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Health care, even for the border folk, is the talk of the town in DC

From the office of U.S. Rep, Silvestre Reyes, and taking place at a time when people are streaming in and out of Washington, D.c. to lobby on health care reform:

4TH ANNUAL BORDER HEALTH CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 4th Annual Border Health Conference will be held tomorrow, June 24, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the South Congressional Meeting Room in the Capitol Visitor’s Center. The conference will address issues such as the recruitment and retention of health care professionals; public health issues unique to the Southwest Border; and the future of medicine along the border as Congress debates health care reform. Congressman Silvestre Reyes will participate in the conference. For a complete list of participants and panelists, please see the final agenda below.

WHAT – 4th Annual Border Health Conference
WHO – Border Health Caucus of the Texas Medical Association and several Members of Congress
WHEN – Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE – South Congressional Meeting Room, Capitol Visitor’s Center
WHY – The conference will address issues such as the recruitment and retention of health care professionals; public health issues unique to the Southwest Border; and the future of medicine along the border as Washington debates health care reform.

Agenda for 4th Annual Border Health Conference

Tuesday, June 23, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Reception
Room: South Congressional Meeting Room, CVC

Wednesday, June 24, 2009
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Room: South Congressional Meeting Room, CVC

South Congressional Meeting Room, Capitol Visitors Center

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome
• Dr. Manny Acosta, Chairman of the Border Health Caucus, TMA Chair
• Congressman Silvestre Reyes (TX)
• Congressional co-chairs who wish to give opening remarks

9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Keynote Remarks: Implications of health care reform for the U.S.-Mexico border
• 9:30 – 9:45 Dr. Tom Morris, Associate Administrator – Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA
• 9:45 – 10:00 Congressman Xavier Becerra, Democratic Caucus Vice Chair and Member of Health Subcommittee on Ways and Means

10:00 – 11:15 a.m. Panel 1 – Public Health Issues along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Moderator: Dr. Manny Acosta, Chairman of the Border Health Caucus, TMA
• Congressman Silvestre Reyes
• Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
• Dr. Joe Luna, border physician, TMA – FQHC, Health Care Heroes
• Dr. Antonio Falcon, TX Commission Member of the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission
• Dr. John Nava, Public Health Official in Bexar Co./San Antonio, TX
• Dr. Jay McAuliffe, Medical Officer – Coordinating Office on Global Health, CDC
• Mr. Frank Cantu, Field Director for Border Health – Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA

11:30 – 12:45 p.m. Panel 2 – The Impact of Health Professional Workforce Shortages on Primary Care along the Border
Moderator: Dr. Luis Urrea, border physician, TMA
• Congressman Solomon Ortiz
• Congressman Gene Green
• Dr. Linda Villarreal, border physician, TMA
• Ms. Judy Canales, Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Service, USDA
• Dr. Tom Morris, Associate Administrator – Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA
• Dr. Elena Rios, President, National Hispanic Medical Association

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Panel 3 – Physician Retention Rates and Implications for Health Care along the Border
Moderator: Dr. Linda Villarreal, border physician, TMA
• Congressman Henry Cuellar
• Dr. Luis Benavides, border physician, TMA
• Ms. Amy Elizondo, Program services vice president, National Rural Health Association
• Dr. William Rogers, Director – Medical Officer and Physicians Regulatory Issues Team, CMS
• Dr. James Rohack, President, American Medical Association

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Closing remarks
• Dr. Manny Acosta, Chairman of the Border Health Caucus, TMA
• Congressional co-chairs who wish to give closing remarks
6-7 panelists per panel – approx. 10 minutes per panelist
15 minutes Q&A at end of each panel

** Box lunches will be available outside of the conference room starting at 11:15 a.m. **

Discussion topics within panels

Panel 1 – Border region public health issues
• Pandemic preparedness
• Chronic disease and access to care
• Communicable diseases and prevention/public education challenges
• Other public health concerns along the border

Panel 2 – Health care workforce shortage and impact on primary care along the border
• Recruitment issues
• Graduate medical education
• HPSA designations
• Shortage of primary care physicians

Panel 3 – Physician retention and implications for the border
• Physician payment – SGR reform
• Medical liability reform can be touched on
• Other problems that lead to poor retention rate

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June 24, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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