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The Role of Physicians Practicing in Assisted Living: Time for Change

Published:December 27, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamda.2017.11.012
      Although there is general consensus on the need for, and value of, experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated physicians in the nursing home (NH), there has been insufficient dialogue concerning the “value proposition” for physicians in assisted living (AL) communities. We believe there are two overriding issues that have stifled this dialogue. The first relates to the commonly accepted premise that the social model, rather than the medical model, must be the predominant driver of care in AL. The second issue relates to the variability of state regulations that have implications for the physician's ultimate role and responsibility in the delivery of medical services in AL.
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