She worked very closely with him as he taught her his preferences and showed her how he edited every single patient note.This type of time commitment is necessary to successfully implement team-based care.

The nurses and/or MAs become more knowledgeable about the treatment plan, can more effectively coordinate care between visits and develop closer independent relationships with patients and their families.

An MA who works in a team-based care model said that it took her about two months to feel like she was really getting the hang of documenting patient visits for her physician.

Utilizing a physician-led, team-based care approach ensures everyone is aware of the patient’s important health information.

Practices will see increased efficiency and productivity as a result of implementing team-based care.

In the model, all members of the physician-led team play an integral role in providing patient care.

The physician (or in some circumstances a nurse practitioner or physician assistant) and a team of nurses and/or medical assistants (MAs) share responsibilities for better patient care.

Leveraging findings from the 2013 AMA/RAND Health study, “Factors affecting physician professional satisfaction and their implications for patient care, health systems and health policy,” and other research sources, the group developed a series of practice transformation strategies.

Each has the potential to reduce or eliminate inefficiency in broader office-based physician practices and improve health outcomes, increase operational productivity and reduce health care costs.

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to: This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of practicing physicians.

Team-based care involves the physician as the champion of the patient’s care team along with other practice staff members who share in patient-care responsibilities.

The result will be daily physician time saved and annual savings of implementing Estimated physician time Physician time spent on tasks that could be delegated includes standard tasks (e.g., medication reconciliation, closing health maintenance gaps, gathering lab tests and other data, printing and reviewing after visit summaries and coordinating patient referrals) and documenting the patient visit (e.g., visit note documentation, computerized order entry, electronic billing or ICD-10 determination).