The Institute of Medicine has released a summary of findings from its summit in February on integrative medicine and population health, urging changes to the healthcare payment system and pilot programs that focus on prevention and wellness.
IOM urges payment reforms, wellness efforts
“The cultural mindset of medicine is to respond to events of disease,” said Ralph Snyderman, chancellor emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine and IOM summit chair. “We know better, but we end up doing it anyway because of the way we are paid.”
Key to transforming the healthcare system from a disease-focused model is reforming the reimbursement system, and legislation is needed to turn that ship around, according to the IOM summary of findings. “We need legislation to remove the barriers,” Snyderman said.
Pilot projects focused on prevention and wellness are also required to refine strategies on integrative care and payment models. A national campaign to engage the public, political leaders and the private sector to make lifestyle changes to promote health is also critical to success, the IOM summit concluded.
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