At the risk of being redundant in my blog posts, I must write once again about the critical importance of person-centered care. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “The CMS strategy will be built on one main goal: Put Patients First.” At the ESRD Network 16 Quality Conference in October, Dr. Ann O’Hare outlined her approach to person-centered care based on her article in the American Journal of Kidney Disease titled Patient-Centered Care in Renal Medicine: Five Strategies to Meet the Challenge.
In the article, Dr. O’Hare refers to some basic areas where we should concentrate our focus. I have considered broadening the definition of patient-centered care to all persons inside and outside of the walls of our health care system:
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Person-centered care realized, in health care and in life.
I cannot end this post without a shoutout for everything I am grateful for during this season of giving thanks. Gratitude, as we have seen research prove time and time again, reduces stress and burnout. I am grateful for my staff and colleagues who make my work life meaningful; for the promise of a newly merged organization and the positive impact it will have in reimagining health care and for my friends and family including my newly married daughter and son-in-law who began their own journey in person-centered care as physicians in New York City this year. I am grateful and very proud.