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The data is pretty clear that our healthcare system is not working. Costs are going up. Life expectancy is going down. Among patients, satisfaction is going down. And among medical professionals, burnout is going up.

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What do we do about it?

As horrific as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, it is bringing to bear what leaders and practitioners in health care already knew: our system has a glaring weakness in primary care delivery.

A new in-depth report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) provides a crucial roadmap to how we can learn from this moment to create and finance a system of care that will make us a healthier nation for generations to come.

The report highlights that high-quality primary care is the foundation of the health care system. It provides continuous, person-centered, relationship-based care that considers the needs and preferences of individuals, families, and communities.

"Without access to high-quality primary care, minor health problems can spiral into chronic disease, chronic disease management becomes difficult and uncoordinated, visits to emergency departments increase, preventive care lags, and health care spending soars to unsustainable levels."

After concluding their investigation, the Committee on Implementing High-Quality Primary Care proposed five implementation objectives to make high-quality primary care available for all people living in this country:

  1. Pay for primary care teams to care for people, not doctors to deliver services.
  2. Ensure that high-quality primary care is available to every individual and family in every community.
  3. Train primary care teams where people live and work.
  4. Design information technology that serves the patient, family, and the interprofessional care team.
  5. Ensure that high-quality primary care is implemented in the United States.

This is the first time in 25 years that the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, studied the current state of the primary care community and published an implementation plan. Samueli Foundation was proud to be a sponsor of the study. Read highlights from the report here.

Be well.

Dr. Wayne Jonas
Culture Check
The Time to Implement High-quality Primary Care Is Now

I have been practicing and researching primary care for 40 years, and I have seen firsthand how care can be advanced to create good health and wellbeing. This happens when patients are treated as a whole person with increased access to a team of providers—not just physicians.

An approach like this offers—and pays for—an interdisciplinary medical teams of doctors, nurses, health coaches, behavioral and mental health specialists, nutritionists, and others trained to educate, empower, and support patients to develop and maintain the healthy habits that prevent disease in the first place.

Patients are more proactive and engaged in their own health, rather than asking their doctors for the newest drug they saw advertised on TV.

The system integrates all forms of medicine including proven non-pharmacological treatments like yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and various mind-body practices with the best evidence-based pills and procedures and eliminated ineffective treatments so often pushed for commercial reasons.

Read blog post.

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Building the Confidence to Change a Habit

Have you or your patients fallen into unhealthy habits during the pandemic—both physical and mental? Are you drowning in screen time, isolation, or snacking? Have you been drinking more than usual and moving less? It can be easy to fall into bad habits, such as overeating or drinking too much alcohol, when dealing with the emotions that can accompany isolation: stress, anger, depression, anxiety, frustration or loneliness.

We developed this tool to help you easily identify bad habits, determine why you want to change them and envision a path forward—what does it look like to replace a bad habit with a good one? And how do we identify good habits from bad ones?

Use the tool to take back control of your life.

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