Use of Team Care Programs to Increase Nationwide, According to Hospital TeamCare

Use of Team Care Programs to Increase Nationwide, According to Hospital TeamCare

Use of Team Care Programs to Increase Nationwide, According to Hospital TeamCare











A happy and satisfied patient receiving physician, nurse, and hospital collaborative care – TeamCare.

Pompano Beach, Fla. (PRWEB) January 10, 2011

According to Hospital TeamCare, a national outsourced physician services and staffing company, the use of Team Care programs is set to increase nationwide. A recent study, paired with healthcare reform legislation, will result in doctors and hospitals working together, in order to be paid for patient care services rendered.

The “New England Journal of Medicine” reported found that Team Care improves patient care outcomes. The Team Care approach would result in happier, healthier patients with improved clinical conditions, according to the recent study.

Researchers at the University of Washington Group Health Cooperative found that 214 patients with depression, poorly controlled diabetes, coronary artery disease or both, who were provided either a standard care or Team Care approach, by their physicians. The team involved doctors, nurses, and patients working together. Less depression, better control of blood sugar, improved blood pressure and improved quality of life, as a result of the team car, were seen in the care provided by the team care-focused physicians and staff.

Paralleling with President Obama’s healthcare reform initiatives, Hospital TeamCare states that the use of Team Care programs will increase nationwide. Healthcare reform legislation will cause insurance reimbursement to physicians and hospitals to be based upon patient cost, quality and outcomes. Thus physicians and hospitals will now have even greater shared goals and shared payments. Value-based purchasing concept, as it’s called (in health care reform), will require doctors, outsourced physicians and hospitals to all work together in cohesion for the patient – thus Team Care.

The Team Care concept was first described in the medical literature by E.S. Gurdjian in 1966, who recognized its importance in patient care. Since then, there have been multiple mentions of the importance of Team Care in the provision of patient care.

When it comes to the future, as with healthcare reform, hospitals and physicians will have to work together for shared patient care goals, says the team at Hospital TeamCare. These care teams will strive to attain beneficiary quality and satisfaction, which are both measures tied to provider payments.

Though it remains unclear how health care reform will affect both patients and providers, Hospital TeamCare states that one thing is for certain — there will be increased collaboration amongst providers, as the arithmetic seems clear: physicians, plus nurses and hospitals, equals patient care, which equals TeamCare.

The multi-disciplinary Team Care approach revolves around collaboration. Investigators have cited the necessity of physician and nurse extenders in completing the team of providers. Whether it is a routine family medicine clinic visit, orthopedic surgery or emergency department visit, quality and outcomes are improved with Team Care.

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3 Replies to “Use of Team Care Programs to Increase Nationwide, According to Hospital TeamCare”

  1. Thanks for the info, Kevin.

    Since the end of June I've gained weight by increasing my calorie intake. Bumped it up from 1600 cals a day, on average, to approximately 2100 to 2600. Started heavy lifting and reduced metcons to 2 a week. BF has increased. I know it's quite common to increase BF when eating more. Are you finding this too with your calorie increase? Like to limit the amount of BF increase, and again, understanding it's normal to increase it with calorie intake…although Mark Sisson claims you can the BF increase under control with what you eat. What's your take on this, if you don't mind sharing?

    Thanks!

  2. This protest appears to revolve around a huge gap in health care, where medicaid will pay for long term care in an institution, but not at home. Some states, such as Cali, have “waivers”, in this case for those disabled through brain trauma or illness, 24 hour care can be provided at home in lieu of long term care, but the waiting list is prohibitive. As Fredster states above, it is likely that 24 hr. home care may be a more economical alternative (although there is some debate here, as it includes intensive skilled care as well), but it is often far superior to institutionalization.

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