Two is always better than one right? A group of people is able to come up with solutions faster, combine ideas, and bounce thoughts off of one another, leading to a more diverse, solidified results. According to a team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, primary doctors who work with a team using a coordinated approach “give patients recommended preventive screen and appropriate tests than physicians working in other settings.”

On Monday, June 2, 2014, the Annals of Internal Medicine published the research study (link is external), which compared physicians using the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model from physicians using non-PCHM approaches to patient care. Within the PCMH model, physicians utilize electronic health records as well as organizational changes in roles and responsibilities of clinicians and other staff members. It is an ethical approach to patient care as it centers on an ongoing and personal relationship not only between patient and doctor, but patient and entire care team.

Coordinated care allows physicians to work in tandem regarding a patient’s health. They are able to access an entire health system, including specialty practices, hospitals, home health-services, and much more. Electronic health records allows for this communication to be more easy, as it keeps patients informed and gives health care providers a resource for patient information.

For this 2014 study, researchers used claims from over 140,000 commercially insured people. The researchers discovered that physicians who use the PCMH model scored up to 9 points higher than physicians using non-PCMH models. The scoring was based on eye exams, lipid testing, breast cancer screening, and hemoglobin testing, for example.

At Arizona Priority Care, we are a unified team. All of our providers have access to each other’s practices and communicate often. We also have provided referral lists if a patient needs and special care or needs to be admitted into the hospital. For any of your primary care needs, always trust the providers of Arizona Priority Care! To read more about the Weill Cornell Medical College’s study, please visit http://weill.cornell.edu/news/pr/2014/06/study-finds-coordinated-approach-improves-quality-of-primary-care.html (link is external).

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