Bravo to my adopted home-state for having the courage to boldly innovate health care at a time when most states are drastically slashing budgets and services. Baltimore’s NPR affiliate 88.1 WYPR’s Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast reports:
In a state with a shortage of primary care physicians, is it possible to reduce health care costs, improve the quality of care, and get primary care providers to spend more time with patients?
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown thinks so. Last year the General Assembly passed his Patient Centered Medical Home Program bill. This pilot project, which starts this month, provides financial incentives to primary care physicians willing to adopt a new model of care.
Today, Lt. Gov. Brown and Dr. Carol Reynolds, a physician who’s participating in the program, join Sheilah to explain how it works.
Audio for the interview will be posted soon. Maryland would do well to look at the culture change movement in long term care to learn how to successfully adopt patient-centered principles. It’s not enough to believe in the philosophy of person-centeredness; you need a framework in place that translate the philosophy into specific practices. The “culture change” movement has been proven a successful model for integrating person-centered practices into healthcare environments.