Blog, Commentary

Emerging health care models for innovators

Interesting blog post at KcvinMD.com about potential health care delivery models by James Maskell is founder, Functional Forum, a monthly networking event “for health professionals who are passionate about the evolution of medicine.” Here’s his lede:

As our medical system attempts to evolve to better deal with the modern epidemics of lifestyle-driven chronic disease, much time and attention is being placed on the clinical models for prevention. Rightly so, and various viable models are popping up with names like lifestyle medicine, preventative medicine, and functional medicine.

But one area that is hardly addressed is the payment structure and business model of the practices. Are there structures that optimize physician and patient behavior?

He includes some great ideas, but I have to admit, when people start talking about reducing costs  on “chronic diseases,” my mind replaces the phrase with “diabetes.”

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