Featured speakers will include Dr. Christine Castano, Medical Director, Utilization Management, HealthCare Partners Affiliates Medical Group, Dr. Cozzette Lyons, HCP Internist and DGA Physician Champion, and Ms. Aurora Galindo-Simental, HCP Promotora/Health Educator.

Presenters will discuss goals, benefits and challenges encountered in designing interventions aimed at diabetic patients outside of the traditional medical appointment; explore HealthCare Partners’ current and planned clinical interventions aimed at patients with diabetes; and describe specifics of the implementation, operational experience and clinical impact of DGAs at HCP. The presentation will be followed by a lively interactive roundtable discussion and is being offered in conjunction with the Center’s SCAN-sponsored Improving Healthcare for Older Adults project.

The workshop will be held from Noon to 2pm at the Center for Health Professions, USC Health Sciences Campus, 1540 Alcazar Avenue, Los Angeles, CA. Participants include a broad cross-section of health plan, medical group and community clinic leaders, researchers and clinicians. For more information or to RSVP contact Chad Vargas, Associate Director, Care Transitions and Special Projects, Health Services Advisory Group at 818.265-4688 or  

The Right Care Initiative has worked since 2007 to improve clinical outcomes by catalyzing uptake of patient-centered, evidence-based best practices among medical groups, clinics, and health plans. The public-private partnership includes California medical groups, clinics, health systems, health plans and patients; USC, University of California, Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center, Health Services Advisory Group (CMS QIO), the Chronic Care Coalition; RAND; and the CA Department of Managed Health Care, among many others. Through its University Based Practices (UBP) efforts in three metro areas, the Initiative and its partners work to improve critical metrics for heart attack, stroke and diabetes complications prevention. Every month speakers from organizations with breakthrough clinical quality success gather to share their strategies for improving patient outcomes. The Los Angeles area University Best Practices series launched in 2013.