Author: Ben Amirault
The healthcare landscape is changing, and forward-thinking hospitals should seek innovative and collaborative candidates to add to their care teams.
The AHA recently published a white paper that contains recommendations from a group of nine physicians and nurse leaders about how hospitals and healthcare systems should design primary care delivery strategies to meet demands of the changing healthcare industry.
Their recommendations included a new primary care workforce model called the Accountability-Based Primary Care Workforce Model. The model is truly patient-centric, calling for a shift away from the paternalistic relationship between patient and provider in favor of collaboration. A visual representation of the model places the patient and family at the hub of a wheel from which other healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers, connect. Each of the team members works within their individual scope of practice to educate and engage patients in their care.