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How can physicians help reduce costs due to healthcare reforms ethically?

Ruth Politi, MSN
Nursing
Physicians are part of a healthcare team that includes Advance Practice Nurses, Registered Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers and more. Interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, or working together, will help to reduce costs in an ethical and professional manner. By allowing other professionals to do more in the care of patients, costs may be reduced and the quality of care will be enhanced.
Joane Goodroe
Nursing
Physicians have the most important role in reducing costs in healthcare reform. They are the best choice to combine patient care with cost efficiency and assure that changes are good for patients. Costs can be decreased without harming patients. The good news is that there is a lot of waste in the health care system. Physicians have many different practice patterns for the same type of care and the majority of care delivered is associated with good outcomes. The next step is to utilize data to identify the waste of resources in the process and determine the best practice patterns. This is extra work for physicians, but they are the ones who have the knowledge to reduce costs while protecting patient care. If patients experience complications, costs will actually increase. Less complications means lower cost so improving quality will lower healthcare costs. Healthcare reform has the ability to improve patient care if done correctly.

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