Sharing On Call responsibility between multiple small groups brings opportunity for less frequent Call duty for everyone.
When On Call policies are under review, here are some issues to consider
Belonging to a group medical practice has many advantages such as one physician not having to manage and regulate the office, the schedule, and the employees. Instead, everyone helps out and shares responsibilities, including on-call duties. The practice can set up a schedule so that providers have the ability to take personal vacation or CME days and also have more flexible time for family or business affairs.
However, differing expectations can mar the working experience. How can you avoid conflicts
Have you heard about "4
Here’s a tasty example of such a recipe from "A Man, a Can, and a Plan":
- 1 - 8oz can Red Bull Energy Drink
- 4 - boneless strip steaks (2 lbs trimmed of fat)
- 1 - 10oz can fat-free beef gravy
- 1 - 4 oz can
sliced, drained mushrooms
- Steak seasoning (optional, but strongly suggested)
Well … Here's my “4 ingredient” version for on-call physician scheduling, done-in-a-day.
The typical answers I hear to this question are "It follows all our rules”, or “All the Doctors are happy”, and the ever-popular “It’s fair”.
With three general steps, groups can benefit from call-sharing just like bigger practices.
Physicians are feeling the squeeze these days: decreasing numbers of available on-call physicians, increasing mergers, on-call compensation issues, and the need to provide 24/7 on-call coverage is taking its toll on physician morale no matter the size of the group. The increasing use of hospitalists and technology such as EHR has great potential to alleviate stress for physicians in medium and large groups, but what steps can “smaller” practices take? Here are some ideas I have learned while training smaller on-call scheduling groups.
Doctors love their iPhones! One of the most frequent questions that we get from physicians is
We all know vacations are crucial to prevent Physician burn-out and to keep them happy and at their best for their families, patients, and colleagues. For a true “get away”, many advocate Physicians take at least a two week break, not only from On Call duties, but everything else. And no cheating: no CME, no checking emails, taking a work call, or overloading with patients before or immediately after getting back!
Has this ever happened to you? You've purchased the software, the features are great and just what your Physicians seem to keep mentioning everytime you turn around. As a Scheduler, you have been benefiting from it, but your Providers continue to be stuck in the "old way" of using and accessing the On Call schedules. Great features, but MY Docs will never log in!