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For Top ACO or Team Care, Check Physician Egos at the Door



Accountable care organizations may be the next big thing in healthcare. But multidiscipline team approaches to care, their distant cousin, probably have more staying power.  For either to work well, physicians must leave their egos behind.



1 comments on "For Top ACO or Team Care, Check Physician Egos at the Door"
pete.kelley (3/25/2011 at 10:45 AM)

As they say, "There is no 'I' in 'Team'." I like the concept. No one in charge and no individual accountability. In the current system, as the attending surgeon, I am considered the 'captain of the ship' and bear full liability for the patient's outcome. During the course of a patient's care, I have to deal with several anesthesiologists, CRA's, circulating nurses, scrub tech's, radiologists, pathologists, and an army of nurses and 'patient care techs' as the shift-workers come and go. I am the only constant in the patient's course of care. I will be happy to check my ego at the door if I can also leave my liability there.