Evaluating Care Models at Top Hospitals to Fit an Individual Patient
I have never been hospitalized so am a novice at choosing a hospital. That said, and especially as an out of state patient, how can a patient distinguish between top hospitals to identify which is best for his/her specific condition(s) … particularly insofar as the specific patient care model? (In a sense and by analogy to business terms, what are each top hospitals real, “competitive advantages”?) This is especially important in that I likely have a single chance to select a hospital and therefore must get it right. More specifically, I have systemic disorders that I’m told requires the “multispecialty, integrated, collaborative team” (MICT) approach offered by Mayo Clinic. The individual, “ad hoc” doctor approach has also not worked. How does this MICT approach actually work at Mayo and don’t all hospitals take this approach? (If so, how is it a true competitive advantage?) As to how the MICT approach works, does the team of specialists actually physically sit together and discuss the case? If so, are they trained well-enough to understand the other specialties? And wouldn’t it be more appropriate to directly admit the patient as an inpatient into a hospital so as to make a truly collaborative approach more effective? In practical terms, how can a “collaborative” approach even work if the patient is treated on an outpatient basis? Is it also a team of teams – in that is it a team of general internists who get together with a team of specialists (team of neurologists, hematologists, psychiatrists, etc) or simply a team of a singular internist, neurologist, hematologist, psychiatrist, etc? I want to say more on this but am quickly writing this now to get it started. Insights that even partially answer the (admittedly) many questions is appreciated. Hopefully, this can also be expanded upon. Thank you.