Practice Management

  • 1.  Physician Volumes

    Posted 03-04-2022 14:08
    Hello,

    We recently updated our Epic ultrasound scheduling templates.  Currently, our physicians evaluate, meet with, and document on every patient with the exception of fluids unless a problem is seen during the ultrasound. This can be exhausting and lead to burn out if volumes are not monitored.  I am interested in seeing how many patients other MFM's are seeing on a daily basis.  Do any of you have offices that have similar workflows, if so, how many patients do your physicians see per day?

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    Ann M. Osbun RN,BSN
    Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
    St. Luke's University Health Network
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
    484-526-4456
    ann.osbun@sluhn.org
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  • 2.  RE: Physician Volumes

    Posted 03-07-2022 13:26
    Hi Ann,
    Do you mean how many ultrasound studies would one MFM see per day if covering U/S all day? I don't believe we have the specific answer to that in the current benchmarking database. However, the Practice Management Division is starting a monthly one-question survey in the SMFM (special delivery) newsletter. Next month's query is on that exact topic! I will post the results in the following SMFM monthly newsletter.
    Fadi

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    Fadi BSAT, MD, FAIUM
    Past Chair, SMFM Coding Committee
    Chair, SMFM Practice Management Division
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  • 3.  RE: Physician Volumes

    Posted 03-07-2022 14:02
    Hello,

    Thank you for your response.  I was looking for patients not just studies, as our physicians consult on every ultrasound patient except for normal fluid studies.  I do look forward to seeing the results of the survey.

    Ann

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    Ann M. Osbun RN,BSN
    Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
    St. Luke's University Health Network
    Bethlehem, PA 18015
    484-526-4456
    ann.osbun@sluhn.org
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  • 4.  RE: Physician Volumes

    Posted 03-08-2022 22:02
    Hi Ann,
    Our practice does the same thing, for every ultrasound we also consult. Or I guess you could say it the other way around, for every consult there is an ultrasound.
    We begin at 8:30 AM and have a patient every half an hour until 12. Break from 12:30 to 1:30, then have a patient every half an hour until 4, so we finish at 4:30. We are templated for 12, but have two double book spots, so most days it is 13-14. Some days it hits 16 because of add-ons and those days its hard to catch your breath. I couldn't sustain those days for very long.
    While we are in the office we are not responsible (generally) for rounding on the inpatients or reading ultrasounds that are performed in the remote OB offices. We have one partner assigned to the inpatient rounds and the remote reads for that day.

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    Lauren Carlos, MD
    West Chicago Suburbs
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