The U.S. health care system is moving toward paying for value and outcomes rather than volume of services provided. If you work in a health care setting, IPP teams are critical to improving your patients’ experience and outcomes as well as lowering costs.
In most health care settings, one clinician providing the best care for their patient is not enough. Patients typically see health care professionals from a variety of specialties. This is where team-based care comes in. However, just working on a team doesn’t necessarily improve your patients’ outcomes. In fact, when medical professionals do not communicate effectively, they can produce more errors, duplicate assessments or other services, and drive up costs. The IPP framework provides an organized approach to care and helps medical teams work better together. Better teamwork means fewer errors, better use of resources, and better patient outcomes.
If audiologists and SLPs do not participate in IPP teams, you may not be able to advocate for the overall needs of your patients.
To learn more about IPP in health care, read about the benefits and see the following case studies.
After recovering from meningitis, a 72-year-old man continued to suffer from hearing loss and severe dizziness. Struggling with daily activities, he sought information from a team of professionals regarding a cochlear implant (CI) and help improving his daily life. After the implant surgery, the IPP team helped the man navigate life with the device and regain his balance.
In this case, a rehabilitation team developed a treatment plan for a 55-year-old man with memory and hearing loss, tinnitus, episodic vertigo, and headaches following a closed head injury. By working across specialties, the team created and executed a plan that helped resolve the dizziness and addressed his hearing and memory problems.
A team of professionals collaborated across specialties to help a 78-year-old woman after a stroke. The team was able to develop and implement a plan to help her increase participation in activities of daily living (ADLs) and improve her ability to communicate by using an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) board.