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What Is The Role Of Self-Care In Value Based Care?

By Ruthann Russo | June 25, 2019 |

I recently had a conversation with a value-based care executive. After he rejected the idea that self-care is an essential component of any value-based care initiative, I responded, “But, given the value of self-care tools and measures, preserving health and optimizing well-being could be the glue that holds a value-based care strategy together.” His response? “I agree. Prevention begins with us, but the healthcare industry has many operational challenges to address in the near term which are drawing attention away from self-care.” According to The New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst, value-based healthcare is a “healthcare delivery model in which…

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The Three S’s of Self-Care for Health Systems and Their Leaders.

By Ruthann Russo | June 22, 2019 |

Preserving health and optimizing wellbeing is essential to the future of healthcare and humanity. Self-care practiced System-wide, that is Sustainable and Scalable achieves this goal. Health systems are evolving to include partnerships and networks that promote well-being. The universal need for self-care is shared by leaders, employees, patients, and practitioners alike. Neglecting self-care results in increased healthcare costs, chronic conditions, cost of lost productivity, and the personal cost of unrealized potential. Leaders and health systems that treat self-care as an essential component of healthcare will undoubtedly shape the future of the industry. To be successful, a self-care initiative needs a…

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Why isn’t Spirituality a Source of Health?

By Ruthann Russo | June 21, 2019 |

During my self-care training programs, I am often asked, “Why isn’t spirituality a Source of Health (SOH)?” My answer? Given the all-encompassing nature of spirituality, it didn’t seem correct to pigeonhole it as just another source of health. A colleague of mine, Luann Fortune, and I identified that participants in the self-care trainings we conducted were able to verbalize how spirituality related to ALL of their 7 sources of health. As you read these examples, please keep in mind that what is true for one of us, will not be true for all of us. So, please feel free to…

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