Tip of the week: Offer physicians incentive to show up to meetings on time
Published August 2012
One way to beef up attendance at medical staff meetings is to make sure the meetings start on time (and don't run long). If your physicians are showing up five to 10 minutes late to a meeting, the entire meeting may be thrown off schedule. For this reason, OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville, Miss. raffles $100 cash at its general medical staff meetings—but physicians must be signed into the meeting by 6 p.m. to be eligible to win. The organization calls the raffle its "timeliness award." Next to the sign-in sheet is a pen with a specific color of ink. At 6:01 p.m., Linda Blake, medical staff coordinator, swaps out that pen for a differently colored one. When a name is drawn, she checks to see what color ink the physician's name is written in. This way, everyone in the room knows whether a physician has missed the chance to win $100 because he or she was late to the meeting.
"It is negative-positive reinforcement," says Blake.
This week's tip is from Credentialing Resource Center Journal, HCPro, Inc.'s monthly credentialing newsletter.