New ACP center proposes partnership to patients

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In the spirit of bringing patients, families and patient-centric organizations into the healthcare engagement loop, the American College of Physicians (ACP) announced the launch of its new Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH) on August 8.

The enterprise aims to design patient-centered care delivery models with both provider and patient perspectives in mind as well as further develop patient education efforts and programs.

“To promote and practice truly patient-centered care, we as a physician organization have to work closely with patient partners, hearing their voice and assuring that care is focused on patients’ needs and preferences,” said Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, ACP’s executive vice president and CEO, in a prepared statement. “We envision the CPPH as the vehicle to move patient care in that direction.”

An Advisory Board for Patient Partnership in Healthcare — chaired by Phyllis Guze, MD, MACP, immediate past chair of ACP’s Board of Regents — will helm the endeavor and, in addition to Guze, be comprised of two representatives from patient organizations, a nurse, a physician assistant, and several physicians.

“By bringing together physicians, patients and other healthcare professionals, the CPPH will develop programs and offer resources targeted to both the macro level of care delivery and the micro level of the individual patient-physician interaction,” Guze noted in a news release.

The CPPH director-to-be, Wendy Nickel, PhD, will focus on tailoring quality of care to match patient expectation, a task made less daunting by her extensive experience in various healthcare venues. Before joining the ACP, Nickel led the Center for Hospital Innovation and Improvement at the Society of Hospital Medicine and held similar positions at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Albert Einstein Network.

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