The Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician is an innovative method of care delivery for complex medical-psychiatric cases. Contemporary medicine is plagued with the clinical and economic problem of treating “complex” patients suffering from co-morbid and overlapping systemic medical-psychiatric illnesses. Steven A. Frankel, MD; James A. Bourgeois, OD, MD; and Philip Erdberg, PhD have initiated a new model for the care of the most problematic of these patients.
According to the results of our pilot study, the Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician (MPCP) method of care improves treatment coordination and effectiveness as well as reduces overall costs. The MPCP model centers on a physician-led team where, in addition to providing direct treatment, the physician organizes and collaboratively manages both the clinical work and team.
In our new book, Comprehensive Care for Complex Patients: the Medical-Psychiatric Coordinating Physician Model, we describe our method, provide guidelines for its use, and discuss the expected outcomes of adopting our model.