Job #2491 SJob Description:
Illinois - Family Practice - Wound Care
Illinois Family Practice Opportunity - Wound Care
Family Practice opportunity - Wound Care in Champaign and Rockford, IL.
One of the nations leading physician groups delivering skin and wound care services at bedside to patients in over 1,200 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout 24 states, and over 130 physicians nationwide. As a result of their continued success over the past 10 years they are expanding their practice to an area near the physician.
• Provide physician training in their model for delivering skin, wound and limb salvage services at bedside to patients in skilled nursing and rehab facilities;
• Assign facilities in a geographic area convenient to the physicians residence;
• Allow each physician the ability to achieve their unique balance of compensation and life-style.
• Offer a practice with No weekends, No Nights, No holidays, No On-call, and the ability to develop a customized regular weekly schedule.
Notably, they also:
• Provide significantly better clinical outcomes to a population that truly benefits from and appreciates from our services;
Physicians joining their practice include Family Practitioners, Surgeons, and Internists, etc… Although life-style is an attraction, their physicians also enjoy doing procedures and seeing the results of their efforts by providing a much needed service to a neglected population.
Physicians interested in this opportunity must be able to commit to 3 days at minimum per week and they must be the same 3 days each week (e.g., 24- 30 hours Mon-Friday between 7 A.M. and 4 PM); Physicians will round on patients between these hours at Skilled Nursing Facilities, Long Term Acute Centers and/or Rehabilitation Hospitals. Physicians work and lead of a team of fully staffed nurses and ancillary support staff within each facility. Physicians here typically work approximately 8 hours or less per day.
They attract physicians who enjoy a focused, procedure oriented practice where they can work weekdays only and control the hours (min. 3 days per week) and realize competitive productivity based compensation.
Hours: Weekdays Only ( Monday – Friday between 7 am and 4 pm). Min. 25 hours per week. Physician can set up their schedule to match their life-style but it must be the same hours every week with no on-call obligations during that time. Typically full days work better and AM hours rather than afternoon hours.
Contract and Compensation Arrangement
All of their physicians are contractors, although most work full time on a permanent basis providing services at facilities within a 45 minute drive from where they live.
Their compensation is 100% productivity based (determined by what they enter into the electronic medical record they carry with them on a netbook). On average, their physicians earn between $800 - $1,000 per day ($160,000 - $250,000 per year).
Residence and License Requirements
Physicians must already be living in (or very near) the community they are to work in and hold an unblemished license in the location.
Training and Practice
The training process typically takes 3 consecutive weeks based on the physicians’ experience. The first week of orientation will be in South Florida at their corporate office, the following weeks will be held at their many training facilities throughout the U.S. They reimburse the physician a stipend to pay for travel, hotel, (within their travel reimbursement guidelines) and provide didactic materials. Candidates simply invest their time, but gain cutting edge wound care knowledge in doing so.
They will also provide the physician with a net book computer and the necessary training tools for proper documentation through their proprietary electronic medical record system. During the physician’s orientation in South Florida, the physician will not only be introduced to their executive staff and clinicians the physician will also gain a formalized training in basic and advanced wound care. During orientation the physician will meet with the physicians regional practice manager who will arrange appointments for the physician to meet with the key staff members within their contracted facilities (medical directors, administrators, directors of nursing) when the physician finishes training. The physician will then establish a schedule to round each week on a regular basis at facilities proximate to where the physician live to build a successful wound care practice in the physician r area. The practice manager for the area in which the physician will be working as well as their medical directors and the physician’s trainers will be available to the physician for any on-going support within the field throughout the physician’s tenure with the group.
Clinicians are compensated based on the clinical data they enter into the EMR, with their national average of approximately $800- $1,000 per day. With that said there is no lag time/ waiting for re-imbursement. They pay their clinicians on the 12th of each month, for the previous months work.
As mentioned above, at the end of the training period their regional manager will then schedule a meet and greet with the physicians facilities and typically the physician will start seeing patients the following week. The following week the physician will typically see approximately 15-25 patients in 2-3 facilities (as all of the patients are new and require more time for assessment, evaluation, and documentation within the EMR). Their Medical Director’s will review the physician’s documentation ensuring the physicians are providing quality service and adequate documentation. They will continue to increase the physician’s volume of new patients each week at a pace the physicians are comfortable with until the physician reaches the physician r expected goal (typically 75-125 patients per week full-time, or 60 patients per week part-time). Dependent upon the physician r learning curve and efficiency, as well as the local market this process may take from as little as a few weeks, to as much as 3 months in total.
When the physician arrives at the physicians facilities each week, a designated “wound care nurse” will have a list of patients requiring follow-up from the prior week and new patients identified by the nursing staff they wish to be seen. The wound nurse will round with the physician on patients at bedside with a wound care cart that will have most of the dressings and other items required. Their physicians carry nominal supplies (e.g disposable scalpels, forceps, topical anesthetic spray) which they can order through the company and have delivered to the physician’s home or the physician may elect to obtain the supplies locally. Their approach to wound care is a team approach that in which has proven to show better outcomes and proven clinical results.
The medical directors are available by phone and on-site for any support the physician may need, as well as the trainers and mentors.
The medical directors and external compliance auditors review the physician’s notes on a regular base, and follow-up with the physician to provide support and assistance when needed.
The group typically holds national meetings in conjunction with national accredited wound care organizations, to provide on-going education to their physicians. Further, they encourage all of their physicians to become wound care certified.
They also offer malpractice coverage, which includes tail coverage through an A+ rated insurance firm (although some physicians use their own). They also provided the physician with in-house counsel who can assist the physician, if an adverse issue arises.
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