Pressure from payers for cost containment and accountability is forcing
clinicians to refine existing skills and develop new areas of competence.
To adequately address patients' needs in the new health care environment,
clinicians must master at least six skill sets and the individual skills
within each set. This paper describes six core skill sets-clinical care
skills, clinical management skills, clinical knowledge, skills with special
populations, administrative competence, and ethical care management-and
specific skills within each set. These descriptions are intended to serve
as a how-to manual for modern behavioral practice.