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As IAFP President, I would like to encourage each of you to become more prominent leaders. Like it or not, society looks to us for guidance and direction. It is not difficult to improve our leadership roles. Leadership is not an innate gift, but a learned skill. I would like to share 10 compelling leadership skills from a Medical Economics article.
In August 2015, thirty-five Idaho WWAMI medical students comprising the entering class of 2015 started medical school in Moscow with an innovative new curriculum. Since 2010, more than 500 faculty, staff, residents and medical students over the 5-state WWAMI region have collaborated in a “curriculum renewal” process to redesign University of Washington School of Medicine’s (UWSOM) curriculum. This curriculum was created to provide the most effective, up-to-date and contemporary learning experience for students, and will have a continuous improvement approach with constant monitoring of student and course performance. Read more about the new curriculum...
By Julie Gunther, MD, Boise DPC Physician and IAFP Member
I could wallpaper a rather large wall with my diplomas, certificates, awards and licenses. Each gilded slip of paper demarcates a moment in the last 20 years when I finished, graduated, certified or did any one of many steps required to become a board certified physician. Yet, after all of the sleepless-nights, deferred self care and catastrophic debt… after all this… 3 years ago I sat at my desk in-between patient visits and cried.
I cried. And I kind of felt like I was going to vomit. The job I had was completely, infuriatingly, unsustainable. Read more...
Our residents continue to go above and beyond in developing relationships with both community physicians and patients. Our seniors (second year class) continue to develop their leadership in the program and have elected Dr. Lauren Olsen as our first chief resident. In addition Dr. Doug Borst was elected to Chair the National Conference for Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students. To read more about the residency...
The IAFP has a long history of fostering leadership in our members, at both the state and national level. Many of our members serve in a variety of leadership capacities in Idaho such as with committees and boards of community organizations, with other state medical societies, on the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan, and in state appointed positions. Currently we have four Idaho members serving in prominent positions at the national level with the AAFP. Read more...
Teamwork—an essential part of a safety culture—has come to the forefront as the most effective way of catching individual errors before they occur and of mitigating system failures. The team approach is not new, but its value and definition are changing. Good communication, along with a focused team approach in dealing with problems, can make a positive difference in any outcome.
A healthy culture focused on safety and effective communication is essential to developing a high-functioning team. It becomes challenging when factoring in each team member’s different personality, skills, agenda, style, and objectives. The team approach depends on each member’s ability to: read more...
The Idaho Family Physician of the Year will be announced at the 68th Annual Conference of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians on May 14, 2016 at the Riverside Hotel, Boise, Idaho
The candidate must be a member in good standing of the IAFP/AAFP. In less than 200 words, please describe how the physician exhibits the following criteria:
Submit your nomination to the IAFP at Idahoafp@aol.com. The deadline for submission is January 22, 2016.
As healthcare evolves and the future of medicine undergoes unprecedented change, you could choose to integrate telemedicine into your practice, maintain offices in multiple states, or accept a job-related transfer.
When you move your practice, there are considerations you should take to limit your liability risks. Use this complimentary guide to help create a safe and smooth transition into your next location. Click here to learn more...
The Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program is now in the penalty stages for providers not reporting quality measures. For reporting year 2015, the Value-based Modifier (VM) is also affecting all physicians billing Part B PFS.
Qualis Health is hosting a webinar on how to interpret QRURs
December 9, 2015
11:3O am - 12:30 pm Pacific Time
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Mountain Standard Time
The VM is derived from quality and cost measures and based on a ranking system, an organization can receive a neutral, upward or downward adjustment on their 2017 Medicare Part B PFS. Each organization is able to retrieve their Quality and Resource Use Report which is essentially their PQRS feedback report with information about the VM ranking. There has also been interest in the Merit-based Incentive Program System (MIPS) as well, which is coming down the pike in a few years and essentially rolls this program and MU as well as other components into one initiative. Reading and interpreting annual quality and resource use reports (QRURs) can be challenging and overwhelming. Now that CMS has made available the 2014 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports, we want to simplify the process for you and prepare your practice to read and interpret the findings with ease and confidence. Join us as we dive into the details around QRURs.