ACPE grooms doc­tors for grow­ing num­ber of physi­cian-ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions

Modern Healthcare - - THE WEEK AHEAD - —An­dis Robeznieks

Mov­ing into man­age­ment tra­di­tion­ally was seen as a way for physi­cians to ease into re­tire­ment. But physi­cian ex­ec­u­tives now are in high de­mand. They are be­ing re­cruited to lead de­liv­ery-sys­tem re­forms as in­sur­ers and providers shift to pay­ing for value rather than vol­ume.

The Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physi­cian Ex­ec­u­tives has been of­fer­ing doc­tors ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams to im­prove their man­age­ment and lead­er­ship skills since its found­ing. About 800 people are ex­pected to at­tend the col­lege’s an­nual meet­ing April 25-29 in Chicago. CEO Dr. Peter An­good has been push­ing to ex­pand the group’s tra­di­tional mis­sion from serv­ing as a con­tin­u­ing med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion provider for mid­ca­reer physi­cians to help­ing shape na­tional health­care pol­icy and serv­ing doc­tors at all stages of their ca­reers.

The agenda for this year’s meet­ing re­flects this goal. A sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the meet­ing will fo­cus on the ef­fects of the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, the chal­lenges physi­cian CEOs face in mea­sur­ing qual­ity, costs and value, and what it takes to be a suc­cess­ful physi­cian in the C-suite. The meet­ing will also fea­ture a new thought lead­er­ship fo­rum. Meet­ing speak­ers in­clude: Dr. Joe Selby, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Pa­tient-Cen­tered Out­comes Re­search In­sti­tute; Dr. Robert Wachter, a noted pa­tient-safety ad­vo­cate; Dr. Frank Opelka, CEO of the LSU Health­care Net­work; Dr. Ram Raju, the new pres­i­dent and CEO of the New York City Health and Hos­pi­tals Corp.; and Dr. Bruce Ba­gley, CEO of Trans­forMED, the con­sult­ing arm of the Amer­i­can Academy of Fam­ily Physi­cians, who will speak on is­sues sur­round­ing pa­tient-cen­tered med­i­cal homes.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing time to be a physi­cian leader,” An­good said.


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