Payment Methods Key to Healthcare Team Success
How we pay physicians and other members of a health care team is one of the biggest barriers to interdisciplinary primary care.
More than half of 162 administrators and care providers surveyed in our report, Getting the Most out of Health Care Teams: Recommendations for Action, believed funding models were a very significant barrier to effective interdisciplinary collaboration in primary care. Financial incentives were the second most important barrier according to the same survey.
When funding flows through a sole provider on the team, predominately through the physician in physician-led IPC teams, there may be limited financial incentives to share service provision or decision-making with other team members. Further, fee-for-service provider payments can discourage care providers to take time to participate in team meetings, discuss patient care plans, and/or participate in continuing interprofessional education and training. These activities are important in improving interprofessional collaboration and care.
Alternative funding models are required to better support team care, such as population-based funding (funding regions based on population needs) and/or team-based funding in lieu of provider-based funding. Read the full blog