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Dr. Tariq Butt, M.D.
Dr. Tariq Butt, M.D. Vice President of Health Affairs and founding member of Access Community Health Network (ACCESS), Chicago, IL Show Bio Hide Bio Dr. Tariq Butt is a founding member of Access Community Health Network (ACCESS). Since 1991, Dr. Butt has been on the frontlines of community-based health care delivery as a board-certified family physician. Committed to Improving the Health of Illinois Residents Dr. Butt has served as the Deputy Medical Officer at ACCESS since 2007. Under his leadership, more than 250 physicians and mid-level providers provide primary, preventive and specialty care to 200,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the metropolitan Chicago area. He has been instrumental in creating a family practice training residency program model at ACCESS that enhances patient care and promotes community engagement. Dr. Butt's commitment to quality health care in Illinois is evident by his leadership on influential health policy and physician committees, which includes being a member of the Public Health Committee for the Chicago Medical Society, delegate for the Chicago Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Society, and a member of the Government Affairs Committee for the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Butt also serves as Chair of the Medical Disciplinary Board and is a physician consultant to the Bureau of Medicaid Integrity. Strong Civic Leadership Dr. Butt is a truly active and engaged member of Chicago's civic and philanthropic communities, serving on several foundations including the Otho S.A. Sprague Foundation, Portes Foundation and Snow City Arts Foundation. In addition to his passion for health care, Dr. Butt is an education advocate and champion serving more than 20 years (1995-2011) on the Chicago Board of Education, and is a former director of the Illinois Association of School Boards (1996-2011). He continues to serve as a member of the Steering Committee on the Council of Urban Boards of Education. Teacher and Mentor Dr. Butt is known for mentoring hundreds of students throughout his 30-year medical career. From the Ukraine to Turkey to Pakistan, students from across the globe seek out Dr. Butt for his experience and perspective on community health. Currently, Dr. Butt serves as a preceptor for the Mount Sinai Family Medicine Residency Program - one of the first of its kind in the Midwest to be based in a community health center setting. He also holds teaching appointments at the University of Illinois Medical College, Rush University Medical School (Chicago) and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles). He is also the Senior Advisory Board Member of the School-Based Pediatric Asthma Research Committee. International Bridge Builder and People Connector Dr. Butt's strong ability to connect people and leverage resources have gained him international prestige as a global healthcare thought leader and visionary with a strong commitment to addressing health disparities. He has extensive experience building international partnerships to develop systems of care for medically underserved communities. Most recently, as part of the U.S. State Department medical exchange program, Dr. Butt studied the delivery of medical care in Turkey. Dr. Butt worked with Turkish physicians to implement World Health Organization (WHO) standard of care practices in the cities of Kiev and Leviv. He has also worked with government leaders and key officials across the globe to facilitate global health care collaborations and expand medical education best practices. Currently, Dr. Butt advises officials in Mexico City, Karachi, Dubai, Lahore and Kiev. His work has resulted in the development of a liver transplant center, improved oral health care practices, standardized H1N1 preparations and improved systems of care on a global level. Among his appointments are Chair of the Mexico City Health Committee, and advisor to the University of Southern California (Los Angeles) and the University of Illinois at Chicago on international health programs. A Voice in the Asian American Community He is the Founding Member of the Asian American Institute and Chair of the Chicago Lahore Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. Dr. Butt is often invited by government leaders and senior officials to represent the Asian American community on city, county and state Commissions. Other Acknowledgements Dr. Butt has received many prestigious awards including: The Loretta Lacey Advocacy (2003), for his work in child advocacy; The Horatio Alger Award (2002); was inducted into the Asian American Hall of Fame (2002); The American Heart Saver (2002); The American Heart Association (2002); The Chicago's 1997 Big Hearts for Young Heroes; and The 1995 Pan-Asian American Award.
Tariq Butt, M.D. :
Dr. Tariq Butt is a Board certified family physician and Deputy Medical Officer at Access Community Health Network. Dr. Butt has a strong commitment to community health care. He is currently Chair of the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board and a former member of the Chicago Board of Education.
