Archive for August 2020

Facing the physician shortage – Part 1

Currently, fewer and fewer physicians are available to handle a patient population that is surging, mostly due to aging and the conditions that accompany it. The COVID-19 crisis has only heightened the dilemma. A recent study from the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of between 54,000 to 139,000 physicians by the year 2033. This episode examines the ramifications of the crisis and how we can address it going forward.

 

Guest speaker:

Michael Dill, MPA

Director, Workforce Studies

Association of American Medical Colleges

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:25] Summary of the AAMC workforce study and projections

[03:25] An aging physician pool and the effect of COVID-19

[05:09] The crisis in primary care and in small, rural practices

[07:41] A shortage of specialists and the needs of an aging population

[09:27] Diversity in the physician pool and barriers to access

[11:43] Addressing the shortage – three steps

 

Links | Resources:

AAMC Study (2020) – “The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections from 2018 to 2033” Click here

New AAMC Report Confirms Growing Physician Shortage Click here

15 things to know about the physician shortage Click here

Physician workforce in the United States of America: forecasting nationwide shortages Click here

 

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Optimizing your clinical workforce – Part 2

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of states were already expanding the scope of practice for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs). The pandemic only accelerated this expansion. On this episode, we continue our examination of what has happened to the role of APPs, discuss the potential benefits this poses for the future and focus on how to realize these benefits in clinical practice.

 

Guest speaker:

Christen Hunt, DNP, NP-C, CPNP-AC

Director, Nursing programs

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[00:29] Need for setting up communication patterns and an inclusive governance structure

[02:49] How to continue and propel the benefits of APP inclusion

[03:24] Three pillars to optimize the clinical workforce

[04:05] Taking a stronger look at workflow and improving it

[05:58] Prior authorizations example: who could do this task?

[06:48] Telemedicine opportunities

[07:40] Remote monitoring opportunities

[08:24] Greater access to patients

[09:30] “We’ve gotta change”

[09:54] Facing the challenges of the future

 

Links | Resources:

Is It Fair? How To Approach Professional Scope-Of-Practice Policy After The COVID-19 Pandemic Click here

COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements Click here

Flattening the Provider Curve: Temporary COVID-19 Measures Expanding Scopes of Practice and Lessons from the Past Click here

 

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Optimizing your clinical workforce – Part 1

As health care organizations recover from the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, they face the unmistakable fact their world has changed. Innovative approaches they have used to stretch resources and increase staffing are now seemingly ingrained in the system. In this session, we examine the changes that have occurred in the role of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) and the lessons learned so far from those changes.

 

Guest speaker:

Christen Hunt, DNP, NP-C, CPNP-AC

Director, Nursing programs

Vizient

 

Moderator:

Tomas Villanueva, DO, MBA, FACPE, SFHM

Associate Vice President

Clinical Resources

Vizient

 

Show Notes:

[01:07] The most successful emerging care model

[03:16] Elements of a team culture

[06:03] Importance of communication

[07:02] Productivity: APPs vs. physicians

[08:55] Effect on patient access

[09:28] Compensation

 

Links | Resources:

Is It Fair? How To Approach Professional Scope-Of-Practice Policy After The COVID-19 Pandemic Click here

COVID-19 State Emergency Response: Temporarily Suspended and Waived Practice Agreement Requirements Click here

Flattening the Provider Curve: Temporary COVID-19 Measures Expanding Scopes of Practice and Lessons from the Past Click here

 

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