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CMS presents two models for shared patient-physician shared decision-making


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released two new patient-engagement models from the CMS Innovation Center. The models — the Shared Decision Making Model (SDM) and the Direct Decision Support Model  (DDS) — will encourage more shared decision-making.

The idea is to improve care and better control spending to improve the overall health of the Medicare population.

The SDM Model tries to combine a ‘’Four Step’’ process with routine clinical-practice workflows of physicians  in Accountable Care Organizations. Beneficiaries can discuss treatment options with their clinicians during in-person visits.

The DDS Model, for its part, is aimed at engaging beneficiaries outside of the clinical setting. Beneficiaries will get “patient-friendly material’’ on their conditions to help them more intelligently talk with their clinicians about treatment options.

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