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Be Prepared for the Pandemic Aftermath

One of CARE’s industry partners, SE Healthcare, offers a COVID-19 Malpractice Mitigation Toolkit(1) for hospitals, physicians, and senior care facilities. This toolkit is designed to protect you and your team against the risk of emerging malpractice threats and potential claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even the best-intended immunity laws will not prevent all pandemic-related medical malpractice claims because those laws are often focused on protecting treatment decisions surrounding COVID-19 patients. However, many non-COVID healthcare services and procedures were modified, delayed, or cancelled due to the pandemic. In turn, this crisis has created new legal risks, and the repercussions may place your organization at risk for malpractice suits.

The COVID-19 Malpractice Mitigation Toolkit features four components:

  • Brief survey to gauge liability risk
  • Dashboard for easy review of survey results
  • Education and actionable insights related to potential risks
  • Practical tools, templates, and other resources for immediate use

Although resources are stretched thin, NOW is the time to dedicate personnel, resources, and money to establish a contingency plan for when the pandemic fallout emerges. Ask your healthcare staff to provide input on what to include in the plan. Think about areas of risk specific to your health care practice. Potential areas susceptible to future litigation include:

  • Delayed diagnosis of other diseases
  • Ineffective care due to limited resources
  • Failure to appropriately implement telemedicine procedures leading to failed or delayed diagnosis
  • Lack of policies or procedures to prevent pandemic shortages
  • Failure to adequately create, update, or implement emergency preparedness plans
  • Inability to ensure ethical guidelines in place for appropriate allocation of resources
  • Failure to appropriately assure competencies for expanded scope of practice

Contact SE Healthcare(2) to learn more about this valuable toolkit. Here at CARE, we can show you other resources and benefits available to CARE members to help your practice navigate ever-changing mandates and policies.

Footnotes

  1. https://www.sehealthcarequalityconsulting.com/covid-19-malpractice-mitigation-toolkit/
  2. info@sehqc.com
  3. https://care-ins.com/contact/

Life Savers Need Saving Too

One of CARE’s trusted industry partners, SE Healthcare, has created a solution to help providers manage additional stress caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The Burnout Rescue Pack(1) contains seven short, impactful videos and seven audio files from burnout expert Dr. Dike Drummond. Providers receive immediate, actionable guidance to reduce anxiety levels and manage the challenges present in today’s health care environment.

The Burnout Rescue Pack features insights to help physicians:

  • Manage and lower stress levels
  • Prevent and address symptoms of burnout in themselves and their colleagues
  • Maximize downtime
  • Bonus feature: Earn up to 3.0 CME credits 

The Burnout Rescue Pack is a subset of training videos from the only comprehensive burnout program on the market: The Physician Burnout Prevention program. The Burnout Rescue Pack content was selected specifically to address the additional stress being placed upon physicians during the current pandemic crisis. The only cost associated with this package is a one-time fee of $49 per provider.

Included with the pack is a video thank-you message(2) to physicians from Dr. Drummond. Working in the healthcare industry is hectic, even on an average day, but the pandemic crisis is generating front-line PTSD episodes at an alarming rate(3). Even downtime, no matter how brief, should be planned with great care. Rest and respite are critical to rejuvenation, and enable health care professionals to return to the front line recharged.

Contact us today to learn more about the Burnout Rescue pack. We can also connect you with other physician wellness tools that are available to CARE members.

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Tools and Resources to Mitigate Provider Burnout

Any career that involves connecting with other people is prone to professional burnout. It is very difficult to maintain a sense of self while caring for and supporting others. Increased administrative and productivity-based demands placed on physicians has led to worsening effects of physician burnout.

Increases in burnout rates can lead to negative impacts on both healthcare organizations and providers, including(1):

  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Depersonalization/distancing behaviors
  • Feelings of ineffectiveness
  • Lack of personal accomplishment
  • Feeling overextended
  • Unwilling to sympathize/empathize with patients
  • Unable to meet workplace demands
  • Diminished quality of care
  • Poor patient satisfaction
  • Increased medical errors and patient safety events
  • Decreased retention/increased turnover
  • Substance abuse/suicide

Any one of these elements can expose organizations to potential medical liability claims. Whether the issue is a serious medical mistake, or simply a perceived wrongdoing by a patient, the risk is inherent in any medical practice. While it may seem unreasonable to completely eliminate career burnout, there are tools to help both providers and support personnel help mitigate the risk associated with these issues. With limited investment, organizations can make effective and impactful changes to address and prevent burnout.

One of our professional partners, SE Healthcare, developed a video series(2) about physician burnout. The videos take a look at the range of negative impacts to the healthcare industry for both providers and patients (including financial, clinical, resources, errors, etc.). More importantly, each video provides suggestions on negating the effects of physician burnout at your practice.

