Ed Murphy's got something going on down Virginia way. At first glance, his quest might seem quixotic, but he hopes Carilion Clinic (the former Carilion Health System) will soon be practicing medicine the same way as do some of the best-known, most trusted, and longest-tenured health centers in the world. Ed was on the cover of the June issue of HealthLeaders
magazine as an important source for me in writing about the resurgence of the model practiced until recently in isolation by such stalwarts as the Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic and other prestigious medical centers that exclusively employ physicians in a team-focused approach to healthcare. He's busy trying to convert a traditional health system to practicing medicine the old-fashioned way, before Medicare and the emergence of the third-party payment system.