How to Make Innovation a Primary Part of Primary Care
By David Doolittle


Primary care is part of the basic framework for keeping your community healthy.

But that doesn’t mean primary care should be basic.

On the contrary, as health care continues to evolve, practices should seek out innovative ways not only to treat patients but also to build a network of professionals and resources that promote a community’s overall well-being.

That’s why for the past six years, the Texas Primary Care Consortium has hosted an annual summit designed to increase knowledge of important topics in primary care transformation and to give participants an opportunity to meet, share experiences, and make connections.

The seventh-annual Texas Primary Care Consortium Annual Summit is right around the corner – June 20-21 – and there’s still time to be a part of it.

This year’s summit, at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, will feature more than 30 sessions organized into broad categories:

  • Population health;
  • Practice transformation and innovation;
  • Meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities;
  • The business of medicine; and
  • Expanding the clinic beyond its walls. 

The sessions offered include:

  • Patient-centered medical home: Return on investment for patients, practices, and systems;
  • Development of action-oriented social needs screening tools;
  • Achieving population health: The power of team-based care;
  • Tackling readmissions and ER frequent flyers for the primary care practice;
  • Succeeding in the Quality Payment Program: Know your history and choose your targets;
  • Integrating behavioral health into a primary care practice with a high-need population; and
  • Implementing e-consults to increase access to specialty care in rural Texas. 

The summit is the product of a collaboration between the Texas Medical Home Initiative and the Texas Health Institute. Other long-time collaborators are the Texas Medical Association, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Texas Pediatric Society, and the TMF Health Quality Institute. Additional partners are Texas A&M’s Rural Community Health Institute and the Texas Department of State Health Services. 

Find more information, including how to register, on the Texas Primary Care Consortium website. 

Last Updated On

June 12, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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