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Primary Care: Are You Busy Or Effective (or Both)?

May of 2018 we turned on dashboards on the Value of Care for a group of 400 providers. On the dashboard the scale of 0 – 100, a 70 was considered “good value,” below this there were significant opportunity for higher value care. The average score for our providers was 35.

Within hours the phones began to ring – “my care is better than this,” “my dashboard is wrong,” “your data is incomplete” – the general sentiment was “I am making a bigger difference that you are saying I am.”

Let’s look at the facts – they were busy – usually filling their schedule to 80+%, moving through the day giving 100% to each person sitting before them. At the end of the day going home feeling tired but sure of their contribution to their patients. They must be high quality, effective, and their patients are benefiting based on days, months, and years of committed work.

So why the relatively low scores? We set up teams to investigate. The ability to click down to a member level allowed the providers to see what was going on with their patients. Were the patient really theirs or not? An examination revealed YES! Then why weren’t their blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, blood sugars, immunizations, and screenings not at goal?

Barbara was supposed to come back in but never did, Bob travels all the time, Suzie stopped taking her meds, but never communicated it, John’s son got ill and he missed his appointment and never came back in…. The list of reasons went on and on. But the reality did not change – we were confusing being busy with meeting the needs of our patients. Often, we were not seeing the patients that needed us the most.

This lead to new systems, new ways of proactive (and automated) outreach. Soon the right patients were in the right practice at the right time. Quality took a jump up. Providers knew they were doing the best thing for all of their patients, not just the ones in front of them.

Busy was now productive and we were adding years to the lives and life to the years of those we served!

Is your practice busy, effective, or both?

An Invitation To Join A Journey To Next Level Healthcare Leadership

By DrScott – Posted on March 11, 2015: You already know healthcare is in a time of tremendous transition.

The Question is what role will you play in this change?  How will you skillfully navigate these waters as a leader in your organization or system?  How will you win or lose in the next 3, 5, and 10 years?

Without question your organization will realize greater success if you are prepared to lead.  The greater your capacity, the greater your success will be – from revenue to influence.

How prepared are you to lead?  Do you have a comprehensive, cohesive and integral skill set that allows you to navigate and lead a team through the challenges coming at you today, and will it expand as your role grows?

We are looking for a select group of leaders who want to play a key role for their companies and for the country in this transformation.  The format will be an interactive, collegial exploration of your personal skills in the context of learning proven and transformational leadership skills for groups, corporations, and systems.  This course is for lifelong learners who want to take themselves to the next level.

If you would be interested in learning more please contact us at shelley.egan@stagen.com and/or consider joining us Tuesday, May 26, 2015 for lunch at the Stagen Leadership – the PDF brochure on this course is attached below.

Again, please RSVP to shelley.egan@stagen.com.

ILP Informational Session

When: Tuesday, May 26th

Time:12:30-2:00pm

Where: 3535 Travis St. | Suite 100 Dallas, TX 75204

*Parking is available underneath the building.

Stagen ILP – February ‘Osler’ Class

Here’s to a great future for every person accessing the US Healthcare System – and here’s to the leaders who are going to make it happen.  Hope to see or hear from you soon.

Scott Conard, MD

Course Co-leader

Stagen ILP – Osler Class

www.stagen.com