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ASPR Weekly - March 11, 2014

Physician recruitment 301 module now available on-demand

2014 Annual Conference: Keynote sneak peek

Congratulations to ASPR's newest fellow

JASPR feature: Telemedicine – a care model that could reduce physician shortage

Welcome to our newest Corporate Contributor: The JobHub

Physician recruitment 301 module now available on-demand

http:/resource/resmgr/Images/woman-aspr-301.jpgThe final course of the ASPR Fellowship Certification Program, the Physician Recruitment 301 Fellowship Module, is now available as an on demand series. The six individual webinars can be viewed anytime, anywhere! No travel costs, no time out of the office! Take advantage of this convenient and cost effective Webinar series!

The Physician Recruitment 301 Fellowship Module webinar series includes downloadable presentations and supporting documents, access to the audio and visual pre-recorded webinar and the ability to contact presenters directly with any questions that you may have. The cost of your exam is also included in the price of the program.

The 301 Module builds upon your knowledge base gained in the 101 and 201 Modules and provides additional education and tools. Once you pass all three exams, you will receive the designation of Fellow of the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters (FASPR).

The following topics are included in the 301 series:

Physician Contracts and Stark/Anti-Kickback Regulations

Understand the Physician Self-Referral Law ("Stark”) and Federal Anti-Kickback Statute. Gain an understanding of the key regulatory bodies and applicable sanctions and penalties for violations.

Medical Staff Development Plans

Learn why Medical Staff Development Plans are important, what qualitative and quantitative data are needed, what key elements are required, and how to develop a plan for your organization.

Utilizing Benchmarks to Optimize Operational Efficiency

Discover how to track, use, and interpret benchmarking metrics to improve efficiency in your recruitment department. Use data to justify your role and supply meaningful data to your C-Suite.

Immigration: In-depth Legal Hows and Whys

Obtain an in-depth understanding of visas and H1B caps and exemptions. Learn about pathways and best options to obtain permanent residence including Labor Certifications and National Interest Waivers.

Benefit Plans: Terms, Trends and Tips

Review physician benefits including retirement plans, medical coverage, disability coverage, life insurance, liability insurance, long term care, PTO and CME. Understand physician priorities and current and future trends.

Human Resources for Provider Recruitment

Comprehensive review of Affirmative Action, employment law and potential litigation. Discuss harassment, discrimination, wrongful discharge, negligent referencing and inappropriate interviewing. Learn about regulatory agencies, compliance reviews and potential penalties.

$400 (members) or $625 (non-members) for the Series which includes presentations, supporting resource documents and registration fee for the Fellowship (301) Exam. **You must be a current member of ASPR to take the Fellowship Exam and your exam must be taken within one year of completing the course.

Register to view the 301 Fellowship Module On-Demand

2014 Annual Conference: Keynote sneak peek

The ASPR Education Committee has been hard at work finalizing the speakers for the 2014 ASPR Annual Conference, which will be held in Minneapolis, MN from August 23-27 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.

This year the conference will feature two keynote speakers and 21 unique breakout sessions over the two and a half day main conference. The ASPR Fellowship Certification Program will also be offered the Saturday and Sunday before the main conference begins. Here is a glimpse at what you can expect from this year’s keynote speakers:

David HorsagerOn Monday, David Horsager, M.A., CSPwill present his keynote The Trust Edge: What Top Leaders Have and 8 Pillars to Build it Yourself. Through academic research and firsthand experience, Horsager has learned what it takes to gain – and keep – The Trust Edge. He will share his research and insight, shedding light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success. He will discuss how trust is a fundamental, bottom line issue and will show you how the little things, done consistently, add up to huge results. You will walk away with concrete steps you can use immediately to improve your life and career.

Joe FlowerWednesday’s keynote, presented by Joe Flower, is Where We Are Headed: Notes from the Future - The Physician in the Next Healthcare. Flower will explore the changing role of the physician in today’s evolving healthcare system. In addition to discussing the changes in healthcare from the physician perspective, Flower will look in-depth at what is driving change in healthcare overall - far beyond the narrow confines of the Affordable Care Act. He will connect those driving forces to the shifting state of the market for physicians, so that we can consider how we may need to shift our strategies, alliances and workflows in the future.

Stay tuned for much more detail on the quickly approaching 2014 ASPR Annual Conference! Registration details will be available in early May. Updates and conference highlights will continue to be provided via ASPR Weekly, so keep your eyes open!

Congratulations to ASPR's newest fellow

Description: to Kari Bowling, Cox Medical Center Branson, Branson, Mo., for recently becoming certified as a Fellow of ASPR (FASPR)!

As a certified Fellow of ASPR (FASPR), you demonstrate to peers, employers and physicians your commitment to continuing education and excellence in the discipline of physician recruitment.

Are you interested in becoming certified as a FASPR?ASPR’s Fellowship Program is the most comprehensive, authoritative resource for individuals seeking to develop and test their skills and knowledge within a broad spectrum of topics including physician/provider recruitment, onboarding and retention, human resources and relevant legal issues.

Whether you are new to in-house physician recruitment or a seasoned veteran, there’s tremendous value in attaining Fellowship certification. We’ll provide an in-depth view of recruiting basics such as sourcing, screening and interviewing, as well as delve deeply into more advanced topics such as interpreting benchmarking metrics and understanding/ implementing medical staff development plans. This cost effective and affordable program provides invaluable firsthand information taught by experienced experts and provides you with resources, best practices, and cutting edge training specific to in-house physician recruitment professionals.

