The result of the sudden and dramatic interruption in normal care delivery is the creation of two significant gaps in the system: (1) the gaps in care created by cancelled and delayed visits and procedures, and (2) the financial shortfalls that will be difficult to fill without a change in strategy and day-to-day operations.
By Donna Brighton, Brighton Leadership Group Leadership goes beyond power and position; it’s about actions, routines and practices. For example, the way information is shared, how decisions are made and the involvement of staff members are all leadership practices. Consistent practices lead to measurable results. During times of change, routines and practices are disrupted and results are impacted. A […]
The Student Association of the ACOFP is partnering with Resident Council on a number of exciting initiatives, including the Resident Council Spotlight series of interviews and articles. For our next article in the series, students sat down with Loc Nguyen, DO, to learn more about his residency program, what being a part of ACOFP means to him and what advice he has for students.
Single accreditation gave programs and residents a new scenario—that there could be a choice for residents about which certification exam they wished to sit for. This choice has led to many residents being confused about what to do: Should they sit for one or the other—or possibly both?
So, you got a payment from the Provider Relief Fund—now what? Most ACOFP members will have received a General Distribution payment, which generally consisted of two payments. Providers have to take several steps to accept and retain the money received.
Third-party payors have disturbed the service provider’s business process of fulfilling the needs and desires of their clients in health care. Insurance companies have taken away decision-making abilities from physicians and patients. Direct primary care brings that function back to physicians trained to make medical decisions in cooperation with their patients.
Introducing our newly-formatted conference: the ACOFP Intensive Osteopathic Update (IOU). This exciting event will feature four tracks with topics such as diversity, telemedicine, pain management and OMT.
We need to have empathy for the diverse situations faced by our patients and work to find ways to break down the barriers to acceptable health care for all—in particular, our underserved and underrepresented populations.
I have made some great connections with attendings, residents and students. ACOFP has many resources, such as Board Review, podcasts and blogs that have been very informative.
A raid at the Stonewall Inn created momentum for the LGBTQI community, leading us to Pride Month, which is celebrated across the country in June of each year. During this month events and parades are held celebrating the LGBTQI community and the progressive changes of subsequent decades.
We obviously cannot solve all of the current social problems and health disparities alone, but it is important to leverage our role with patients and in our communities as best we can to help be one of many needed parts of the solution. As physicians, we have a duty to protect the minds, bodies and souls of all our patients.
To the 2020 graduating class of osteopathic medical students, congratulations! ACOFP leadership is proud of your hard work and accomplishments throughout your four years of medical training. Your perseverance has paid off.
The CARES Act suspended payment obligations from March 13, 2020, through September 30, 2020 (referred to as the “forbearance period”), and most federal student loans will have a zero percent interest rate during this forbearance period.
These past three months have been challenging for people all over the world. As health care providers, we have not had the privilege to stay at home to avoid exposure. As family physicians we have made ourselves available by phone, online and, at times, in person. Our first duty has been to our communities and our patients.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a new Small Business Administration loan program established by Congress through the CARES Act to protect small businesses, including physician practices, and provide an incentive for these businesses to keep their employees and workers on the payroll.
What we are experiencing now is a world-wide disaster drill. Decisions are being made all over the world. The nursing and medical staffs are overwhelmed. In response, immune systems are overwhelmed, and medical personnel are getting sick—physically and mentally.