It’s a dance we all do. Too many issues, so little time, and a bit of numbness takes over in all of our lives. If you are at the helm of a large healthcare system, ignoring issues can see like the only way to survive. Let’s just say that strategic placement of a business issue towards the BACK of the priority list continues to be en vogue. We all in know life and business, what you ignore, sidestep, rationalize, bury, underestimate….will bite you.
Topics: physician spending
These days it feels like every piece of software marketed for physicians promises to save time. But what ends up happening? You trade a 5-step process that you knew like the back of your hand for a “new” 4-step process that ends up taking even more time!
I worked for a large non-for-profit system “papering” physician employment, loans, and other physician alignment strategies. I regarded compliance as a necessary evil.
It’s actually smart to conduct your organization’s business within in the bounds of federal regulations. The Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn’t taken 2018 off and when they hit an organization, the fine tends to go big. And, now it’s even personal – healthcare executives are being given prison time. As one Ludi™ client has stated, “Orange is not my color.”
Health systems are expanding and continue to acquire new facilities. This type of growth requires examination of all the legacy physician “deals” that are in place. Yet, at LudiTM, we often hear that examination of physician administrative contracts that include medical directorships, co-management, and shared or on call agreements are often put on the back burner for health system teams. We get it, management of physician contracts is messy, and teams do not get overly excited about having to deal with this process. Teams are short on time and people, so this is the bucket that gets pushed down the priority list or even completely ignored.
With this kind of title, I bet you were thinking, “Hey, there is going to be a trick!” Well, there’s not a really a trick. But, we do have a tip: Use market data to establish physician payment rates.
There it is. The straight story from someone who is not in the business of producing, assimilating, repackaging, benchmarking or from one who gains by suggesting this be part of your strategy. And, here’s another tip: Use market data consistently and often. Take a page out of Nike’s book — Just Do It!
LEAN, Sixth Sigma – man, we have all heard it, trained on it, and implemented it. This type of efficiency mantra is the bedrock of how to stay profitable; hospitals continue to have more and more pressure to cut any type of fluff from their budgets, to deliver quality care, and be able to grow services to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Given that it is May 1 and you will likely be staring at a stack of 100 time logs from physicians who want to be paid, here are 3 tips for minimizing compliance errors:
Healthcare Technology Veteran to Lead Product Development
Nashville, TN (May 1, 2018) – LudiTM, a technology company that helps hospitals and health systems manage physician contracts in order to improve compliance and optimize spend, today announced Cooper McGoodwin, PMP, CSPO, has joined the company. McGoodwin will serve as the Director of Product.
This year’s 22nd Annual Compliance Institute in Las Vegas is off to a great start with amazing keynote speakers and informative sessions. If I had to describe a theme of the sessions and the conference, it would be connectivity. Compliance is not one person’s job alone in an organization, but a culture. Doing the right thing should be our priority and working across the organization is necessary. Legal, audit, risk, operations, leadership, the medical staff all must be rowing in the right direction!
Topics: hospital compliance
As hospitals cut costs in every area, one of the last remaining protected buckets is physician contracts. What if I told you that you can cut 1% off your total spend this next year. Would you believe me? There are 3 solid ways to cut your spend, and actually, with data, all can be relatively painless. You need a ginzo knife to get in there and trim the fat.