|[March 05, 2013]
Aetna Foundation Awards $325,000 in Grants to Train Doctors for 21st-Century Health Care
HARTFORD, Conn. --(Business Wire)--
As part of its work to improve health care in the United States, the
Aetna Foundation has awarded two grants totaling $325,000 to help
doctors adapt to a rapidly changing health care system and growing
health care needs.
The funding focuses on training young doctors for the post-reform health
care landscape, which aims to improve the patient experience and
population health and to lower health care costs.
"Doctors need to be part of the solution to meet the health care needs
of different populations and rising rates of complex, chronic diseases,"
said Gillian Barclay, D.D.S., Dr.PH., vice president of the Aetna
Foundation's national grant making. "That means we need bold new
approaches to doctors' training to create a modern, high-performing
health care system that can provide high-quality care for everyone in
The Aetna Foundation has contributed $150,000 to the Institute of
Medicine of the National Academies (IOM) to support its study
of today's medical residency programs, or the graduate medical
education system (GME).
The IOM study is looking at the governance and financing of GME in the
U.S. The final report will recommend changes to medical residency
programs to better prepare young doctors for 21st-century
health care systems, which all increasingly focus on patient-centered
primary care, team medicine and health information technolog. The study
also is looking at ways to encourage more doctors to specialize in
primary care to meet the demands of an aging and ever more diverse U.S.
To conduct the study, IOM has appointed a 21-member committee with
expertise in health care systems, health economics, health professions
education, and financing and accreditation. The committee's final report
is expected in early 2014.
The Aetna Foundation also has awarded $175,000 to the Camden Coalition
of Healthcare Providers in New Jersey to establish a new fellowship
program to train primary care doctors in "hotspotting," a technique
borrowed from advancements in city policing.
In medicine, hotspotting analyzes hospital readmissions, emergency room
visits and other data to identify patients who use health care resources
at abnormally high rates. The fellows will learn how to use
sophisticated data analysis, coordinated care management and
interdisciplinary teamwork to improve care for these "superutilizers,"
people who typically have complex, chronic health conditions, lack a
primary care doctor and by default wind up back at the emergency
department again and again. The fellows will work with high-need,
high-cost patients in Camden, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden
cities in the country, where many residents rely on safety-net hospitals
for all their health care.
The Aetna Foundation funding will support four, two-year fellowships.
The Camden Coalition fellowship program is led by Jeffrey Brenner, M.D.,
who was catapulted to national attention in 2011 by a New
Yorker profile on his new approach to health care in poor, urban
areas. Partners in the fellowship program include the Family Medicine
Residency at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Pa., and Cooper
University Hospital in Camden.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and
philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna (NYSE: AET)
and the Aetna Foundation have contributed $412 million in grants and
sponsorships, including $18 million in 2011. As a national health
foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality
health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and
commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.6
million hours since 2003. Aetna's current giving is focused on
addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.;
promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and
advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
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