Best Care Anywhere – Lessons Learned in the VA Health System and Opportunities for Growth
Kameron L. Matthews, MD, JD, FAAFP
Kameron Matthews, M.D., J.D., FAAFP, as Assistant Under Secretary for Health (AUSH) for Clinical Services, is the Chief Medical Officer of the Veterans Health Administration. She formerly served as the AUSH for Community Care where she was responsible for the community-based provider network that expanded Veteran access to care. Dr. Matthews is a board-certified family physician, advocate and policy maker with a career focused on underserved patient populations. She joined the VA in 2016 after multiple leadership roles in Chicago, Illinois in correctional medicine, federally qualified health centers, and managed care. As a passion outside of work, she co-directs the Tour for Diversity in Medicine, an initiative seeking to bring premedical enrichment activities to underrepresented minority high school and college students across the country.
Marion Henry, MD, MPH
Marion Henry, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, having recently moved there from the University of Arizona in Tucson. A former Commander in the US Navy, Dr Henry served as the Ship’s Surgeon on the aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson, the chief of Pediatric Surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Director for Surgical Services during Pacific Partnership 2015 on the USNS Mercy. Dr. Henry is very active nationally in Pediatric Surgery and in Surgical Advocacy as a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Collaborative, and she serves on the National Steering Committee for Gun Violence Prevention with Doctors for America. She is passionate about addressing the gun violence pandemic in the US through collaborative approaches at prevention, response and recovery while also addressing inequities in the health care system.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was in crisis. Long waits, lack of funding, heavy caseloads, and the whole process lacked transparency. While not perfect, the turnaround of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been transformative! Today’s VA demonstrates a completely integrated health care system driven by an information system motivated by patient outcomes rather than reimbursements, incentives to save money by avoiding unnecessary procedures, and the power of mass purchasing. Discover the lessons we can learn from the VA Health System and uncover what the VA has left to learn. You will also walk away with how to advocate and support your veteran and active duty patients from conflicts past and present.
Join us to explore the following:
1) Recognize and understand the key challenges to the VA healthcare system today
2) Learn how the VA has changed their approach in order to better address the healthcare needs of veterans
3) Understand the ways the VA system is meeting the rising mental health care needs of veterans
4) Understand how the VA system has improved to meet the needs of a more diverse veteran population including women and LGBTQ veterans