Effective primary care practices are essential for optimizing patient outcomes, lowering costs and caring for patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Moving toward a team-based model can seem like a daunting undertaking. The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at WSHA member Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute has developed the Primary Care Team Guide, with step-by-step direction for establishing this model.
Team-based care models typically consist of a core team that works together to share responsibility for specific groups of patients and maximizes the use of each team member’s unique skills and expertise. (Lisa Segerstrom)