4 Tips for Onboarding a Physician Relationship Management Solution

The role of the physician liaison team is often understated, despite the fact that physician referral practices can greatly impact a health system’s overall performance and profitability.

To optimize growth in a competitive market, health organizations and liaison teams must work to develop and nurture relationships with physicians and providers.

Until recently, healthcare organizations have been challenged to quantify and categorize liaison efforts, which is part of the reason their role has been underestimated. For this reason, many health systems have implemented a physician relationship management (PRM) solution. As a centralized hub for physician engagement efforts, a PRM solution allows organizations to leverage existing data sets, develop actionable insights, and gain visibility into their liaison team practices.

As with any technology implementation, there are going to be challenges and hurdles along the way to overcome. We’ve outlined four strategies to ease the PRM transition process for the liaison team and the organization:

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Keri Braley

Keri Braley

Keri Braley serves as Evariant’s Manager of Customer Success, consulting with new and existing customers as they implement and optimize the use of the PRM and CRM tools into their business process. She has a special focus on physician relations and strategic business development. Prior to coming to Evariant, Keri spent 10 years as a physician liaison at two different hospital systems, doing strategic provider outreach and promotion, and producing analytics for the planning departments at each. Keri has also held roles in direct patient care, health disability benefit analysis, and healthcare alliance contracting.
Keri Braley

How to Extract Smarter Data from Physician Relationship Campaigns

Consider this statistic: Referral leakage for a health system can average anywhere from 55 to 65 percent. To put this in perspective, for a hospital with 100 affiliated providers, total referral leakage costs the health system between $78 million to $97 million per year.

That’s a big number, and one that illustrates the importance of building strong physician relationships within the provider community: Successful physician relationship campaigns can bring significant revenue back into the organization. As competition for referrals increases, incorporating a data-driven approach to physician alignment and engagement can reap dividends for an organization.

Integration of a Physician Relationship Management (PRM) solution is a start. It gives physician liaison teams a centralized system for tracking engagement activities. More than that, it provides liaisons with the ability to approach their outreach and campaigns strategically – and align them with organization-wide initiatives.

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Keri Braley

Keri Braley

Keri Braley serves as Evariant’s Manager of Customer Success, consulting with new and existing customers as they implement and optimize the use of the PRM and CRM tools into their business process. She has a special focus on physician relations and strategic business development. Prior to coming to Evariant, Keri spent 10 years as a physician liaison at two different hospital systems, doing strategic provider outreach and promotion, and producing analytics for the planning departments at each. Keri has also held roles in direct patient care, health disability benefit analysis, and healthcare alliance contracting.
Keri Braley

4 Steps Health Systems Can Take to Improve Their Physician Alignment Strategies

Improve Physician Alignment StrategiesThe road to becoming a physician demands many years of schooling and residency – the cost, time, and knowledge required, combined with a number of healthcare policy changes, discourages many young adults from pursuing this profession.

Simply put, the United States is not adding enough new physicians to keep up with the growing demand for them.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects that by the year 2030 there could be a physician shortfall as low as 40,000 doctors to as high as 104,000 doctors. Now more than ever, healthcare organizations must focus on attracting and retaining physicians to ensure organizational success.

To do this, health systems need to implement a comprehensive physician alignment strategy. If organizations do not start to plan, design, and execute a physician outreach and alignment program now, they won’t be able to overtake competitors or retain physicians in the future. The four steps outlined in this post can help ensure that health systems’ physician outreach strategy is well thought-out, data-driven, and ultimately leads to alignment.
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Emilio Ruocco

Emilio Ruocco

Emilio serves as Evariant’s Vice President, Physician Practice leader, ensuring the company’s Healthcare CRM/PRM, business intelligence and marketing solutions deliver maximum strategic value to clients; with particular emphasis on physician market analytics and business development. Prior to joining Evariant, Emilio was Senior Director, Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company, helping hospitals yield operational insight from internal systems and external data sets. He has also served as Leader of Customer Value and Insights at Healthways, a leading disease management and wellness firm; and Vice President, Strategic Communications for pharmacy benefits management company CaremarkRx, prior to its merger with CVS Pharmacy. Before entering the healthcare sector, Emilio held business development, investor relations and communications leadership roles for several public companies in a variety of industries.
Emilio Ruocco

How to Boost Physician Engagement with Claims Data Insight

Physicians are the lifeblood of healthcare organizations; by providing excellent patient care, they foster patient loyalty and bring revenue into the organization. Since they are so vital to healthcare operations, health systems need to keep their physicians productive and engaged. The best way to accomplish this is through a focused physician engagement strategy.

The first step in creating this strategy is collecting and analyzing data about physicians and the patients they treat. Specialized physician liaison teams use this data to inform their outreach strategies and ensure their efforts are communicated properly. This outreach is intended to help physicians improve the care they are giving their patients, handle issues physicians may be facing in their work, increase the number of in-network referrals physicians are providing, and boost financial performance.

Let’s look at how healthcare organizations can use claims data insights to create successful physician outreach efforts:
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Emilio Ruocco

Emilio Ruocco

Emilio serves as Evariant’s Vice President, Physician Practice leader, ensuring the company’s Healthcare CRM/PRM, business intelligence and marketing solutions deliver maximum strategic value to clients; with particular emphasis on physician market analytics and business development. Prior to joining Evariant, Emilio was Senior Director, Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company, helping hospitals yield operational insight from internal systems and external data sets. He has also served as Leader of Customer Value and Insights at Healthways, a leading disease management and wellness firm; and Vice President, Strategic Communications for pharmacy benefits management company CaremarkRx, prior to its merger with CVS Pharmacy. Before entering the healthcare sector, Emilio held business development, investor relations and communications leadership roles for several public companies in a variety of industries.
Emilio Ruocco

What’s the Secret to Effective Physician Alignment?

Effective Physician AlignmentThe changing nature of competition, the quest to improve patient experience, and patient channel innovation all require that healthcare institutions build relationships aligning with both physicians’ concerns and ambitions.

By effectively doing so, a health system may be able to deepen its referral network and in turn both retain and/or grow market share.

An effective physician alignment strategy is a critical component. Physician outreach teams need to take advantage of data, employ targeted communication, and resolve issues effectively to ensure physicians are committed to delivering the highest quality care and interested in referring to specialists in-network.

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Emilio Ruocco

Emilio Ruocco

Emilio serves as Evariant’s Vice President, Physician Practice leader, ensuring the company’s Healthcare CRM/PRM, business intelligence and marketing solutions deliver maximum strategic value to clients; with particular emphasis on physician market analytics and business development. Prior to joining Evariant, Emilio was Senior Director, Performance Technologies at The Advisory Board Company, helping hospitals yield operational insight from internal systems and external data sets. He has also served as Leader of Customer Value and Insights at Healthways, a leading disease management and wellness firm; and Vice President, Strategic Communications for pharmacy benefits management company CaremarkRx, prior to its merger with CVS Pharmacy. Before entering the healthcare sector, Emilio held business development, investor relations and communications leadership roles for several public companies in a variety of industries.
Emilio Ruocco