Nov. 09, 2015
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doctors are going back to school — to learn how to be better leaders, and navigate
the complex world of accountable care.
first capstone event of the Texas
Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Accountable Care Leadership
Development program concluded Saturday, during which 14 physicians from
across Texas fully completed and graduated from the course. TMA presents the
program under the oversight of The University of Texas at Dallas (UT-Dallas) to
help physicians learn about being leaders in medicine, and about accountable
care organizations (ACOs) and how their practice might interact with — or help
launch — one.
is changing, and who better than TMA to help empower our physician leaders of
today and tomorrow to adapt to, and help orchestrate, these changes?” said Tom
Garcia, MD, TMA president. “I am truly excited that our TMA is offering physicians
guidance to help them thrive and succeed in the leadership and business aspects
of medical practice.”
Deegan, MD, a UT-Dallas clinical
professor of health care leadership and innovation, presents
the course. “I have enjoyed working with TMA
members throughout the state to help them make the transition from traditional
care delivery and reimbursement models to new models that will help them
survive and thrive as health care delivery and reimbursement change,” said Dr. Deegan.
Physicians are leaders of the health care team, and many
are leaders as owners of their medical practice. Regardless of their
experience, they can benefit from formal leadership training. And for those who
might want to join or lead formation of an ACO, the course provides necessary
insight and skills to succeed.
Generally speaking, an ACO is a collaboration of physicians
and health care providers who accept accountability for the costs and quality of
care of a defined population of patients. The goal is to reduce costs while
improving quality of patient health care. It replaces the long-standing
fee-for-service model of health care delivery, in which the patient pays for a
diagnosis or a treatment. Many early ACOs were set up by hospitals, or at least
included a hospital as a major participant.
Yet many physicians want to remain independent doctors,
not owned by or formal partners with hospitals. That’s why the need to educate
physicians about ACOs developed, so if doctors want to form or join an ACO
without hospital participation, they know how. TMA’s new physician services organization, TMA
PracticeEdge, LLC (a
supporting partner in this education program) helps independent physicians and
doctor groups “go it alone” — apart from hospital ownership or partnership — together
by empowering them to unite efforts to provide better care for their patients
and better practice management for their offices. And if they choose to
formalize that effort by forming an ACO together, TMA’s Accountable Care Leadership Development program can help guide the way.
That’s one reason Brenda Vozza-Zeid, MD, a Henderson
internist, decided to enroll.
“After taking this course I feel better prepared for the
many changes that are coming in health care,” said Dr. Vozza-Zeid. “It has helped
strengthen my leadership skills and helped me to better work with people and
make positive changes in the future.”
The genesis for the change in health care delivery models
is health system reform driven by the federal government, pressuring physicians
and hospitals to control cost and improve quality in the nation’s health care
delivery system. Accountable care was born.
The ACO leadership class requires a huge time commitment
from already-busy physicians. It
incorporates 12 study units including the capstone event, each averaging 8-10 hours to complete. Units feature topics like managing change, practice
improvement tools, and creating value for patients and payers. Participating
physicians receive 85 hours of continuing medical education credit upon
initial class participants vary in age, practice specialty, practice size, and
geographic location across Texas. A few have already formed their own ACO, including
one rural physician group who did so under the guidance of TMA PracticeEdge.
already is soliciting physician-students for the next Accountable Care Leadership Development program term.
“I highly recommend this course, and thank TMA for
providing me this wonderful educational opportunity,” said Dr. Vozza-Zeid.
TMA Accountable Care Leadership Program Graduates and their
- Saba Asad, MD, of Fort Worth
- Luis M. Benavides, MD, of Laredo
- Gregory M Fuller, MD, of Keller
- Oscar Garza, MD, or Pearsall
- Brenna Gerdelman, MD, of Austin
- Sander Gothard, MD, of Plano
- C. Shane Hall, MD, of McKinney
- Jeffrey B. Kahn, MD, of Austin
- Lianne Marks, MD, PhD, FACP, of Round Rock
- Phuong-Khanh Jessica Nguyen-Trong, MD, of Dallas
- Garth Vaz, MD, of Gonzales
- John F. Villacis, MD, of Austin
- Brenda Vozza-Zeid, MD, of Henderson
- Kevin Winfield, MD, of Houston
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