Physi­cian lead­er­ship key to team-based care suc­cess

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

In re­gards to the ar­ti­cle “AMA to Joint Com­mis­sion: We’re the head of the med­i­cal house­hold” (Mod­ern­Health­, June 10), it’s im­por­tant to note that this topic is much more far-reach­ing than just its im­pact on the med­i­cal home.

Many spe­cial­ties work closely with al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als and view them as in­te­gral mem­bers of their care teams. In anes­the­sia, we highly value the work done by anes­the­si­ol­o­gist as­sis­tants and nurse anes­thetists. Work­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion and di­rec­tion of physi­cians means al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als do more than just pro­vide nec­es­sary med­i­cal ser­vices. They help in­crease ac­cess to and qual­ity of care across the con­tin­uum.

The Joint Com­mis­sion, in its es­tab­lish­ment of the Pri­mary Care Med­i­cal Home, seemed to have for­got­ten the im­por­tance of that key el­e­ment— physi­cian lead­er­ship of the team. The med­i­cal home, the sur­gi­cal home and ev­ery ver­sion con­tain­ing a care team must have physi­cian lead­er­ship if we are to pro­vide top-qual­ity, state-ofthe-art care.

While the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act has changed much of how we deliver health­care, our chal­lenge still re­mains to pro­vide more, while main­tain­ing the high stan­dards the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion de­mands and our pa­tients ex­pect and de­serve.

Dr. Michael B. Si­mon Car­dio­tho­racic anes­the­sia North Amer­i­can Part­ners in Anes­the­sia Im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent, New York State So­ci­ety of Anes­the­si­ol­o­gists

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