Administrative physician agreements have been written for your physicians with help from your legal department or counsel. The clauses are there to be followed for numerous reasons. Perhaps it is to meet your organization’s goals with the way you align with doctors as well as for a variety of compliance reasons. Whatever the reason, it’s important to handle your physician agreements in the way they’re written, even if they’re complex. Failure to do so leaves room for incredible consequences that can affect your organization in a variety of ways.
Finding a ‘foolproof’ process to manage physician agreements can be a greater challenge than anticipated – perhaps so much so that it's often a task that’s put off within the organization. Once you make the decision to better manage physician agreements, there are a number of advantages you can expect to gain throughout the organization. Here’s a 30,000 foot view of changes you will see once you put time and energy into this problem by automating.
In September, 2015, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Yates Memo, a document outlining the accountability of individuals for corporate wrongdoing. This means that any individuals responsible (whether knowingly or unknowingly) for the wrongdoing are now being involved in the case where all facts of the alleged crime must be disclosed to the DOJ. Hospital executives fall into this area of accountability and since the release of the Yates Memo we are now seeing the punishment of individuals.
Physician administrative agreements are complex largely because of the challenging compliance regulations they must follow. Based on the thousands of agreements we’ve read on behalf of our clients, there is a cycle taking place where the agreements are getting more complicated as the compliance landscape becomes more rigid. This can create a series of problems when it comes to writing and managing these agreements over time. Take a read through the physician contracting errors that we’ve seen throughout agreements that can cause both short and long-term problems.
Automation is a big word and an even bigger concept. It's important to remember that there are varying degrees of automation. Take, for example, the process of having physicians log time for their administrative duties on hospital contracts such as medical directorships, teaching, co-management, etc. One way to automate this process might be to use excel file templates to log and submit time for approval, another might be to give a physician an application to track their time. What if we’re talking about full automation of this process from the time the physician logs their time through to review, approval, and reporting for the hospital? What does that look like and how does it benefit all parties involved? Take a peek at the 7 benefits related to an automated physician logging process…in our eyes it’s a positive change for everyone involved, not just the physician!