The delivery of healthcare is complicated, the business of healthcare even more so, and patients are directly affected by both. One way for physicians to play an active role in their patients' healthcare outside of the office or hospital is to participate in lobby days on Capitol Hill.
The 60 percent decline in the death rate from cardiovascular disease that has occurred since the 1950s is the result of the development of new drugs and devices, improved medical imaging and new treatment strategies. Challenges now lie in sustaining and improving these gains cost effectively.
Introduced in 1967 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) described the concept of designating a central location for archiving a childs medical record. In the mid 1990s, the PCMH concept re-emerged as a way to re-invigorate the role of primary care in the U.S. Currently, there are hopes it will reduce costs, improve access to care, enhance quality and re-establish the focus on patient-centered care.