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Retreat focuses on improving vitality, compensation system
Seventy-seven faculty and staff attended a half day retreat on May 10 focused on supporting faculty vitality and improving our compensation system. The retreat was skillfully facilitated by former long time faculty member, Ann Sinclair MSW.
The retreat agenda was carefully crafted by a broadly-representative planning group which included: Pat Eiff, MD; Roger Garvin, MD; Meg Hayes, MD; Brian Frank, MD; Cat Livingston, MD; Emily Jacobsen, PA-C; Laura Charron, Alex Verdieck Devlaeminck, MD; Ben Cox, MBA; Johanna Warren, MD; Peggy O’Neill, BA; Kristi Coleman, MD; Sumathi Devarajan, MD; and Melinda Davis, PhD. A pre-retreat survey collected input from faculty on subjects related to faculty job satisfaction, wellness and compensation. The survey achieved an impressive 79% response rate. The planning committee also compiled a FAQ document about compensation that will be used in the future to assist new faculty as part of their orientation.
Two working groups will be formed in the next few weeks, one focused on improving faculty vitality and one focused on improving our faculty compensation system. These groups will incorporate the input generated during the small group discussions at the retreat, along with the results of the pre-retreat survey to devise recommendations for change to improve our workplace. They will give us a progress report in three months. It is expected that the groups will meet through the 2013-14 academic year. If you are interested in participating in either of these work groups, and you haven’t yet completed the interest form used during the retreat, please contact Pat Eiff.
Improving Diabetes Care
Family Medicine at Richmond saw diabetic A1C testing increase from 67% in October to 79% in February, thanks to a clinic-wide quality improvement plan incentivized by CareOregon’s Primary Care Renewal Program. The focus was to improve rates of diabetics receiving A1C tests and improving A1C control by at least 3% over the past five months. Improvement work was led by Colleen Howard, RN care manager, who focused on team coordinators performing outreach to diabetics coming due for testing and rechecks, MAs ordering indicated tests at the visits, RNs performing self-care management for indicated patients, and providers updating plans of care at clinic visits.
The data was reported monthly to CareOregon, which compensates the clinics with a pay-for-performance bonus.