An ad hoc committee will organize a public workshop that will examine potential public health and medical preparedness implications resulting from changes to the health care system through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The committee will develop the workshop agenda, select and invite speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. The committee will specifically consider the extent to which provisions are being funded and implemented across the nation and the corresponding effect on desired outcomes. Topics to be addressed at the workshop will include the following:
- Discuss opportunities for integrating public health/emergency preparedness services into new delivery system models (accountable care organizations, integrated health systems and medical homes) and regional health care coalitions.
- Explore the potential impact the Public Health Sciences Track can have on public health and emergency preparedness workforce and professional expertise.
- Examine the potential impact of the implementation of provisions related to community health teams and alternate health care delivery systems.
- Consider opportunities to improve resiliency of communities provided by health care system changes and near universal coverage of individuals.
- Explore the potential effects of ACA provisions that can be leveraged for a sustainable workforce and the impact on preparedness levels within hospitals.