Table of contents


Introduction & Executive Summary


Vision of a better future

Executive summary

Defining the Problem

The Current Situation -- Answers the questions: What is the healthcare crisis? What's the problem with healthcare today?

The Knowledge Gap -- Explains why the healthcare community is drowning in oceans of information, yet doesn't know the best ways to prevent health problems and treat them cost-effectively.

Examining Three Proposed Solutions

Three Potential Solutions: Use with Caution!

Discusses the pros and cons of three possible solutions to the healthcare crisis currently being discussed: (1) High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Accounts, (2) Disease Management with Pay for Performance, and (3) Rationing.

Introducing a New Solution

This section presents the unique, multi-faceted, Wellness-Plus Solution™.{1} It is based on the Patient Lifecycle Wellness™ model and Quality though Knowledge™ strategy. The Wellness-Plus Solution solution helps overcomes the shortcomings of all other proposed solutions, and presents a wise strategy for ever-increasing and sustainable improvements throughout the healthcare system.

Overview and Benefits

Wellness-Plus Solution Tactics

This part discusses the solution's 20 tactics:

  • Tactic - Collaborate
    • Regional Health Information Organizations
    • Practitioner-Researcher Networks and Other Professional Organizations
    • Non-Profit Multi-Stakeholder Organizations for Healthcare Improvement
    • Consumer Watchdog and Advocacy Groups

  • Tactic - Deliver Biopsychosocial Healthcare
    • Behavioral Health Problems Account for a Substantial Portion of Primary Care Costs
    • Psychological Problems Cause or Contribute to Physical Illnesses
    • Psychological Treatment Remedies and Reduces Many Physical Problems
    • Behavioral Healthcare Improves Productivity and Quality of Life

Barriers and Drivers to Implementing the Wellness-Plus Solution

This section examines the problems and solutions to executing the Wellness-Plus Solution's tactics:
  • Problems with Current Practice Guidelines and How to Solve Them
    • Problem: Many of Today's Guidelines are Immature or Invalid
    • Solution: Develop and Validate Evolving Guidelines
    • Problem: Current Diagnostic Codes are Inadequate
    • Solution: Develop More Precise Diagnostic Codes
    • Problem: Lack of Adequate Continuity of Care
    • Solution: Continuity of Care Coordination
    • Problem: Implementation Delay
    • Solution: Speed Guideline Development and Dissemination
    • Problem: Guidelines Do Not Consider the Mind-Body Connection
    • Solution: Consider the Mind-Body Connection
    • Problem: Guidelines Do Not Address Patient Preferences
    • Solution: Shared Decision-Making Supported by Patient Decision Aids
    • Problem: Cookbook Guidelines are Too Rigid
    • Solution: Avoid Cookbook Guidelines
    • Problem: Guidelines May Conflict with Each Other
    • Solution: Reduce Guideline Conflicts
    • Problem: Patient Resistance
    • Solution: Involve Patients in Decisions, Consider Their Preferences, and Give Incentives for Compliance

  • Problems with Todays HIT Systems and How to Solve Them
    • Problem: Immature, Insecure, Expensive Technologies
    • Solution: Rational Incentive Programs, Patient Life-Cycle Wellness System, and Core-Competence IT Vendors
    • Problem: Addressing the Needs of Smaller Providers
    • Solution: Offer Affordable and Useable Technologies for Smaller Providers

  • Problems Relating to Provider Motivation and How to Solve Them
    • Problem: Poor Financial Compensation to Providers
    • Solution: Use Effective Financial Incentives
    • Problem: Unsupportive Organizational Culture and Lack of Leadership
    • Solution: Focus on Learning Organizations with Leadership for Change
    • Problem: Unwillingness to Change, Lack of Self-Confidence, Skepticism, and Insufficient Time and Resources
    • Solution: Support by Clinician Champions
    • Solution: Increase Clinician Confidence
    • Solution: Gradual Implementation with Ample Support and Workflow Accommodation
    • Solution: Have Adequate Time and Resources
    • Solution: Recognize Competitive Value

Conclusion & Epilogue



Northeast PA Task Force Recommendations



House Ways and Means Content

Wellness Model Technology Blueprint

This section presents the PHIN Consortium's technical blueprint of a comprehensive health information technology (HIT) system -- the PHIN HIT™ Interoperability Model -- that is able to drive the Wellness-Plus Solution. It also discusses a simulation of scenarios in which a "Wellness Model" is compared to the typical non-wellness models in use today, and presents some surprising results.
  • Filling the HIT Gap -- Describes how the PHIN HIT Interoperability Model, which is the foundation of the Patient Life-Cycle Wellness (PLCW) system, bridges the HIT Gap.

  • Yellow Brick Road Map -- Presents a path to policies and technologies for transforming the healthcare system

From the Authors

Stephen E. Beller, Ph.D.
Sabatini J. Monatesti

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{1} Trademarking the terms Wellness-Plus Solution™, Patient Lifecycle Wellness™ model, and Quality though Knowledge™ strategy is to ensure that their use is consistent with the information presented in this Wellness wiki and the corresponding "Understanding and Curing American Healthcare" white paper.