National Association Creates Standards of Practice and Scope of Services for the Physician Advisor Role

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The Association of Physician Leadership in Care Management (APLCM) releases formal standards to meet the current needs of case management, specifically, the changing and expanding Physician Advisor role.

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“As the delivery of high-quality patient care in the most cost-effective manner becomes ever more important, the physician advisor role continues to evolve in dynamic and impactful ways.”

The Association of Physician Leadership in Care Management (APLCM), a non-profit membership association that supports physician advisors and the integrated healthcare case management team, announces the creation of standards of practice and scope of services for the physician advisor role. These standards of care were designed to guide the healthcare industry by clearly outlining the requirements and competencies needed to function in today’s ever changing and demanding physician advisor role.

“The physician advisor is the primary liaison who transmits timely and accurate information between attending physicians, case managers, utilization review, IT and hospital administration,” said APLCM President Robert Grant, MD, MSc, FACS, physician advisor and chairman of the Utilization Management Committee at New York Presbyterian hospital. “As the delivery of high-quality patient care in the most cost-effective manner becomes ever more important, the physician advisor role continues to evolve in dynamic and impactful ways.”

To understand the interdependencies among all who provide care coordination and utilization management services, APLCM worked collaboratively with the American Case Management Association in developing the physician advisor standards.

The standards are designed as a framework demonstrating the competencies and skill set that can be expected of physicians in leadership roles in care management. They can be considered as a template upon which physicians new to the field, as well as experienced care management physician leaders can measure their own abilities and skill sets.

“Our goal is that the standards will help physician colleagues, case managers and administrators better understand the tangible fund of knowledge that highly skilled physician advisors possess,” Grant said.

The physician advisor standards address the topics of professionalism, leadership, advocacy, accountability, communications, collaboration, regulatory knowledge, continuum of care perspective and data literacy.

The physician advisor scope of services outlines the general expectations and responsibilities of the role on the topics of advocating, care progression and transitions, education, utilization management, medical necessity reviews and compliance, and clinical documentation.

Dr. Grant will formally present the Physician Advisor Standards of Practice and Scope of Services at the ACMA/APLCM Leadership and Physician Advisor Conference this Friday, November 15, 2019 in Miami. To learn more, visit http://www.aplcm.org.

About APLCM
The Association of Physician Leadership in Care Management (APLCM) was established to support the evolving role of physician advisors, medical directors, chief medical officers and transition of care leaders who work within case management teams. Their goal is to develop and direct activities to benefit the physician care management community, physician members and ultimately patients and families through collaboration, networking, research, education, training, knowledge, and publication opportunities. Founded in 2017, APLCM is a nonprofit association with the support of the American Case Management Association (ACMA). For more information visit http://www.aplcm.org.

About ACMA:
Founded in 1999, the American Case Management Association (ACMA) is the largest national, non-profit, professional membership association, which strives to provide resources, solutions and support for Case Management and Transitions of Care professionals. ACMA is comprised of more than 9,000 members nationwide, including nurses, social workers, physicians and other professionals affiliated with case management and over 31,000 educational subscribers. Through a variety of educational conferences and networking events at both the state and national level, ACMA provides its members with numerous opportunities to develop their skills, grow in their profession and learn from the experiences and practices of fellow members. For more information, visit http://www.acmaweb.org.

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