HAP Symposium Panel Focuses on Physician Leadership, Team-Based Care

At The Hospital and Healthysystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP’s) Patient Safety and Quality Symposium on Sept. 4, 2014, Gus Geraci, MD, consulting chief medical officer of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), joined Eric Dobkin, MD, chief quality officer vice president of quality and patient safety of Crozer-Keystone Health System and Michael Consuelos, MD, senior vice president of clinical integration at HAP, to talk to attendees about physician leadership and accelerating effective, team-based care.

Key themes of the panel discussion included:

  • Obtaining buy-in by doing what is necessary to get teams to work together
  • Finding agreement, measuring the right things, and reporting with transparency when implementing performance measures
  • Training physician leaders to work in teams and take possession and ownership of problems
  • Establishing mutual codes of conduct creating agreement and basic principles to improve quality and create high value for patients

Physicians have the greatest opportunity to impact outcomes and resources, the panel said. Creating an integrated and engaged physician workforce ensures the highest standard of care in our communities.

“Developing the physician leader within the health care team is a perpetual process, the continual refinement of how we effectively engage ensures that we all do what is right, providing the optimal level of care for our patients,” Dr. Geraci said.

PAMED and its physician leaders recognize the value of every member of the health care team, and are advocating for measures that will help keep Pennsylvania’s health care teams strong, physician-led, and patient-centered.