By Amy Engebretson, Senior Customer Project Manager
Sharing on-call responsibility between multiple small groups brings the opportunity for less frequent Call duty for everyone.
Typically the physician on-call agreement is reviewed once a year by a “study group” of a few doctors who come up with recommendations for the whole group to decide upon. Part of the review should include how you will split up on-call fairly, especially when you are “maxed out” due to changes such as:
One solution is to form a Shared-Call Group in partnership with several other compatible practices so members only have to take on-call weekends every two months or so. It is especially valuable to use on-line Scheduling Software to do this, so you can automate your part of the schedule while “blocking” the portions of the calendar that will be covered by the Other Group, and the Shared-Call results are viewable by all parties in real-time.
What are some of the issues involved in generating and publishing a shared On-Call Group schedule, and how can physician scheduling software help you overcome them? Even if shared on-call expectations are in writing, questions may remain, such as:
The answer to the mystery question “Exactly when is My Group on-call?” is… “Let me check the APP on my phone!”
— A “master view” of Group-A/ Group-B schedule is located in one place.
— The local ED gets only one view; there are not two differently updated schedules sent.
— Easily create Sub-views displaying only “Group-A” schedule, or only “Group-B”, or even sub-specialized views coming from more than one schedule (MDs/ PAs, Clinical/Surgical, Satellite only)
— Eliminate the need for administrative staff to manually enter the Group-A/ Group-B structure with potential mistakes.
— Be able to automate filling your part of the schedule!
— Eliminate duplicate coverage or “empty holes”
— If a Group member loses a provider that impacts the Shared-Call pattern, the “template” for the Shared on-call can be re-figured and re-exported so the Shared-Call can be re-done by the appropriate schedulers.
— Real-time views so the correct physician is called based on the most current schedule.
— Assignments automatically feed into smartphones and iCal, so Providers always know is it “Us”, is it “ME” or “THEM”
Split up on-call responsibility using a Shared-Call Group, and help provide the flexibility Physicians value along with the frequency available in larger practices.
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