6 myths keeping hospitals from adopting team care models

Hospitals and health systems can improve their patient care and physician satisfaction by adopting team-based care models, according to post from the American Medical Association.

However, getting to the team-based approach means hospital leaders may have to rethink common misconceptions. Below are six myths that hold back leaders from adopting team care:

1. Physician does it all. Organizations and physicians need to share patient care.

 2. Team has limited expertise. Care is often better when the work is divided accordingly to each member accordingly.

 3. Technology replaces people. Think of technology as supporting the physicians and nurses providing healthcare.

 4. It's in the EHR, so any physician will do. Team members have to remember that healthcare is founded on trusting. Patients trust the people they continue to see.

5. Regulations block teamwork. Adopt the mindset that if something is safe and helps patients, then teams should embrace the philosophy or rule.

6. Cutting staff is the right move. Reducing staff can cause added physician burnout and increase turnover rates. Instead, it's about having the right staffing ratio.

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