Practice Management

  • 1.  Contracts

    Posted 18 days ago
    To assist those fellows looking for a job, the SMFM has a fellows section where there will be a 30 minute discussion on contracts.  Dr Kacey Eichelberger is running the section and has asked me for a sample contract.   She is looking for as many contracts as possible to assist in the efforts of educating the fellows.  I have given a sample contract from my office with all identifying info removed.  Please assist in these efforts by similarly sending a sample contact to Dr. Eichelberger at Kacey.eichelberger@prismahealth.org

    Thanks in advance.

    Brian Iriye

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  • 2.  RE: Contracts

    Posted 16 days ago
    Brian, thanks so much for your help -- hoping SMFM will pull through here with generosity of spirit!

    After serving as Chair for three years, it is abundantly clear to me that a very real unmet training need is helping doctors understand the contracting process: what are the normal building blocks of a contract, what are the anatomic variations (if you will), what does the language actually mean, what does it do, etc? We are smart, highly teachable people and contracts are not rocket science.

    Building on a learning lab model I have used with our residents ("A Netter's Dissection of ObGyn Contracts"), I am offering a similar session specific to MFM at the upcoming Fellow's Retreat.  Much like anatomists who donate their bodies to the service of future students, would you consider donating your MFM contract so someone else down the line might have an easier path than you did?

     

    The fine print

    1. Asking someone to share a copy of their contact feels more intimate than asking someone to donate their blood.  I would love to unpack that someday.  What makes it so?
    2. For this MFM session specifically, your contract will never touch anyone's hands but mine. As the session is virtual and only 30 minutes, I will do all of the dissecting ahead of time and present to the group the anatomy and variations of the contracts explored.
    3. You are encouraged to redact all information that feels intimate.  Institution name, salary, wRVU thresholds, conversion factors, etc.  In fact, this is not an exercise to talk to them about numbers at all– I can get those far easier from MGMA, AAMC, Sullivan Cotter, etc.    What I am interested in here are the words … the pieces we don't pay as much attention to when we are reviewing our own contracts but are critically important.
    4. If you do not choose to redact identifying information, I will do so on the back end.
    5. Your contract will contribute to volume and therefore precision of my anatomic exercise – but no one contract will ever be displayed or discussed.  

    Thanks for considering.  I love this community of folks.

    Kacey Eichelberger


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