Taking the tour in Mexico City last week was Dr. Tariq Butt, a family practice physician who said a number of patients treated at clinics operated by Access Community Health Network already are traveling to Mexico for some of their medical care.
In many cases, they have family there. "We are aware of other options in other countries, Mexico specifically," said Butt, deputy medical officer for Access, which operates more than 50 community health centers in Chicago and its suburbs.
Chicago's Access Community Health Network is one of many FQHCs enrolling the uninsured into Medicaid and other ACA-enabled health plans, panelist Tariq Butt, MD, said.
Often these community organizations help those who are least able to navigate the system. Dr. Butt is vice president of medical affairs and a founding member of Access. Because FQHCs have extensive experience managing care for minorities, the poor, and the uninsured, population health isn't a new concept for them, Dr. Butt said. FQHCs are used to high volumes of patients with chronic conditions, and Access links them to specialists within a large network. The organization has partnerships with local community hospitals and large academic centers. Population-based medicine extends into every area of the patient's life. Access helps resolve non-medical problems, such as writing a letter to get a patient's electricity turned back on, Dr. Butt noted. "You have to know the details of your patients' personal lives, which are socioeconomic in addition to medical," Dr. Butt said. To physicians who might shy away from working in a FQHC, Dr. Butt assures them that Access protects its doctors against lawsuits. "If a case ends up in federal court, it's very hard to see the physician personally because they are never named in a lawsuit," Dr. Butt explains. Malpractice insurance is covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act. "The FQHC sustains us," he concluded.
Chicagoâ€™s Access Community Health Network is one of many FQHCs enrolling the uninsured into Medicaid and other ACA-enabled health plans, panelist Tariq Butt, MD, said.
Often these community organizations help those who are least able to navigate the system. Dr. Butt is vice president of medical affairs and a founding member of Access. Because FQHCs have extensive experience managing care for minorities, the poor, and the uninsured, population health isnâ€™t a new concept for them, Dr. Butt said. FQHCs are used to high volumes of patients with chronic conditions, and Access links them to specialists within a large network. The organization has partnerships with local community hospitals and large academic centers. Population-based medicine extends into every area of the patientâ€™s life. Access helps resolve non-medical problems, such as writing a letter to get a patientâ€™s electricity turned back on, Dr. Butt noted. â€œYou have to know the details of your patientsâ€™ personal lives, which are socioeconomic in addition to medical,â€� Dr. Butt said. To physicians who might shy away from working in a FQHC, Dr. Butt assures them that Access protects its doctors against lawsuits. â€œIf a case ends up in federal court, itâ€™s very hard to see the physician personally because they are never named in a lawsuit,â€� Dr. Butt explains. Malpractice insurance is covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act. â€œThe FQHC sustains us,â€� he concluded. The group treats predominately low-income patients and provides community outreach, resident training and clinical research in many locations throughout its network. â€œWe treat about 40,000 uninsured patients every year in our health centers,â€� says Tariq Butt, MD, vice president of health affairs at ACCESS and one of the key drivers behind the groupâ€™s FQHC status. â€œThatâ€™s almost 10% of all patients in the Chicago area. When Dr. Butt joined ACCESS in 1989, it was not a FQHC. â€œBut even before we were a FQHC,â€� he notes, â€œwe never refused Medicaid and uninsured patients. We have always had a sliding scale of payment for the uninsured.â€� In October of 1991, ACCESS first qualified as a FQHC â€œlook-alike,â€� meaning the group provided services consistent with all statutory, regulatory, and policy requirements that apply to Health Center Program grantees, but did not receive funding under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. In 1995, ACCESS became fully FQHC-accredited. At first, says Dr. Butt, the group was very small. â€œBut then we hired physicians and executives; we partnered with local community hospitals and large academic centers, as well as developed regional health care delivery models so patients could receive quality health care within their own communities,â€� he says. â€œMany organizations partnered with ACCESS to run health centers more efficiently.â€� For example, ACCESSâ€™ diverse branchesâ€"such as research and academiaâ€"in addition to its health centers, offer a variety of options for funding. â€œPlus,â€� continues Dr. Butt, â€œwe are always reviewing our financial models and adding services.