Dr. Steve Jacobson, Associate Medical Director of Care Coordination, at The Everett Clinic spoke with radio hosts Shannon O'Kelley, President of Integrated Rehabilitation Group, and Maury Eskenazi on Health Matters, Fox Sports Radio, KRKO 1380 in November. He provided information about the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations and how healthcare providers could be affected by healthcare reform. “The good part that’s going to happen, I hope happens, is people who currently don’t have healthcare, get healthcare and if that happens I think we’ll be busy at The Everett Clinic,” said Dr. Jacobson.
Dr. Jacobson also answered questions about the demand for physicians and the role of hospitalists. Read the transcript. Listen to the entire interview.
Shannon O’Kelley: What is the situation? You often hear primary care physicians are high in demand, short in supply, is that currently a problem for any organization out there?
Dr. Jacobson: We’ve been very fortunate in attracting primary care physicians at The Everett Clinic. We’ve actually added, this is total, about 80 new providers in the last year. So, it’s been really a growth mode, which has been good. Some really fantastic people we’ve added at the organization, and a number of those are family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, nurse practitioners that are in primary care. We’re hiring right now. We’ve got some recruitment going on for both family docs and internal medicine and so hope to add some more as well.
Maury Eskenazi: So, kids, any kids that are listening right now, sign up and go to medical school. Go study!
Shannon O’Kelley: I mean, heath care, actually, from a career standpoint, has a great future for anybody ‘cause the demand’s going to be there.
Shannon O’Kelley: Right now, we hear about these hospitalists, these internal medicine physicians that are being hired that actually work, that actually office, in the hospital. Have you seen that in this area happening frequently?
Dr. Jacobson: Actually, Providence and The Everett Clinic work together on a medical hospital team at Providence and, actually, The Everett Clinic has oversight of that and the docs are Everett Clinic docs. We have a group of about 40 internists and nurse practitioners that work at Providence. They do a great job. So, if you were to be admitted with a chronic condition or internal medicine type condition - pneumonia, congestive heart failure, you name it; that’s going to be taken care of here at the local Providence Everett.
Shannon O’Kelley: And the ultimate goal is having that physician in house. They are going to be able to follow that patient through. You’re not going to have to wait to call from an outside source to get the physician there on site. They’re there right now. So they’re admitting and taking care of the patient from start to finish then.
Dr. Jacobson: Yes, 24/7, 365 days a year they’re there. I believe the very minimum is two on that team there at any given time. During a busy day, they probably have in the 10 range that are seeing patients. So, if somebody came into the emergency room, got admitted in the middle of the night, there’s going to be a bright, alert, awake doctor to take care of you as opposed to somebody gettin’ called in from home.
Shannon O’Kelley: Hmm, there you go.
Maury Eskenazi: That’s good to know. I thought you were going to say as opposed to somebody working the shift at 7-Eleven gonna’ come in and go, “What’s going on? How you doin’?”
Shannon O’Kelley: Health care, we live in a time, right now where back in the mid-90s we were talking potentially managed care and there was some shifting of healthcare providers, but it’s really here right now, it’s happening, it’s here to stay, and basically we’ve kind of thrown it against the wall and it’s stuck. So again, you guys have resources for patients to call or go to the website?
Dr. Jacobson: Yeah, take a look at everettclinic.com. There’s information on the website. It’s really our goal to take great care of our patients. We have three core values that we live by. Number one is do what’s right for each patient. Number two: provide a great workplace. And number three, provide value and that’s an equation of service, quality and cost. That’s our mantra. We try to work at it every day.
About Health Matters
Health Matters Radio airs Monday nights at 6 p.m. on Fox Sports Radio, KRKO 1380 - Listen to local medical experts and specialists as they answer your questions. Shannon O'Kelley, MPT, Integrated Rehabilitation Group President talks with doctors, surgeons, physical and hand therapists, athletic trainers and other health specialists along with Maury Eskenazi.