Tuesday, November 12, 2013

There's been lots of press surrounding the new healthcare legislation;  primarily how difficult it has been to access the website and how folks who thought their plans wouldn't change are now faced with having to switch to a more expensive option.  Change is never easy but I strongly believe that this whole debacle could have been avoided if communication would have been more transparent, honest and succinct and greater preparation and thought was put into the actual execution of the website.   This ordeal has been both frustrating and painful to watch as I believe, while not perfect, the legislation moves us in the right direction - with a focus on primary care and wellness.  Time will tell how this will all works out - or not - but I believe we at Salus are well-positioned to help influence the discussion and help to lead the way for how integrated care with a primary care focus should work.  I recently published an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer (http://www.philly.com/philly/health/healthcare-exchange/Salute_to_military_medicine_as_key_to_improving_US_healthcare.html) that describes how the Patient Centered Medical Home model has been successfully employed in the Military Health System and should be leveraged more in the civilian sector.  Our programs and clinical facilities at Salus lend themselves to this model.  I'm hoping to partner with one of our local universities to bring primary care to The Eye Institute so we can further validate this model as a national norm.   I will keep you all posted.......

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