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by Amanda Conschafter, blog editor

Will cost-focused clinical pathways derail personalized health care? A newly released video from the Alliance for Patient Access explores this question by considering how clinical pathways affect patients, their care regimen and their relationship with their health care providers.

As the video explains, clinical pathways streamline care by steering patients toward predetermined treatment options in a predetermined order. Insurance companies encourage their use with high-cost conditions, particularly cancer.

But too much emphasis on cost-cutting could impact patients’ ability to receive personalized, physician-led care. As “Clinical Pathways: When Personalized Health Care Goes Off Course” notes:

Patients fare best, the video surmises, when the physician-patient relationship – not cost-cutting tactics – guides care decisions. Watch AfPA’s “Clinical Pathways: When Personalized Health Care Goes off Course” to learn more.

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