Our modern healthcare system values procedures, tests, referrals, and prescriptions. Relative to these things, disease prevention and counseling about lifestyle modifications generate very little revenue. In most medical offices, clinicians are measured and rewarded based upon their ability to generate revenue – not on their ability to improve quality of life or health outcomes. It’s not surprising that when clinicians’ value to the organization relies upon revenue generation, these services are not valued or prioritized.
Over the past decade, more and more employers have come to understand that this model doesn’t benefit the primary players in the healthcare space.
It does nothing to improve the quality of life for the patients
it creates dissatisfaction among the healthcare team
it hurts the bottom line of the entire organization
The only ones that win in the current healthcare model are the big businesses that have managed to insert themselves between the patients and the clinicians.
Savvy employers, who pay the majority of healthcare costs, are leaning more and more into a different model – one that values preventive health and counseling above all else. To offset the exorbitant costs of healthcare, they are contracting with on-site/near-site clinics – where healthcare providers are not measured by the revenue they generate but by their ability to generate quality outcomes.
Clinicians, who went into the field of medicine because they wanted to help patients improve their quality of life, are clamoring to work within these clinics – to have the opportunity to practice medicine with the patient’s best intentions at the core of their practice.
Individuals benefit in multiple ways – from being able to access healthcare at work to avoiding costly copays to having access to clinicians that can take the time to focus on counseling and disease prevention.
Excess weight and/or a poor diet are responsible for over 80% of chronic diseases. Although clinicians want to help their patients suffering from these diseases, most simply don’t know how. Obesity medicine still isn’t being taught in medical schools and clinical training programs. Most physicians and nurse practitioners receive little to no training in nutrition. How can we expect them to effectively prevent and treat chronic disease when they haven’t been trained in the fields of science needed to treat them: Obesity Medicine and nutrition?
Prior to launching the program with employees, Health Partners MD spends a full day training the on-site/near-site healthcare team – providing them with the foundation of Obesity Medicine and giving them a framework by which to prevent and treat excess weight. Over the course of the year, the on-site team will be fully supported by the Health Partners team, with access to team members for consultations and optional monthly town hall zoom calls – a place where everyone can get questions answered and receive any pertinent clinical updates.