Opinion VIEWPOINT An Important Role for Academic Health Centers It is an inescapable fact that the expectations for the sign includes team-based care and a focus on the inpa- Peter W. Dillon, MD, MSc delivery of high-value, safe, and effective patient care in tientsurgicalfloorastheIPU.Withtheimportanceofpro- Department of Surgery, the hospital setting have changed dramatically over the cess spanners and inclusive meetings as methods to Penn State Milton S. last few years, and nowhere is this evolution more evi- support collaborative care within an IPU, 2 structures Hershey Medical dent than in acute surgical care. The increasing number were established—daily collaborative care rounds (the Center, Penn State College of Medicine, of process and outcome measures, the growing impor- care team gathers in the patient’s room to discuss the Hershey. tance of patient satisfaction scores, and the evolving current plan of care, patient goals, and a discharge plan changesinreimbursementintensifythisemphasisonthe andtoanswerpatientandfamilyquestions)andaweekly Harold L. Paz, MD, MS total patient experience. Physicians must focus on value collaborative care forum (a venue in which all IPU care- Office of the Dean and for patients and can no longer see themselves as givers can openly and safely discuss issues and ideas re- CEO, Penn State Milton S.
JAMA Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: Oct 1, 2014
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