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JASPR feature: Telemedicine – a care model that could reduce physician shortage

By Crystal Peterson, Director, Physician Recruiting and Retention, Specialists On Call, Inc., Reston, VA

Description:’ve all been warned of the looming physician shortage, which is expected to crest by the year 2025. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there will be a physician deficit of nearly 130,600, equally distributed amongst all general specialties. The Affordable Care Act, once fully implemented, will create a patient surge as the newly insured enter the healthcare market, making the situation even worse. However, despite what we read and may likely experience in our roles as physician recruiters, a November 2013 RAND Corp study indicates that the shortage projected by 2025 could be cut by as much as 50 percent or even eliminated altogether. How can such a discrepancy exist amongst healthcare experts?

It appears both cases could be true. While the projected shortage is accurate based on the data collected by the AAMC, the RAND study goes on to explain that data fueling the shortage is based on static, unchanged care delivery models. The study continues to say, "The projected physician shortages were substantially reduced in plausible scenarios that envisioned greater reliance on new models, even without increases in the supply of physicians.” Many of the models showcased by reform initiatives - like telemedicine - have actually been in place for decades.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, the Medicare Shared Savings Program, and Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative are creating renewed interest in remote monitoring and virtual visits post-discharge to better manage patients and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. These programs highlight the use of telemedicine technologies as tools for achieving higher quality and better coordinated care.

Many researchers support the idea that telemedicine and telehealth can reduce health care costs through more efficient care, better patient outcomes, and/or more timely care. This holds true, even if they have not yet agreed that taken as a whole, telemedicine saves money. The overall consensus, however, is that telemedicine works well with the system to improve efficiency and effectiveness, but it does not replace the system.

Efficiency Outcomes
Telemedicine can lower health care costs by delivering the same level of care more efficiently. Let’s take consultation times, for example. Telemedicine uses "store-and-forward,” a process where digital images, video, audio, observations of daily living and clinical data are captured and "stored” on the client computer or mobile device; then at a convenient time they are transmitted securely ("forwarded”) to a clinic at another location where they are studied by relevant specialists. The opinion of the specialist is then transmitted back. A physician’s review of "store-and-forward” information takes less time than an in-person consultation.

The largest efficiency gains, however, may come from a reduction in unnecessary patient transports. Studies on telemedicine interventions in pediatric cardiology, trauma, stroke and burn care show that, "Telehealth interventions in acute care settings like emergency rooms can remove the need to have some patients transferred to receive specialty care in other hospitals.” In addition, remote visits to patients in skilled nursing facilities, for wound care for example, can result in avoided transportation costs.

Effectiveness Outcomes
Another way in which telemedicine can produce cost savings is through the provision of better care, which reduces the frequency and/or cost of subsequent health care services. Ideally, telehealth provides care that decreases the need for services such as hospitalizations, emergency room visits and outpatient visits.

Home monitoring and acute care telemedicine
Two areas that have emerged with the strongest evidence of overall cost savings utilizing telemedicine include: home monitoring and acute care telemedicine. Home monitoring can reduce costly hospital visits and readmissions, while saving transportation costs and missed work income for patients who would otherwise need to commute or be transported from a facility to receive follow up care.

The lack of specialist physicians at local emergency rooms requires certain acute care patients, such as stroke or head trauma victims, to be transferred to hospitals with the necessary specialists on staff. In a 2009 University of Arizona study, researchers found that the around-the-clock trauma and emergency management telemedicine network prevented 17 unnecessary transfers and saved an estimated $104,852 in transfer costs.

For many, telemedicine means greater access to quality care, better management of chronic disease, and a solution to critical physician shortages in both urban and rural areas. At the same time, virtual care and remote monitoring have the potential to dramatically lower costs over more expensive inpatient alternatives and increase the efficiency of care delivery.

While technology continues to advance, and the efficacy of telemedicine continues to be demonstrated across the spectrum of care, legal and regulatory barriers hinder the pace at which widespread adoption of telemedicine in the United States can occur. Updating licensure requirements, introducing and expanding reimbursement for telehealth services, and creating a foundation of evidence based protocols for telehealth and telemedicine deployment are gaining momentum at both the state and national level. 2013 saw a positive change across all healthcare sectors as state legislators, patient groups, provider organizations, healthcare CEOs, and payers joined advocacy groups in the campaign for change. 2014 stands to be a busy year as these organizations continue to rally for telehealth and telemedicine.

Dávalos ME, French MT, Burdick AE, Simmons SC (2009, December 15). Economic evaluation of telemedicine: review of the literature and research guidelines for benefit-cost analysis. Telemed J E Health.

Welcome to our newest Corporate Contributor: The JobHub

The growth and success of ASPR is attributable in large part to the support of ASPR’s Corporate Contributors Please join us in welcoming our newest Bronze Corporate Contributor, The JobHub and if you do business with them, please thank them for their support. When you have a need for products or services, please consider our Corporate Contributors, many of which offer ASPR Member discounts.

The JobHub is a revolutionary, cloud-based recruitment system designed to minimize admin and data entry for all sectors of the recruitment process.

By greatly enhancing and automating communications between recruiters, applicant tracking systems and job boards, The JobHub has revolutionized an industry that’s constantly under pressure to evolve.

The result: Recruiters are free to spend more time actually recruiting.

Say goodbye to data entry. Say hello to The JobHub.

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