PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS
Primary Care Physicians ("PCP") are a key link in the systems-based practice. This class will examine more closely how capitated payment effects the Primary Care Physician, illustrate some potential opportunities Primary Care Physicians face in the systems-based practice, and examine some primary care physician's perspectives of in the systems-based practice. This class will also identify some specific questions that Primary Care Physicians should ask themselves as they form networks or consider joining them.
This class shows Primary Care Physicians the importance to consider costs and benefits of tests and treatments, not order unnecessary tests, and the reasons to adhere to established patient care pathways. In addition, Primary Care Physicians will be reminded to identify system causes of medical error; anticipate and respond to patient care problems; adhere to protocols that ensure patient safety; and accept input from the patient care team. Also, Primary Care Physicians will review the necessity to obtain consultation when needed; communicate with other providers; resolve differences in treatment plans; reconcile contradictory advice; assure patient awareness of available options; make appropriate referrals; assist with arrangements and follow up to ensure appropriate care.
Class 3 Topics: PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS