Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO, focuses his blog on the role of the optometrist in health care reform – moving from primary eye care to primary health care. He is the chief medical officer of MARCH Vision Care, the co-director of the Low Vision/Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board. Disclosure: Edmonds is a consultant for March Vision and OcuHub.
BLOG: Nontraditional primary care
June 4, 2018
By Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO
There is a trend in health care that is starting to gain momentum around the country. It is a series of new delivery models that are termed, “nontraditional primary care.” These care models are arising to address the unmet need for primary care services. The reason for the primary care shortage is twofold, with the lack of primary care physicians as the main problem and the lack, (or overcrowding) of primary care facilities as the secondary problem. The use of non-physician extenders such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants may address the first part of the problem, but they often use the same facility as the physician. As such, these providers actually compound the second problem by creating office crowding that leads to longer wait times and inefficient care. The first of the nontraditional models is known as “direct primary care.” …