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Small-Group Doctors: Call Schedule Sharing

Posted by Amy Engebretson on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 08:46 AM

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.

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Topics: physician scheduling, call schedule management, sharing on call

Who Is Your On Call Infectious Disease Physician?

Posted by Amy Engebretson on Thu, Nov 20, 2014 @ 04:07 PM

In light of the current Ebola issues, and previous brushes with SARS, H1N1, Anthrax, and MRSA concerns, shouldn’t your Group consider having a designated Infectious Disease physician on call? What would it take to assemble an ID schedule if you had to?

Do you know who the individual Infectious Disease specialist is vs a general Internal Medicine number to “dial and pray”?

How long would it take you to find out who the appropriate individual doctor is?

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Topics: EMTALA, call scheduling tips, sharing on call

On Call Schedule: When equal is not fair!

Posted by Amy Engebretson on Wed, Aug 07, 2013 @ 03:22 PM

So, you're ready to get moving on your next schedule, eh?

   1). You have had "the meeting" and know who is covering the Holidays. Check.

   2). You know who is unavailable due to vacations, CME or other things that take them out of call, and have those requests assigned. Check.

   3). Now, how about those weekends?

I have had several calls lately where weekends no longer need to be "fair", or are fair in some way other than being equal in the tallies.

When is equal no longer fair?

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Topics: on call schedule fairness, on call scheduling tips, sharing on call

Getting Call Scheduler’s iCal subscription link into Outlook 2010

Posted by Amy Engebretson on Fri, Mar 01, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

If you are tired of slepping paper around or squinting at a small screen, perhaps your family calendar is also a place for your on-call schedule.

Everyone is on the go. Here's how to use iCal to sync Call Scheduler into Outlook 2010 so no matter where you are, the family Outlook calendar is accurate. It's super easy to do!
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Topics: iCal subscription, sharing on call, outlook subscription