Understanding Population-Based Health Care to Engage Physicians

Incredible, just writing this subject excites me. Partly since I have such a passion for joining along practitioners and patients for better health outcomes. Yet mostly because when we include a powerful mission that inspires real action that is located around population health management, I believe we can make some real progress in creating much healthier and happier lives. To me, that’s exciting because what it takes is us working together to implement something that activates patients for being participants in their health. And this, my dear heart-centered friends, is where you as a holistic and wellbeing practitioner enter the traditional health care scene with your subset of skills and heart-centered characteristics that can lead health health care teams toward new medical benchmarks never before experienced in a clinical setting up. Yes, that’s a strong statement but the one that I actually is convinced is not merely possible but necessary. click here

Thus how does one take on such a task? Just how can integrative practitioners not be viewed as a practical part of the medical care team but as a real contributor to the patients’ health outcome? 

We see population-based healthcare as a type of rock soup. If you bear in mind the original folktale, villagers are tricked out of their greed and dread and into sharing and enjoying life with their neighbors. All thanks to a soup that don’t even exist… until everyone, unsuspecting even to themselves, contribute their one and only ingredient; that only wouldn’t amount to much. If each of all of us is truly enthusiastic about distributing our mission in which most of us share the same outcome goals of better and happier people, then we need to be willing to participate as a team. We must be ready to see, not only how our own “ingredient” brings value but how every single person of the team brings value to the ultimate end result of restored health and happiness. We should move previous the “we against them” mentality that has affected our health care system. We can no much longer afford to find the split between social determinants of health and the physical manifestations of disease. The life-style medicine movements is already verifying the need to include what many holistic practitioners have reputed for decades, that individuals are not separate from their thoughts, feelings, morals, and habits which have an immediate impact on health outcomes. Were not so different and physicians are more open than ever to understanding all determinants of health.

Right now there are several things we must take into account first before put into effect on such a task and one of the biggest challenges We see from holistic and wellness practitioners is the willingness of talking and understand the same vocabulary as our clinical acquaintances. It would be like moving to an overseas country without knowing chinese. This most often happens because within our passion and excitement for giving watch to our mission, we tend to hyper give attention to the techniques of our modalities rather than on the intended health final result. Can you imagine a surgeon giving the details and methods of by using a scalpel to slice into our flesh? Ugh, who wants to hear that but another colleague? Almost all I wish to know is if I’ll improve and how! Not the details of the technique. Focus on the outcome that your modality offers which in turn is your objective!

The next thing is that we must step up and position yourself and our scope of practice so it’s aligned corectly within the standards of care for a certain disease state. For example, a high level00 certified or accredited masseuse and you have additional documentation in lymphedema treatment then you should give attention to chronic conditions that are known to cause lymphedema such as tumor treatments or diabetes among others. Obviously, your opportunity of practice must line-up with the chronic conditions in which you are certified. I’ll be speaking about in greater detail how to put your range of practice to build more robust relationships with physicians in future postings. However for now, it’s important to know not being clear how your scope of practice aligns with requirements of take care of a specific disease state, can be the reason for your difficulty in getting clinician referrals or collaborations.

Lastly, we need to get an obvious understanding of the “lay-of-the-land, inch of not only within the clinical health treatment setting but the new payment system that rewards doctors and hospitals for bettering the quality of care. Pay-for-Performance is a term for initiatives focused at bettering the quality, efficiency, and overall value of health care. These kinds of arrangements provide financial rewards to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers to carry out such improvements and achieve optimum outcomes for patients.

Pay-for-performance has become popular among policy makers and private and public payers, including Medicare and Medicaid. The Affordable Care Act increases the use of pay-for-performance approaches in Medicare particularly and encourages experimentation to spot designs and programs that are most effective. We see this as another possibility to expand your quest by demonstrating the best way to help increase quality measures, efficiency in care, diminish spaces in care, and provide value in optimal health outcomes.