Reshaping Today's Model of Healthcare Delivery: A Case for Care Coordination & Collaboration
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Shepherd Poverty Program
Health care reform
Primary health care
Accountable care organizations (Medical care)
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Yashna Naidu is a member of the Class of 2015 of Washington and Lee University.Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Within this paper, I present an argument for the expansion of coordinated healthcare programs, which provide the greatest potential for improvement in health outcomes for those who are currently receiving the worst care within our present system. Such programs help to carry out our societal obligation to protect the full range of exercisable opportunity and normal functioning for the most vulnerable within our society. Through a close examination of the strategic initiatives of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers that minimize inefficiencies within the present system and target coordinated care toward the worst off within our society, it has become clear that greatly improved health outcomes and lower overall costs are not mutually exclusive. This paper concludes with a recommendation for the expansion of such programs and highlights the benefits of utilizing accountable care organizations (ACOs) to help meet the growing health needs of our country’s population.