Tufts Health Care Institute Mission and History, 1995-2016
Tufts Health Care Institute (THCI) was a not-for-profit educational organization established as a collaborative venture of Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) and Tufts Health Plan (THP). The Institute’s mission was to help physicians and other health care professionals – at all stages of their training and development – to be more comfortable and effective in a high-quality, cost-effective and patient-centered health care system.
In support of this mission, the Institute developed, implemented, and disseminated educational programs and activities that promoted the practice of high-quality, cost-effective, evidence-based, patient-centered care. THCI’s ultimate aim was to improve clinician performance, patient care and health outcomes through education.
THCI also worked with other client groups and organizations to help them develop educational strategies in support of their missions and goals. This work included planning, creating, delivering, and evaluating instructional resources and activities for partnering organizations.
THCI was founded in 1995 based on the vision of Morton Madoff, MD, MPH (then Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine) and Harris Berman, MD, FACP (then CEO of Tufts Health Plan, and subsequently Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine). They suggested that the two organizations sponsor a “Managed Care Education Center,” so that physicians and other health care professionals would be more comfortable and effective in the emerging managed care practice environment. Their insight led to engaging Rosalie Phillips, MPH, who had relevant experience in health care administration and planning in HMOs and teaching hospitals, to conduct a feasibility study to explore the need for, purpose, and likely success factors for such an educational enterprise. Based on the feasibility study, an advisory board comprised of Health Plan and Medical School leaders established Tufts Managed Care Institute, since renamed “Tufts Health Care Institute.” THCI was incorporated and launched operations in July 1995 with a three-year, $1.27M grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and a $2M grant from Tufts Health Plan.
The founders envisioned that THCI would provide education and training to learners and organizations both within the Tufts community and beyond.
Tufts University School of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine is an international leader in medical and population health education and advanced research. Tufts University School of Medicine emphasizes rigorous fundamentals in a dynamic learning environment to educate physicians, scientists, and public health professionals to become leaders in their fields. The School of Medicine is renowned for excellence in education in general medicine, the biomedical sciences, and public health, as well as for research at the cellular, molecular, and population health level. The School of Medicine is affiliated with six major teaching hospitals and more than 30 health care facilities. Tufts University School of Medicine undertakes research that is consistently rated among the highest in the nation for its effect on the advancement of medical and prevention science.
Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plan is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1979 and is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to its mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities it serves, Tufts Health Plan touches the lives of more than 1.1 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance.