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Physician report calls for coordinated care

Physician Practice Advisor, March 1, 2006

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and Healthways, Inc., have released a report calling for a coordinated care system to improve patient outcomes and battle rising healthcare costs, according to a Healthways press release.

The report lists four essential elements involved in the ideal coordination of care:

  • Patients must become better informed and more active participants in their own care
  • Physicians and health support organizations need to improve the ways they work together and communicate with patients
  • Information technology and information management systems must be in place to make appropriate information available whenever patients access the healthcare system or when care decisions are being made
  • Patient care and provider reimbursement should be focused on and aligned with improved health outcomes

The report is based on discussions by more than 200 physicians, industry leaders, and disease management experts who participated in the 5th Annual Johns Hopkins/Healthways Disease Management Outcomes Summit last November.

Click here to read the press release.