Physician Engagement and How to Get It

Not every physician is fully engaged in value based healthcare. They are often invested in their current methodology and don’t understand the reason for the change. In other offices you will see that they don’t feel it will be beneficial to their patients and want to protect or shield them to some extent. Most patients and support staff feel that the physician knows best and will follow their lead. To that end, the physician, or team of physicians, must be fully engaged and completely on board with value based healthcare.

In order to successfully move to a population or value based approach for care, all healthcare providers in a given practice as well as other teams caring for the patient must be networked and all of them must be fully in line with the goals and the expectations of the new healthcare model.

That means that doctors, nurses, therapists and others must share all of the information they have, including diagnostic tests as well as the results in order to effectively and efficiently provide for coordination of care across all of the healthcare settings. In addition this will offer a lower cost of care in the network.

Creating a Physician Engagement Strategy is Imperative

Lowering healthcare provider variations and rolling out evidence based guidelines will help to keep the costs down for the care of the patient. Additionally, it will allow healthcare providers to see gaps in care and help them to see which patients could benefit from care plans that will likely offer a very positive outcome for them.

When you are working to create a physician engagement strategy, here are a few things that every healthcare provider and acute care facility should keep in mind:

-Set clear goals and use the physician or physician team to do so in order to make them easier to meet.

-Keep the focus by prioritizing key changes they should be making in the immediate future.

-Be very concise and clear on what are now considered best practices for physicians.

-Recognize that the physicians and particularly small practices are going to be very sensitive to the extra work so make sure that you make the new methodology as easily accessed and followed as possible.

-Offer incentives for the physician to induce compliance and offer good explanations of the why’s and wherefores in order to give the most information possible to the physician. Having achieved the networking offer the physicians an easy to use dashboard that permits them to compare their own performance and see where they can improve.

Nothing is more important for the overall patient’s well-being than aligning the providers and ensuring that both physician and patient are compliant with the new methods.

Our “bonus” section explores the benefits of value based healthcare and how there came to be such a push—as well as asking a few questions and looking dispassionately at value based care for the down side…..

Mitch Robbins is an expert as it relates to Interim and Direct Hire Nursing Leadership Recruitment for hospitals and clinics, helping organizations build best in class clinical leadership teams in the USA.

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