There is a national imperative to address simultaneously the per capita costs of health care, improve the health of populations, improve the patient’s experience of care (including quality, safety, and satisfaction) and improve the health care provider’s practice experience. One health care delivery transformation strategy is the development and implementation of patient-centered team-based care.
Patient-centered team-based care is finding its way into the primary care practice setting. This care strategy has found to improve the overall costs, patient and provider experience for those populations presenting with chronic disease. It also drives the need to move from a volume-based to value-based reimbursement strategy.
Patient-centered team-based care encourages patient engagement in the self-management of their chronic illness. The patient is supported by an interprofessional team of clinicians and assistive staff. The impact of patient-centered team-based care on patients presenting with hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and congestive heart failure as examples, demonstrate better care management outcomes.