An Integrated Team
The team-based approach includes a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, behaviorists, and others taking collective responsibility for your care. With a focus on the patient, team members share information and work together to address and coordinate your care. You’ll get to know your provider and team members, and they will know you and understand your needs. You have a group of people working together every day with your optimal health in mind.
The team approach has made a big difference in improving health care. It’s easy to see why. Your primary care provider (PCP) working as part of a team is better able to coordinate appropriate, personalized care and help guide you through a complicated medical system to help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals.
Not only is it better care, it’s more cost effective. The members of your team make sure they’re all on the same page when it comes to your health. This helps eliminate repetitive procedures and improves your care.
Who’s on the Team and what are their roles?
- Medical Assistants: Assist in preparing for the visit with your provider, help coordinate follow-up, assist in answering questions
- Team Assistants: Schedule visits, provide appointment reminders
- RN Care Coordinators: Provide health education, assist you in managing complicated health conditions, complete risk assessments and screening for health conditions, follow-up on discharge from the hospital or emergency room
- Behaviorists: Assist you in identifying and working on emotional issues that may affect your health such as depression, anxiety, alcohol or drug use
- Pharmacists: Provide health education, assist in managing complicated health conditions, assist in finding safe and effective ways of dealing with chronic pain, help understand your medications
- Clinical Navigators: Assist you in setting and meeting your personal health and self-management goals, and assist you in identifying and connecting to community resources