More health reform terms to clarify in your newsletter

May 16th, 2012 by worddrive Leave a reply »

Writing about coordinating the full range of a patient’s health care? Will your readers know that’s what you mean if you say “clinical integration”? Will they know that you want to get organized so that everything from regular checkups to hospital releases to home care for chronic illness is recorded and managed by the same, informed group? If you insist on using “clinical integration” be sure you start by explaining what you mean.

Here, for example, is what the AHA says: “Clinical integration is needed to facilitate the coordination of patient care across conditions, providers, settings, and time in order to achieve care that is safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable, and patient-focused. ”

And, if you are already really good at clinical integration, be sure to emphasize this to your readers. Because you are way ahead of the pack!

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