The VHA’s number one strategic goal has been to provide veterans PPPDC. Hospitalists and hospitals have adopted—and will continue to adopt—practices that move toward this goal. PFCC is at its essence patient empowerment, and its primary benefits are enhancement of patient safety, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. PFCC is one innovation necessary to reach the “triple aim” all healthcare systems strive toward: better health, better care, better value.
Dr. Steinbach is chief of hospital medicine at the Atlanta VAMC and assistant professor of medicine in the division of hospital medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.