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SUM 2018

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PracticeLink.com S UMMER 2018 23 C A R E E R M OV E What's the most challenging part? I don't like how insurance companies take advantage of hospitals and patients by denying them care when it's appropriate for them to have the care. The physician adviser's role is to be an advocate for that patient. As denials are issued by an insurance company, the physician adviser reviews the case, talks with the doctors who were involved and makes the decision to appeal the decision or work toward a safe discharge plan if that's an accurate decision. Was there anything about becoming a physician adviser that surprised you? In some hospitals, there's a large divide between the administration and the medical staff. So, there's some natural pushback by the medical staff on what the physician adviser does. In some organizations, the physician adviser is looked at as an outsider, not really a member of the medical staff. I don't have this problem. Those that do have to work hard to be credible and to gain the trust of the physicians on the medical staff, make them understand that the physician adviser is there to help them and their patients. Physician advisers are not just somebody from administration telling them what to do. How can other physicians pursue physician adviser roles? The optimal candidate is a primary care physician, although there are a lot of non-primary care physicians that do it. The primary care physician has a somewhat greater perspective on a wider variety of cases that come into a hospital. Interested physicians should spend some time with a physician adviser in a hospital to get to see what they Clinical experience and administrative interest uniquely position physician advisers to be a link between the two. · Photo by William Hendra See this issue's physicians in exclusive video interviews at Facebook.com/PracticeLink

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