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    BUMED’s Religious Ministry Team Focuses on Value-Based Care during Annual Training



    Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Laura Myers 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    The Chaplains of Navy Medicine’s office held their annual inter-professional training seminar Sept. 20 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth – training that relates to spiritual wellness and how it fits into the overall care and health of service members and their families.
    This year’s training focused on the delivery of value-based care, a concept that is being implemented throughout Navy Medicine to improve the efficiency and quality of care for patients.
    The training was not only for chaplains, but also for doctors, nurses, Medical Services Corps officers and pastoral counselors. The Surgeon General, Vice Adm. C. Forrest Faison, and the Chief of Chaplains, Rear Adm. Margaret Grun Kibben, each spoke about the significance of healthcare providers within Navy Medicine providing value-based care.
    “As the Navy and Marine Corps are at the center of the nation’s security,” Faison said, “our role is important as this is a force that we have to keep healthy, a force that we have to keep on the job and focused on their mission, and you help do that every day. We are changing the way we do health care. The new model of value-based care is critical (to warfighter readiness).”
    According to Faison, the majority of Navy and Marine Corps forces are millennials and their expectations of health care and services are different than previous generations of service members. This new model of care is critical to keeping the forces healthy and on the job.
    “The old model of sick call, come to use when it’s convenient for us, really isn’t going to work,” Faison said. “We have to change our health care, otherwise our folks will go elsewhere to get their health care needs met, and we will lose visibility in the overall health of our force.”
    Another concept of value-based care is to help service members and their families understand all of their treatment options, which allows them to make more informed health care choices. Based on patient needs, these treatment options better incorporate spirituality into the delivery of health care.
    “The patients are going to get better care since their voice is heard more,” said Capt. Dale White the Chaplain of Navy Medicine. “Instead of a doctor saying I’ve diagnosed you and this is what I recommend we do, the patient now interacts more with their doctor about other options. The doctor gives them all options of care and they choose based on their own life, so the patient is more involved in the treatment process.”
    Value-based care is administered through clinics called integrated practice units, or IPUs, that gear the delivery of care toward a patient-centered system organized around what patients need.
    “The (staff in the) integrated practice units look at the patient’s chart and can schedule the patient’s appointments for the same day, where they can get care appointments completed back-to-back, which is more convenient for the patient,” White said. “Chaplains are tied in because the patient or a member of their family may need to talk to one, or talking to a chaplain may be recommended to a patient during their treatment.”
    Access to chaplains and pastoral care services will be readily available through this new model of care, rather than just when patients are admitted to the hospital or request pastoral care services on their own.
    Kibben said that from her own experience, that when the Navy intuitively leans toward value-base care, people thrive.
    “Institutionalizing this idea of value-based care is critical to the patient, the family and the Navy and Marine Corps team,” Kibben said. “By getting the full spectrum of care, you are not just looking at health care and health care processes, but you are looking at the whole person. We’ve discovered that when spirituality is incorporated into health care, it’s pretty much hand-in-glove. When the team includes spiritual care, then the individual feels like every element of their lives is being tended to and has the opportunity to heal.”



    Date Taken: 09.20.2017
    Date Posted: 09.28.2017 10:47
    Story ID: 249894
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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