Lessons Learned

  • Resources such as time and space for collaborations are needed to be successful;
  • New resources are not always needed: Leveraging existing resources can make a collaboration stronger as each partner’s contribution demonstrates their commitment and buy-in;
  • Be aware of potential inequities in resources such as one partner contributing more than another, or some staff having access to more resources (continuing education days, different salary scales) than others;
  • Funding models, particularly fee for service in primary care, can be a significant barrier to collaboration: Physicians can experience financial loss to spend time on collaborations rather than on billable services.