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1The Changing Roles of Healthcare ProfessionalsKellie ByrdAspen UniversityHealthcare Policies and Economics HCA320Dr. Robert WadeMay 3, 2021
2The Changing Roles of Healthcare ProfessionalsWith the demand for health care to move from a fee-for-services (FFS) to a value-basedsystem (VBS), the roles of health care professional look to change in the future. From being amodel that portrayed the doctor as the head of the ship and the nurses and other health careprofessionals as the crew that followed orders and rowed to keep the ship moving to a model thatpromotes more teamwork with information available to more that one person and more than oneperson able to make decisions on the client’s health. As the health care industry transitions froman FFS to a VBS system we will see more interworking between the physicians, nurses, andother health care professionals to provide a better health care service to their clients by beingable to see information across different systems, update the client’s information, addrecommendations, and catch what has fallen between the cracks with the current FFS health caresystem.Roles of Healthcare ProfessionalsCurrent PracticeGoverning healthcare has become a pressing issue with rising healthcare costs due tomore expensive treatments, ageing populations and rising expectations; further, previous modelsof budgeting and reimbursement have come under scrutiny: Fee-for-service encourages activity,but does not control for relevance or quality; fixed budgets ideally encourage resourceeffectiveness and quality depending on the integrity of healthcare professionals, but do notprovide funders any insight into how money is spent[ CITATION Bon18 \l 1033 ]. With therising cost of health care, the aging population, and advances in technology clients weredissatisfied with the FFS system in place. Many thought the future would be easier, instead manyfeel it is harder, with many unable to afford health care, or unable to pay their deductibles. Some
3qualify for Medicaid for their children, giving their children access to medical services for a timein their life till they age out. Then they must try to afford their own health care insurance or gowithout. Many only go to the doctor as a last result until they can retire. Once they have retire,they go on Medicare and can afford access to more health care, but Medicaid and Medicaredecide what they will pay hospitals and physicians as reimbursement. Medicaid, Medicare, andother insurances were paying on an FFS system often causing unnecessary tests and labs to be