The healthcare industry is in a time of transition. Advancements in research and technology are creating opportunities to establish new medical models that have the potential to deliver more efficient and personalized patient care. And yet, controversy and conflict seem to impede forward progress. In the United States, costs associated with patient care continue to rise while insurance companies warn that shrinking profit margins may lead to actions that could disrupt the lives of both patients and practitioners. In this video commentary, PLMI President Jeffrey Bland, PhD discusses some of his recent observations. He explains why new models for health care must be based on different principles than the fee-for-service methodology of past eras, and that the dialogue about the new system should support clinicians in their ability to assess complexity and build relationships with patients that result in quality care leading to improved health and vitality.
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