Healthcare IT News August 30, 2017
Bill Siwicki

With many specialists becoming de facto primary care physicians, experts say they should emulate payers’ pop health management techniques to control costs.

“It is often the specialist who sees the patient most frequently and takes the lead in coordinating overall care,” said Charles Saunders, MD, and CEO of Integra Connect.

Specialist physicians have a unique place in the care continuum. Although they traditionally have provided care with great focus, they are increasingly responsible for much more of the care delivered to individuals and as the industry shifts to a value-based care model they will have an even more important role to play.

That’s because specialists oversee the care of the sickest and most costly patients: those confronting chronic illness.


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