Patient Centered Care Has A Triple Aim

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In a day and age where everything is becoming mobile and consumer-driven, healthcare is no exception. Patients are now able to drive healthcare industry spending and have access to more health services. “A growing body of evidence suggests that the patient-centered medical home is an effective model to transform primary care and serve as a foundation for accountable care organizations, working together in integrated communities of care” (Harbrechet & Latts, 2015). Patient centered care could change the outdated medical models by focusing on patient-doctor relationships and what the patient deems important in their healthcare (Kahn, 2014). “Patient centered care has a triple aim: to improve individuals’ health; achieve improved population health; and reduce cost trends. A complementary goal was to improve satisfaction for patients and health care teams“ (Harbrechet & Latts, 2015). Early studies suggest that this type of care will also improve efficiency and lend us closer to the frontier of health production. The Patient Centered Health model is the fastest growing healthcare delivery system innovation (O’Kane, Barr, &Scholle, 2014). This is largely due to the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health coverage (Fifield, Forrest, Burleson, Martin-Peele, & Gillespie, 2013; Harbrechet & Latts, 2015). This paper will focus on how patient centered medicine impacts efficiency in healthcare.
The Affordable Care Act gives patients more choices in their health coverage options in

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