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Family physician clinical compensation: Moving away from the RVU

Family Doctor

In a recent article in Family Medicine, members of UW PATH describe the development and implementation of a population health-based physician compensation plan that shifted the focus away from relative value unit (RVU) productivity and towards panel management. Survey results from pre- and post-implementation showed that community physician satisfaction with the compensation structure rose from 33% to 74%, and satisfaction with the amount of compensation rose from 26% to 87%. 

Delivery of breast cancer follow-up care by different types of oncology providers

Woman talking to doctorDr. Heather Neuman et al. recently used a novel statistical technique to examine patterns of breast cancer follow-up care provided by different types of oncologists. They found that breast cancer survivors had a median of 3 follow-up visits per year. Among patients with high visit regularity, two-thirds received follow-up from a single oncologist type; conversely, among patients with low visit regularity, only 8% received follow-up from a single oncologist type.

"I have to live like I'm old." Young adults' perspectives on managing hypertension

Young man taking medicationIn a recent studyHeather Johnson et al. conducted focus groups with young adults with a diagnosis of hypertension to better understand their attitudes and reactions to being diagnosed with and managing hypertension. They found that having a hypertension diagnosis negatively altered the patients' "young" self-identity. Additionally, several barriers to hypertension follow-up visits and use of social media or texting for self-management were identified.

Practice variations in voice treatment selection following vocal fold mucosal resection

Vocal TreatmentIn a recent study, Jaime Moore et al. sought to characterize initial voice treatment selection following vocal fold mucosal resection in patients with Medicare coverage. They found that voice treatment—thyroplasty, vocal fold injection, or speech therapywas used in 14% of cases, and services were disproportionately utilized based on patient age, sex, and socioeconomic status. Most patients who did undergo treatment initially participated in speech therapy.

Engaging patients in team-based practice redesign

Patient EngagementIn a recent article in the Journal of General Internal MedicineSarah Davis, et al. describe the design and implementation of a comprehensive UW Health program that was implemented to engage patients in primary care quality improvement. The article discusses evaluation results from the program, as well as challenges and future plans. A toolkit with materials that were created to engage patients and team members in the program is available here.


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