October 2013 ACEP Democratic Group Practice Section Meeting Recap
Thanks to everyone who attended the 2013 Democratic Group Practice Section Meeting. There were many new faces. It is important to the viability of the section that we maintain our membership and invite our partners to join us. Happenings included:Read More »
Representation at the EMRA job fair providing resources and key questions to ask during job interviews.
Speaker Rick Grunau, MDSenior Advisor (former CEO) of Emergency Medical Associates provided us with a breakdown of what an Accountable Care Organization is and how it is relevant to democratic groups. After all we are “the other primary care” and make the ever so important “decision to admit.”
Discussions regarding the section website:
o Plans to make it public
o Resources on why to join democratic groups
o Perhaps posting a PowerPoint on the different types of EM groups
o Posting reasons to join the section
The Case for Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Ownership in Democratic Groups
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Not all democratic groups afford this opportunity and I wonder why. Do your APPs have a voice in your group? Are they a part of the team, or just non-owner employees? What will encourage them to stay if they do not have a voice in helping decide the direction of your company? In some cases the only company voice for APP’s concerns is a sympathetic Physician. How does this build esprit de corps? Why did your APPs join your group? Why are they still there? Why are they leaving? Are they growing personally and professionally? When you are on shift, you are managing your contract. You have a vested interest in making sure that things flow well. You are an owner and responsible for your business. You are a part of a team. Why would APP’s not want the same benefits? If you were an employee and had no real voice at the management level, how would you feel? Would you stay?
As I write this article, I am sitting in an airport, waiting for my flight that has been delayed several times tonight. I am flying to work at a site that has had some staffing challenges. Why am I doing this? It certainly isn’t because I enjoy being away from my wife and kids. It’s not because I enjoy the endless flight delays and security checkpoints or due to a deep seated love of driving rental cars. I am doing it because this helps MY Company. I am a shareholder, an owner, and this is the right thing to do! I am involved, vested and committed to the success of my company. No, I am not a Physician. I am employed by a company that offers ownership to APPs as well as physicians.
Make a Difference: Write that Council Resolution
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Many College members introduce new ideas and current issues to ACEP through Council resolutions. This may sound daunting to our newer members, but the good news is that only takes two ACEP members to submit a resolution for Council consideration. In just a few months the ACEP Council will meet and consider numerous resolutions.
ACEP's Council, the major governing body for the College, considers resolutions annually in conjunction with their annual meeting. During this meeting, the Council considers many resolutions, ranging from College regulations to major policy initiatives thus directing fund allocation. This year there are 367 councillors representing chapters, sections, AACEM, CORD, EMRA, and SAEM.
The Council meeting is your opportunity to make an impact and influence the agenda for the coming years. If you have a hot topic that you believe the College should address, now is the time to start writing that resolution.
This year the deadline is July 28, 2014.