Cardiologist-primary care partnership could pave way for better specialty coordination

An emerging project that aims to improve communication and care coordination between primary care providers and cardiologists could result not only in better care for our patients, but also more equitable primary care pay, Wanda Filer, M.D., president of the American Academy of Family Physicians wrote in a recent blog post. A policy paper in the works by representatives from the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American College of Physicians and others would map out how the patient-centered medical home could be used to improve care quality and lower costs for patients with cardiovascular disease. "This project, which is an initiative of the new Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, still has a long way to go. But the possibilities are intriguing, and if we can get it right, this could serve as a model for how primary care works with other subspecialties, as well," Filer wrote. Post