The downstream demand for professionals with competence in Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) has contributed to the substantial growth in the upstream demand for interprofessional education (IPE). The majority of IPE programs focuses exclusively on direct care practitioners and seldom include those responsible for the administration and management of care. Unfortunately, complex reimbursement mechanisms along with the multiple agencies and departments regulating the delivery, evaluation, and reimbursement of care can result in unintended barriers to IPC and eventually IPE. The Healthcare Services Planning and Management Program (HSPMP) is an innovative model of IPE that was designed to improve system wide collaboration among those responsible for the reimbursement, management and administration of the delivery of care. Although HSPMP was not developed in the US, this innovative model has the potential to develop the systemic integration needed to break down the barriers to the delivery and evaluation of IPE and IPC. The aim of this article is to introduce HSPMP to the US as a model of IPE that could help facilitate better integration of the US health care system and help to reduce some of the consequences resulting from the current fragmented system of care.
- European higher education area
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Interprofessional education
- curricular innovation
- health education
- interprofessional collaboration