Carman A. Ciervo, Jay H. Shubrook, Paul Grundy. Leveraging the Principles of Osteopathic Medicine to Improve Diabetes Outcomes Within a New Era of Health Care Reform. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2015;115(4_suppl):eS8–eS19. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2015.058.
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First introduced conceptually decades before the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has evolved as a foundational element within the larger health care system or medical neighborhood, highlighting a coordinated and comprehensive disease management approach centered on intensive primary care interventions. More recently, in the wake of health care reform, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have been established to help health plans, physicians, hospitals, home health care practitioners, and other health care providers better coordinate care through an incentive-based payment arrangement. Osteopathic medicine is poised to proactively capitalize on these emerging health care models, with the anticipated end result of improved quality of care and reduced health care costs. As such, osteopathic physicians involved in the prevention and care of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus need to identify models, best practices, and solutions to advance the medical neighborhood.
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