By Donna Yee (November 19, 2007)
Hoff Gives Testimony on Primary Care Reform
Timothy J. Hoff, associate professor of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, gave testimony in front of the New York State Assembly Committee on Health on Oct. 29 at the Primary Care Reform in NYS hearing.
His testimony focused on the need to make primary care a more attractive career option for young doctors, and the implementation of a "medical home" model in a primary care system that is currently unable to support that model to the fullest form.
Hoff also presented a case for primary care reform in New York State that would include a multi-faceted strategy. He also discussed evaluating the implementation of a medical home concept as part of primary care reform. "Specifically, there is a need to evaluate the cost-benefit of paying for additional primary care-related services, especially in relation to how those additional services do or do not decrease expenditures in other parts of the system, particularly high-cost specialty care," said Hoff.
Hoff is an expert on the physician workforce, health care reform, health care quality, newborn screening, patient safety, and primary care. He is currently writing a book on primary care work and provided information on getting more medical students to pursue careers in primary care.