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Patient Centered Specialty Practice: Defining the Role of Specialists in Value-Based Healthcare

Lawrence Ward, MD MPH FACP; Rhea E. Powell, MD MPH; Michael L. Scharf, MD; Andrew Chapman, DO; Mani Kavuru, MD
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Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

Corresponding author: Lawrence Ward MD, MPH, FACP 833 Chestnut Street, Suite 701 Philadelphia, PA 19107.


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Chest. 2017. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.01.006
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Abstract

Healthcare is at a crossroads, under pressure to add value by improving patient experience and health outcomes and reducing costs to the system. Efforts to improve the care model in primary care, such as the patient-centered medical home, have enjoyed some success. Yet primary care accounts for only a small portion of total healthcare spending, and there is a need for policies and frameworks to support high quality, cost-efficient care in specialty practices of the “medical neighborhood”. The Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) model offers ambulatory-based specialty practices one such framework, supported by a formal recognition program through the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The key elements of the PCSP include processes to support timely access to referral requests, improved communication and coordination with patients and referring clinicians, reduced unnecessary and duplicative testing, and an emphasis on continuous measurement of quality, safety and performance improvement for a population of patients. Evidence to support the model remains limited, and estimates of net costs and value to practices are not fully understood. The PCSP model holds promise for promoting value-based healthcare in specialty practices. The continued development of appropriate incentives are required to ensure widespread adoption.


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