Inside this issue:
- Letter from IHP President
- Spring Symposium Follow-up
- Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Summer Symposium REGISTRATION OPEN
- Pharmacy Committee Update
- High-Performing Health Systems
- New IHP Physicians
These are busy and exciting times for IHP. We have a myriad of activities, projects, and events in the works.
First, the IHP Board recently voted to provide access to SMRTnet at no cost to our network physicians. SMRTnet is a Health Information Exchange that ties together the inpatient records of many of the hospitals in the broader metropolitan area, as well as several ambulatory clinics. This product is getting more useful every day as more and more data is fed into the system real time. This will be a powerful tool for your practice. In the meantime, you can already access SMRTnet through the Cerner system at metro INTEGRIS facilities. You will be able to look up patient records with a single login to SMRTnet. Look for more details in next month’s newsletter.
Second, our 2013 Summer Symposium will be Wednesday, June 5, at the Marriott on Northwest Expressway. Our speaker will be Dr. Paul Grundy, who is often called the “godfather” of the patient-centered medical home (PCMH). The PCMH is the care model of the future, and we all need to understand it. He is an energetic and captivating speaker. Currently, Dr. Grundy is IBM’s Global Director of Healthcare Transformation. I encourage all to attend, especially those in primary care. Feel free to bring your nurses, office staff, and managers to hear this world-class speaker. Find out how to register below.
Third, IHP has designed and approved our 2013 scorecard for clinical and operational measures. We are starting to track the performance of our members. This is the key to improving quality and generating saving. The scorecard is attached for your reference.
Fourth, IHP is taking preliminary steps to position ourselves in the inpatient arena. The engagement of specialists in the hospital has been shown to be a powerful tool to improve patient care, improve safety and generate savings. Everyone benefits when we work in a collaborative manner and are rewarded for our efforts with tangible, measurable results.
Last but not least – our performance results for 2012 have been finalized. We did very well. We were able to generate nearly $800,000 in savings by our management of 2,600 patients. We’ve split these saving 50-50 with INTEGRIS and will distribute our share of almost $400,000 to network physicians over the next month. Distributions will be based on attendance at the 2012 CME events or completion of them online, taking the Physician Satisfaction Survey, and returning Provider Data forms. Those who did not fully complete these tasks will be given a second chance to earn a full share of $480. Very soon, IHP will send you a letter detailing your personal performance for 2012. In the packet will be a list of what metrics you completed in 2012, what you can do in order to gain a full share, if necessary, plus a W-9 so that we can give you a check! Some of our physicians have asked to have the option to decline their payouts to have the funds returned to IHP for network development. SURE – that option is available.
We achieved this type of savings with limited metrics and data. As IHP becomes a more robust and sophisticated network the savings potential will be huge. Stay engaged and stay informed about IHP. We will do our best to keep you up to date. And as always, if you want to participate on a committee or task force, then PLEASE give me a call.
Carl Raczkowski, M.D.
President, INTEGRIS Health Partners
Spring Symposium Follow-up
On Wednesday, April 17, close to 130 physicians, administrators, and support staff attended the first IHP event of the year. After enjoying hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, attendees listened attentively as Bruce Sherman MD shared his vision of the future of healthcare delivery in the US. Factors such as demands from employers, reimbursement from government payers, transparency in outcomes, and patient satisfaction all play a part in the changing environment of providing care.
Thank you to the physician champions who “talked up” the symposium, personally inviting colleagues and encouraging full participation in the network. We were more than pleased with the turnout and response to this first event, particularly given the weather that evening – typical April night in Oklahoma! – and tip off for the last home game of the Thunder’s regular season scheduled for mid-way through the talk.
In-network Maternal Fetal Medicine
In the past, patients requiring maternal fetal medicine services were referred to OU, since that specialty was not available in the IHP network; however, things have changed. The physicians of the Perinatal Center of Oklahoma, Charles Mirabile MD, Jennifer Smith MD, and John Stanley III MD, are now in the IHP network. They see patients at their main location at 4140 W Memorial Road, Suite 321, and at locations on the INTEGRIS Baptist campus in Building A and in Norman. They can be reached at 405-748-4726.
Please consider referring your patients who need maternal fetal medicine to these in-network specialists. When patients are referred to out-of-network providers and those same services can be obtained within the network, then those services will not be covered by our claims administrator, Waterstone. To find an updated list of in-network providers, go online to www.ohnonline.com and select “Find a Provider”. Choose “INTEGRIS Health” for the employer, then select “INTEGRIS Health Partners”.
Register Now for the Summer Symposium:
Healthcare Transitions in the Patient-Centered Medical Home
Join your colleagues Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m., for the next IHP event. Paul H. Grundy MD will offer our network his vision of the coming transformation in healthcare delivery. Dr. Grundy has advised governments world-wide and has a broad range of experience as an innovator in the fields of preventative and public health. IHP network physicians will earn operational credit for attendance. Registration is open to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinic administrators.
Update from the Pharmacy Committee
The newly-formed IHP Pharmacy Committee – comprised of Charles Bryant MD, Jeff Cruzan, MD, Donna Cosby MD, Michael Morgan MD, John Muchmore MD, Matt Draelos MD, Jeffrey Asbury MD, Gary Worcester MD, and Paul Maton MD – has recently begun to meet. Currently, they are diving into the formulary, percentage of generics utilized by network physicians, and medication conversions. Soon, they will share their findings with the network through regular mailings covering set classes of drugs.
AMGA: Characteristics of High Performing Health Systems
The American Medical Group Association lists six characteristics of high-performing health systems:
- Quality Improvement – High performing systems set measurable goals to improve quality.
- Team-based Care – The team approach is used for simply providing care, as well as in transitions of care.
- Technology Tools – EHRs and HIEs are used for decision-making, improving care, monitoring patients, and prescribing.
- Incentivized Compensation – To encourage physicians to move from volume to value, incentives are offered for meeting quality measures.
- Cost Consciousness – Shared financial responsibility for managing the cost of healthcare and improving outcomes results in lower costs.
- Physician Leaders – Strong physician leaders help share non-clinical responsibilities, such as determining the quality and cost of care, while making key treatment decisions for their patients.
Do these goals sound familiar? They should. This is what INTEGRIS Health Partners is all about.
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New IHP Providers
- Graham Chadd MD, Anesthesiology
- Shon Cook MD, Neurosurgery
- Joey Fowler MD, Family Medicine
- Lauranne Harris MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology
- Michael McCarty MD, Anesthesiology
- Rachel McKinzie DO, Anesthesiology
- Krisztina Nadasy MD, Hospitalist
- Thomas Singletary MD, Anesthesiology
- Harold Voss MD, Anesthesiology