SE Healthcare also offers a comprehensive Physician Burnout Prevention Program(4). This program uses a three-pronged approach to address and minimize physician burnout within your organization. The three pillars of the program include:

  • The Assessment: A confidential, short survey focused on identifying causes of burnout; uncovers where your physicians are on the burnout continuum; identifies top causes of burnout
  • The Dashboard: Provides actionable data to address burnout; includes valuable organizational and work-unit-level data available to leadership; offers individualized reports for physicians
  • The Enrichment Center: Curriculum-based learning module; features a complete library of exclusive materials; also includes a video training curriculum

A healthcare provider typically operates in a team-based model, working closely with other clinical office staff. However, this still puts physicians in a silo of sorts, in that daily interaction with other physicians is minimal. This isolation, coupled with the fact that vocational burnout still carries a negative stigma, prevents those who could see the signs and symptoms be comfortable enough to have conversations about workplace stressors(3). The program provides individual training and education on recognition and management of burnout, both within yourself and your colleagues. The program even offers tips on how to approach a colleague in distress.

Uncertainty about whether anything can be done to impact burnout often creates a barrier to action. Despite this trend, there are a number of key actions organizations can take to reduce burnout. SE Healthcare’s program provides leadership with a communication tool to listen to physicians and help uncover underlying issues. The program equips providers with the tools and skills to relieve stress and reduce levels of burnout, thus leading to significant benefits for both the organization and the provider.

Contact us today. We can help you uncover your risk potential based on your current level of organizational burnout. We can also help you easily and immediately implement the Physician Burnout Prevention Program in your practice.

Footnotes

  1. https://www.apaservices.org/practice/update/2018/01-25/mental-health-providers
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsN7vShw7UA&list=PLcE1V4co1oBYmhL4nIrHFkOEVUXL41CN3
  3. https://www.sehealthcarequalityconsulting.com/2019/12/19/using-our-eyes-and-ears-how-leaders-can-listen-to-physicians-to-help-detect-burnout/
  4. https://www.sehealthcarequalityconsulting.com/physician-burnout-prevention-program/

Reimbursement Rates: Don’t Settle for Less

As with anything in the healthcare industry, reimbursement rates are constantly in flux. New providers are often caught between the urgency of signing contracts in order to expand their patient base and the time it takes to negotiate fees(1) that accurately reflect their experience and talent.

Lack of experience can definitely be a liability when it comes to negotiating power. Results are what providers need to prove their value to insurance networks. However, providers can’t get results without being part of a network. Lacking results, a provider’s next best asset is data. Do some homework on your available network options, also taking into consideration providers in both similar and parallel specialties. A strong medical network works just as a strong social network does: it’s who/what you know and who/what they know.

Reimbursement rates are influenced by more than a single physician’s skill. The entire office staff is a reflection of what the physician is worth, including any advance practice providers (APPs), such as PAs and APRNs(3), that support the registered physician. The office’s reputation, clinical quality, professionalism, and patient satisfaction are all measurable components that can help you make an argument for increasing your reimbursement rates every time your contract is up for renegotiation. Keep in mind that insurance companies have their own competition to ward off, and every provider that they can depend on in their provider counts is an asset in their marketing arsenal too.

Our partner, SE Healthcare, has published an insightful piece, titled “Positioning Your Practice to Negotiate the Reimbursement You Deserve from Payers.(2)” This ebook explains strategies to uncover missed opportunities and grow your revenue by maximizing reimbursement rates.

Contact us(4) today so you can take advantage of the benefits of your CARE membership to utilize the expertise of our partner, SE Healthcare. They will help you assess your current reimbursement rates and formulate a strategy to maximize your current reimbursement contracts.

Footnotes

  • https://blog.evisit.com/how-to-negotiate-higher-physician-reimbursement-rates
  • https://www.sehealthcarequalityconsulting.com/download-ebook-positioning-your-practice-to-negotiate-the-reimbursement-you-deserve-from-payers/
  • https://www.physicianspractice.com/article/pas-deserve-direct-reimbursement-their-services
  • https://care-ins.com/contact/

CARE partners with SE Healthcare

At CARE Professional Liability Association, we partner with companies that not only help our members, but also understand the healthcare industry and its specific challenges. Our latest partnership with

SE Healthcare provides additional resources to help our members improve operational performance.

SE Healthcare’s Physician Empowerment™ Suite, a set of high-impact data analytics tools, leverages key performance metrics to help practices increase revenue. This is accomplished through enhanced reimbursement negotiations, coupled with an improved industry reputation, once providers have the power of analytics backing their performance.

Other tools provided by SE Healthcare include:

  • Patient Experience Platform
  • Five-Star Reputation Tool
  • Clinical Effectiveness Platform
  • Long-Term Care Assessment
  • Reimbursement Effectiveness™ Platform
  • Physician Burnout Prevention Program
  • Performance Improvement Tools

Both CARE and SE Healthcare understand the intricacies and inherent risks involved for healthcare providers because both companies were built by people with intimate knowledge of the industry. This not only includes physicians, but also top minds from the legal and compliance fields, as well as professionals who continue to shape the future of healthcare. You get the benefits that the years of experience this collaboration creates, including what we have learned from past mistakes, and best practices we’ve developed.

In future partnership blog articles, we’ll discuss the multitude of benefits that providers can gain from SE Healthcare’s analytics tools, including:

  • Getting fair reimbursements from payers
  • Making your practice more attractive to networks
  • Improving your reputation and transparency to convert website visitors into new patients
  • Retaining current patients by creating a better patient experience
  • Enhancing the workplace culture for physicians
  • Enhancing patient engagement and satisfaction
  • Addressing critical issues like physician burnout, quality, and safety

Contact us today for more information about how this CARE/SE Healthcare alliance can benefit your practice.