Tuesday, January 15, 2013


What Doctors “Can Do” To Help Themselves and Their Patients
Go, and do thou likewise.

Luke, 10:37
Let us do, or die.

Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scottish Poet, in Scots Wha Hae

January 15, 2013 -  A “Can Do” philosophy  is a pragmatic mindset is that you “can do” whatever it takes to succeed - or not to do and fail.  

This morning I thought of this mindset when I received an impressive set of slides from Kurt Mosley,  Vice-President of Strategic Alliances for AMN Healthcare/Merritt Hawkins/Staff Care.
Kurt gives presentations  across the country to physician and hospital organizations on the fragmented fragile state of the physician union and what physicians can do to lift themselves with their own bootstraps to address the realities of health reform and Obamacare. 
One if the things that impressed me about Kurt’s presentation was his “can do” list of what physicians can do redefine and reassert themselves
His  physician “Can Do” list includes:
·         Relegating less complex tasks to Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners

·         Letting Pharmacists help directly manage patients with chronic conditions

·         Arranging for their practice to  see patients after hours

·         Working part-time to fill gaps in the system

·         Having patients pay for the convenience of on-line diagnosis

·         Creating clinics for walk-in care.
 
·         Arranging for compensation for e-mail, telemedicine, and telephone consultations

·         Promoting “same day” and “open access” scheduling

·         Promoting group visits of 6 to 15 patients with similar clinical problems

·         Aligning and agreeing with hospitals  with what needs to be done to please and satisfy physicians and patients

·         Moving towards concierge practices
I could go on, but the subject matter is too complex to discuss in a blog post.   Instead,  if you have further questions,  I recommend you call Kurt at 469-524-1446 or 214-392-3936 or email him at Kurt.Moseley@amnhealthcare.com

Tweet: The state of the physician union is fragmented and fragile, but physicians can take “can do” steps to succeed and improve their status.

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