PRESS RELEASE: Physicians, Hospitals and ED Call: Effective Solutions to Shared Problems Seminar - January 13, 2007 in Palm Springs, CA

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Phone: (800) 650-6787

MARBLEHEAD, MA USA -- HEALTHCARE UPDATE NEWS SERVICE(TM) -- DECEMBER 13, 2006: Learn cutting edge strategies and tools for simultaneously meeting the needs of physicians, the hospital, and the community for ED call.

Join HCPro, Inc. on Saturday, January 13, 2007, for the Physicians, Hospitals and ED Call: Effective Solutions to Shared Problems seminar in Palm Springs, CA. During this informative program, two of the country's most effective physician leadership educators, Richard A. Sheff, MD, and Todd Sagin, MD, JD will present methods on how to bring physicians and hospital leaders together in an effort to develop new and creative approaches to the challenge of ED call.

Physician coverage of emergency department call has become one of the most contentious issues between physicians and hospitals today. "Two years ago, we weren't paying any physicians for ED call. Today we're paying $2.3 million a year, and the physicians are more unhappy now that they were two years ago!" states one hospital CEO. This in-depth seminar will lead participants through instructive presentations, interactive discussions, and small group work sessions addressing how physicians and hospitals can work together to tackle the many issues surrounding ED call today.


Attend this seminar and learn specific action steps to make your ED Call program a tool for driving the success of your organization. To register, go to or call 800/650-6787 and mention Source Code ET53540A.

  • Call Challenges: Why is this so hard today?

  • On call responsibilities: the legal duties
    • EMTALA myths and truths
    • EMTALA violations reporting and penalties
    • Handling transfers

  • Is ED call a solvable problem? No! Now what?
    • Polarity Management™: How to diagnose and manage unsolvable problems
    • Balancing the needs of physicians, the hospital and your community regarding ED call

  • How to create fairness in your ED call strategy
    • Strategies for limiting the "slipperiness and steepness" of the slippery slope
    • How to decide which physicians should be paid for call, and which should not?
    • Developing principles for ED call responsibilities and compensation

  • Compensation models
    • Stipends
    • Fee for service
    • "Making whole"
    • Activation fees
    • Employment
    • RBRVS models for ED call compensation
    • Deferred compensation

  • Compensation Implementation
    • Legal review
    • Cultivating medical staff support
    • Board approval
    • Contracting
    • Oversight of performance and compliance

  • ED Call and Privileges
    • How to respond to physicians dropping privileges to get out of call

  • ED Call for Older Physicians
    • Should medical staffs exempt senior physicians from call?

  • Additional strategies
    • Getting the Most Out of Your Hospitalist Program to Reduce the ED Call Burden
    • Sovereign immunity
    • Malpractice insurance coverage
    • RFPs and bidding

  • What to Do If the Hospital and Physicians Reach an Impasse Over Call

  • Creating Your Own Action Plan for ED Call

RICHARD A. SHEFF, MD, serves as chairman and executive director of The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc. He is a leading faculty member for The Greeley Company's national seminars and provides educational and consulting services in a wide range of areas to hospitals, physician organizations, and other healthcare entities. He has also authored numerous books on healthcare related topics, is a popular national speaker, and serves on the faculty of the American College of Physician Executives and The Governance Institute. His previous positions include VPMA, IPA president, PHO medical director, president of a corporation that owned and operated physician practices, and group practice medical director.

TODD SAGIN, MD, JD, is vice president and national medical director of The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc. He is recognized as a national expert and popular speaker on medical staff affairs and hospital leadership. Dr. Sagin consults with health systems and physician groups across the country on matters that include healthcare quality, patient safety, and physician performance improvement. His extensive clinical and executive experience includes leadership positions in community hospitals, group practices, and health systems. At Temple University Health System in Philadelphia, he served as vice president and chief medical officer and chair of the Department of Family Medicine.


  • Medical Staff Leaders
  • CEOs
  • COOs
  • VPMAs
  • CMOs
  • ED Chairs
  • Directors
  • Vice Presidents of Patient Care
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Legal Counsel and Board Members

Sign-up today to take advantage of our discounted room rate (valid until 12/19/07) and to reserve your seat.

Simply click below: or call 800/650-6787 and mention Source Code ET53540A.