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Multidisciplinary Sleep Centers: Strategies to Improve Care of Sleep Disorders Patients

http://dx.doi.org/10.5664/jcsm.3808

Anita Valanju Shelgikar, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.1; Jeffrey S. Durmer, M.D., Ph.D.2; Karen E. Joynt, M.D., M.P.H3; Eric J. Olson, M.D., F.A.A.S.M.4; Heidi Riney, M.D.2; Paul Valentine5
1Sleep Disorders Center, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; 2Fusion Health, Johns Creek, GA; 3Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA; 4Center for Sleep Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; 5KCP Advisory Group, Burlington, MA

Current emphasis on patient outcomes within sleep medicine, with a particular focus on quality improvement and contained costs, calls for sleep specialists to develop innovative models for long-term care and management of sleep disorders patients. Multidisciplinary sleep centers can facilitate highest-quality care that is timely and cost-effective. Effective resource use in a multidisciplinary sleep center can help minimize fragmentation of care, reduce effort duplication, and control costs. Proposed strategies to help achieve a balance between quality of care and cost-effectiveness include: (1) multidisciplinary specialty clinics, (2) optimized use of information technology, and (3) adoption of reliable performance measures.

Citation:

Shelgikar AV, Durmer JS, Joynt KE, Olson EJ, Riney H, Valentine P. Multidisciplinary sleep centers: strategies to improve care of sleep disorders patients. J Clin Sleep Med 2014;10(6):693-697.




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