Ultimately, Dr. Huddleston says, these relationships should be built around putting the patient and the patient’s needs first, and patients don’t fit into neat boxes.
“Sometimes it’s comanagement, sometimes it’s just consultation. Each situation is discussed at the patient level,” she says. “As programs mature, all of these approaches can coexist. That’s where the service agreements become absolutely crucial, and they have to evolve as practice evolves. If you’re really basing it on patient need, you’ll probably end up with a hybrid of models.” TH
Larry Beresford is a freelance writer based in Oakland, Calif.
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