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Seven Years in and Still Evolving: The ACA and Oncology Social Work: Where are We Now?

Heather Klusaritz, PhD, MSW

Thursday, May 18, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CDT

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About the Webinar

In light of the recent defeat of the GOP's "repeal and replace" efforts for the Affordable Care Act (aka "Obamacare") it is more important than ever that oncology social workers become experts about medical insurance. Speaker Paul Ryan said after the bill was pulled, "Obamacare is the law of the land. It is going to remain the law of the land until it is replaced." In order to effectively advocate and support clients in navigating the maze of public and private insurance programs, it is critical that oncology social workers develop not only a strong foundation in and comfort with medical insurance, but that they become the healthcare team member with Affordable Care Act expertise. In this webinar, we will explore the tenets of the legislation as written, the current state of enrollment and challenges to health insurance access in both the health care marketplace and Medicaid plans, and opportunities for social work interventions. Participants will take away a refreshed and renewed knowledge of the working on insurance, public policy and how to navigate our patients through these turbulent times. p>

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the objectives of the Triple Aim and identify examples of current health system initiatives to meet those objectives that are pertinent for social work practice.
  • Explain the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access to care, screening & preventive health services, and the financial burden of care for oncology patients.
  • Identify remaining barriers to care in the post ACA era, including state variability in Medicaid expansion, cost challenges with marketplace based plans, and health insurance navigation.
  • Describe how the political landscape surrounding the ACA relevant to the 2016 presidential election will impact health care delivery services.

Presenter

Heather Klusaritz PhD, MSW, is the Associate Director of the Center for Community and Population Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Director of Community Engagement for UPenn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives, core faculty in the MPH program, and a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Klusaritz is trained clinically as a medical social worker and been engaged in care delivery at University of Pennsylvania Health System for over 15 years. Her research focus is at the intersection between healthcare and policy, specifically access to health care for marginalized populations and the design of health systems to eliminate disparities in health access and outcomes. Current research endeavors include the development and testing of inter-professional training models for healthcare professionals in transitions in care to ensure a workforce adequately prepared to practice in the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) environment and the development and testing of an inter-professional intervention to reduce high-cost, high-utilization of the emergency department for patients with ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Dr. Klusaritz has significant teaching experience with MSW, MPH, and medical students as well as resident physician trainees in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health inequities, health policy, and social welfare policy. She works collaboratively with multiple community partners throughout West Philadelphia to improve the health of underserved communities and is the co-founder of a program that connects patients to critical social welfare benefits, helps navigate health system access, and engages in medical-legal advocacy.
 

Continuing Education Credits

Level - Intermediate
Participants will earn 1.5 CE credits upon successful completion of a quiz and a post-webinar evaluation.