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FALL 2015 IDAHO FAMILY PHYSICIAN

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Volume 38 Issue 3

The News for Idaho’s Family Physicians

“HAPPY HOLIDAYS “

To access the IAFP Web Page, log on to www.Idahofamilyphysicians.org

FEATURES:

President's Message

Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan Update

WWAMI Debuts New Curriculum

Direct Primary Care

Residency Updates

IAFP Members Serve at the National Level

Patient Safety

Nominate a Colleague for Idaho Family Physician of the Year

8 Steps to Take

Guide to QRURs

IAFP Board of Directors

Welcome New Members

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Hello All and Happy Holidays,

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.

  1. ) Defining a vision: By having a future goal in mind it is easier to lead others towards it. Talk to others, dare to dream, and refine this vision. The more detailed the better.
  2. ) Share the vision: You cannot keep your dreams locked up. By sharing your vision, you can excite others to follow you. Have a consistent overall message of this vision. The more passion the better.
  3. ) Recognize your leadership style: There are several different styles of leadership. By being more self-aware of yours, you can use it better. Each style requires a different approach. Most people have a blend. The styles include authoritarian, paternalistic, democratic, facilitative, bureaucratic and transformative. I personally have a blend of all six. I try to select the style that would work best in different situations. To read more...

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STATEWIDE HEALTHCARE INNOVATION PLAN UPDATE

Ted Epperly, MD, Chair, Idaho Healthcare Coalition
I am pleased to report that the seven SHIP Regional Health Collaboratives (RHC) are taking shape with each executive committee convening their community leaders and healthcare advocates to form the RHC Councils. As we enter into this phase of the project, the explicit definition of the medical neighborhood needs to be clarified and convey to all of our partners, including those outside the SHIP coalition. The Idaho Healthcare Coalition adopted the comprehensive definition for Idaho’s medical neighborhood as: “… the clinical-community partnership that includes the medical, social and public health supports necessary to enhance health and the prevention of disease, Read the full report...

WWAMI Transparent_new logoWWAMI DEBUTS RENEWED CURRICULUM

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...

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DIRECT PRIMARY CARE - I DON'T COUNT WIDGETS

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...

RESIDENCY UPDATES

  • Hello all. Quick updates from FMRI: The intern class is doing well. The R2s are looking forward to our mid-point community medicine / behavioral medicine block -- mainly for all being off call together. The R3s are actively looking at job possibilities. We will have three more graduating R3s enter OB fellowships next year. Meanwhile our first OB fellow here is generating a good volume of primary c-sections at St. Luke’s. Our first geriatrics fellow is building our nursing home volume. The Al’s medicine service continues to provide high volume, medically complex care to the underserved of Ada County. We have just finished our re-work of the pediatric and OB curriculum for next year. We are working hard at improving quality in the clinics through guideline based teaching and registry management time for residents. Interview season is upon us and we will again interview approximately 100 applicants for our 11 core positions. We will be welcoming Jeff Edwards (FMRI grad 1994) to the faculty in February. Onward! Justin Glass, Program Director

  • Things are going well at the ISU residency. We are having a wonderful group of applicants this year. This is probably the strongest group of applicants that our residency has ever seen. We are probably going to end up interviewing 10 more than we did last year. Most of our third year residents have signed or close to signing contracts for next year. It looks like probably three will stay in the state of Idaho. We have a few faculty members that are looking to retire over the next 2 to 5 years and so we are actively recruiting for new teaching faculty.
    Brandon Michelson, Program Director

  • The mission of Kootenai Clinic Family Medicine Coeur d’Alene Residency is to provide superb, comprehensive graduate medical education, resulting in physicians who are committed to lifelong learning and to providing personal, patient-focused care. This fall our program begins recruitment for our third class which will fulfill our 6/6/6 complement and we couldn’t be more pleased with how our classes are doing.

    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...

  • Both the Caldwell and Magic Valley RTTs had over 350 applicants each for the 2015/2016 interview season. Through January 2016, the Caldwell RTT will be interviewing 36 candidates and the Magic Valley RTT will be interviewing 26 candidates. The FMRI is pleased to have a new community outreach program focused on education for our residents; and our patients. The reach of the FMRI is unique, with rural rotations to all parts of this beautiful state. The impact of our work and collaboration can promote positive health both locally and throughout Idaho. I am inspired both by the development of these community service projects and the growth and development of our residents. To read more...

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IAFP MEMBERS SERVE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL

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...

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EIGHT PRINCIPLES OF AN EFFECTIVE PATIENT SAFETY TEAM

By Susan Shepard, MSN, RN, Director, Patient Safety Education, The Doctors Company

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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...

NOMINATE A COLLEAGUE FOR IDAHO FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR

IAFP Family Physician of the Year Nomination Guidelines:

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:

  • Provides his/her patients with compassionate, comprehensive and caring family medicine on a continuing basis.
  • Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of his/her community.
  • Provides a credible role model professionally and personally to his/her community, to other health professionals, and residents and medical students.
  • Can effectively represent the specialty of family medicine and the AAFP in public speaking.
  • What one characteristic makes this person stand out among his/her colleagues?

Submit your nomination to the IAFP at Idahoafp@aol.com. The deadline for submission is January 22, 2016.

Practice Relocation: 8 Steps You Can Take to Ensure Your Next Move Is a Success

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...

Guide to QRURs: What You Need to Know to Read and

Interpret Quality and Resource Use Reports

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.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE BOARD:
  • President: Bill Vetter, MD Emmett
  • President Elect: Haley Minnehan, MD Cottonwood
  • Immediate Past-President: Mikael Bedell, MD Cascade
  • Treasurer: Mary Barinaga, MD Boise
BOARD MEMBERS:
  • Boyd Southwick, DO Idaho Falls
  • Keith Davis, MD Shoshone
  • Ted Epperly, MD Boise
  • Cher Jacobsen, MD Coeur d'Alene
  • Paul Beckett, DO Shelley
  • Jonathan Bowman, MD Boise
  • Leanne Rousseau, MD Post Falls
  • Jared Price, DO Pocatello
  • Michael Packer, MD Rexburg
  • Rebecca Siemers, MD Coeur d'Alene
  • Suzanna Hubele, MD Weiser
RESIDENT MEMBERS:
  • Melliss Kjos, MD Pocatello
  • Carolyn Johnson, MD Boise
  • Tara Mertz-Hack, MD Jerome (Observer)
  • Douglas Borst, MD Coeur d’Alene (Observer)
STUDENT MEMBERS:
  • Melissa Roop Boise
  • Lee Spencer Boise
AAFP DELEGATES:
  • David Schmitz, MD Eagle
  • Mary Barinaga, MD Boise
AAFP ALTERNATE DELEGATES:
  • Scott Dunn, MD Sandpoint
  • Suzanne Allen, MD Boise

WELCOME NEW IAFP MEMBERS

ACTIVE MEMBERS:

  • Ronald Baldwin, MD Moscow
  • Harrison Blanton, MD Nampa
  • Chad Johnson, DO Twin Falls
  • Rebecca Katzman, MD Boise
  • Joshua Lundberg, MD Boise
  • Isac Simpson, DO Ammon
  • David Teeples, DO Malad City

 

STUDENT MEMBERS:

  • Andrew Burchak Moscow
  • Bobby Endo Moscow
  • Justin Gause Moscow
  • Casandra Kirschner Moscow
  • Tate Saurey Moscow
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DISCLAIMER: The opinions and views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the opinions and views of the American Academy of Family Physicians.