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What You Are Ignoring Will Bite You

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Aug 7, 2018 11:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: physician spending

Orange is Not Your Color: Recent Uptick of Stark Law Violations; tips to ensure you stay on the right side of the regulatory world

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Jul 10, 2018 9:30:00 AM

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.”

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Topics: Healthcare Law, hospital compliance, physician contracting errors

Last Bucket Standing – Financial Management of Physician Contracting

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Jun 19, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: physician management, hospital management, physician spending, hospital spending

Directing Your Hospital Dough – Financial Best Practices on Physician Contracts

Posted by Michelle Harmon on May 15, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Doc Doc Goose: The Data You Should Be Watching to Assess the Health of Your Physician Relationships

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Mar 20, 2018 10:00:00 AM

How would your medical staff rate your health system as a partner? Have you asked? Are you wincing just thinking about it? Physicians are your most important partner as a health system to create the best possible teams for healthcare service to a local community and beyond. This is a relationship that has to be tended to daily. What are the data points to watch and measure for your physician relationships?

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Topics: Physician Relationships

How Much Is your Hospital Spending on Physician Agreements?

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Mar 7, 2018 9:04:00 AM

This is funny. (Well, if you are giant hospital nerd focused on broken processes, it’s funny.) Do you know what you are spending on your hospital administrative agreements with your physician partners? You have to know where they are located to start the count. You need to know your “official count” of partnerships (co management, call, employed, medical directorships to name a few.)

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Topics: physician agreements

5 Reasons (and counting) your hospital needs to invest in a physician software solution

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Feb 20, 2018 10:22:00 AM

Do you know how many administrative physician agreementsyou have? Do you know what group took call last night? Do you know who you are paying on auto-pay, how much, and why? How much do you spend annually on medical directorships? Are you chasing approvers to sign time logs on Friday Happy Hour so you don’t further antagonize your very important physician partner?

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Topics: physician agreements

The Missing Link: Hospital infrastructure for capturing physician spend

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Jan 23, 2018 10:22:00 AM

Who’s on first to quote Abbot and Costello…..hospital and health systems are notorious for having silos. We are witnesses to health systems acquiring other hospitals which continues to increase the silo effect and more layers of disconnect. With physician agreements, the complexity is intense and a gap for hospital operations.

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Topics: physician agreements

How to Employ Technologies that Don’t Torture Physicians

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Dec 19, 2017 8:58:33 AM

Physicians have not traditionally entered the workplace to lead or run businesses; they want to care for people, heal their communities, and make a good living. With all the complications in healthcare, regulations, how to care for patients and remain profitable, physicians are being tapped daily for “extracurricular” management work.

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Topics: physician software, physician management, Physician and Hospital Relationship

Negotiating the Win Win for Physician and Hospital Relationships

Posted by Michelle Harmon on Nov 21, 2017 9:03:00 AM

As we know, healthcare is a huge deal. However, something you might not have known is that by 2025, healthcare in both private and personal spending will be one fifth of the GNP according to the Peter G Foundation.   This means the pressure is on to engage physicians.  

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Topics: Physician and Hospital Relationship