Two Physicians Appointed to TJU/U.S. Healthcare Managed
Two physicians have been appointed as the first fellows in the
US Quality Algorithms (USQA) Managed Care Fellowship Program at Jefferson.
They are Robin Smith, MD, and Ralph Bischof, MD
The fellowship is a first-of-kind collaboration between one of the country's
foremost managed care companies, U.S. Healthcare, which provides the funding,
and a leading academic medical center. The fellowship will train a new generation
of physican-managers to take influential roles in managed care organizations,
and to measure and improve the quality and efficiency of patient care services.
During the one-year postgraduate program, fellows pursue a full-time curriculum
of course work, practicum experience, research and patient care focused
on the tenets of quality management and clinical outcomes measurement.
"Our goal is to develop a new generation of physician-managers with
the skills to be leaders in a rapidly transforming healthcare delivery system,"
explains David B. Nash, MD, MBA, director of Health Policy and Clinical
Outcomes and fellowship co-director.
The fellowship curriculum includes modules such as medical informatics,
biostatistics and epidemiology, quality and utilization management, and
the organization of integrated healthcare delivery systems. The program
is geared towards physicians who have completed a residency in internal
medicine, family practice or pediatrics, as well as other medical backgrounds.
It involves a dozen faculty members across three Jefferson departments and
an equal number of U.S. Healthcare medical directors, says Dr. Nash.
"There is no program or curriculum like this in any place, anywhere
- so far," adds Dr. Nash. "That's what so exciting about it ­p;
there is nothing like it anywhere in the United States, though I am sure
other companies will eventually mimic what U.S. Healthcare has done jointly