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Collaborative Care Throwdown

Posted By Jennifer Hodgson, Thursday, February 4, 2010
Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Have you ever watched Bobby Flay on the Food Network channel beat other chefs and cooks at their own specialty dishes? He always looks shocked when he wins but on the way to the challenge he is confident in his product. This is the exact same way that I see collaborative care models as they face off to an existing method of care. However, like Bobby, there are critical things one needs to appreciate about the context one is entering before proposing changes to it. For example:

  1. What are their signature services? What do they take the most pride in already?
  2. Who is most motivated for change within the system?
  3. What unique twists do you have on their service that would leave them interested and appreciative and not threatened?
  4. What kind of space issues do they already have? Space is not a deal breaker but how you provide your service in that space can be.
  5. What kind of training have you had in collaborative care that would make you the best match for that setting?
  6. What innovations in billing are you aware of that will sustain your position?

These are a few thoughts to get the juices flowing. What added ingredients do you need to bring to the table for a successful collaborative care throw down?

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