Evaluation of a Collaborative Care Model for Hospitalized Patients

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARYThe current lack of collaborative care is contributing to higher mortality rates and longer hospital stays in the United States.A method for improving collaboration among health professionals for patients with congestive heart failure, the Clinical Integration Model (CIM), was implemented.The CIM utilized a process tool called the CareGraph® to prioritize care for the interdisciplinary team.The CareGraph was used to focus communication and treatment strategies of health professionals on the patient rather than the discipline or specific task.Hospitals who used the collaborative model demonstrated shorter lengths of stay and cost per case.

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