Medical directors face novel legal risks for professional liability, regulatory compliance, licensure board complaints, and careless communication habits. A more thoughtful understanding of the distinct obligations and potential medical director legal risks may help medical directors and their employers avoid unnecessary stress and minimize the chances of legal entanglements.
Health reform puts healthcare organizations at more financial risk than ever for care costs and quality, both inside and outside their workplace. But it doesn't change the fundamental fact that physicians, even employed physicians, remain the final arbiters of what care actually is provided. CMO responsibilities evolve with need and business acumen grows as a vital need.
The Medical Director role takes on a dramatic evolutionary shift in responsibility and scope due to healthcare reform (and re-reform) and an industry which is now focused on efficiently driven quality care.
Last week, our blog, "Stretching Medical Directors Too Far?" covered the new roles and responsibilities for chief medical officers and medical directors. FULL BLOG. Today's blog focuses on the financial impact and possible solutions for medical director turnover.
As healthcare continues to change, so do some of the roles within the industry, but no role has perhaps experienced a shift quite as significant as the Medical Director. This position has taken on a dramatic evolutionary shift in responsibility and scope. The roles and responsibilities now require stretching medical director skills into contract negotiations, group dynamics, organizational development, team management, and many areas not covered in a traditional medical curricula.
Whatever the title, Medical Director, CMO, or similar, the responsibilities loom large with little relief in sight. Burnout, recruitment, and retention might be a larger concern than medical necessity criteria, case shaping, and utilization management. The end of the ACA won't likely make things easier. With that in mind, here are 5 time-saving tips for medical directors.
The Evolution of the Medical Director
As healthcare continues to change, so do some of the roles within the industry, but no role has perhaps experienced a shift quite as […]