The American Journal of Managed Care interviewed Dr. Richard Seidman, Chief Medical Officer of L.A. Care, about the agency's Physician Leadership Program. In "LA-based Health Plan Is Training Physicians to Become Better Leaders", Dr. Seidman explains why L.A. Care is investing in leadership training for health care providers.
The physicians are taking the leadership training, presumably doing the jobs at their clinics that much better, and working with the rest of their leadership teams. They’re also assuming leadership roles in our local clinic association to help drive performance of the entire association of clinics, all of whom are in our network. So, it’s a force multiplier effect. The stronger leaders we have in our network, the better off we all are.
--Richard Seidman, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Officer, L.A. Care
The 6-month training program is currently working with its second class. Participants go through in-person seminars, webinars and hear from guest lecturers. Topics include leadership style, understanding healthcare disparities, and managing healthcare services and finances. The goal is to achieve a triple aim of better health and better healthcare at a lower cost.
Seidman added that L.A. Care understands that "member outcomes and member experiences are dependent upon and so greatly influenced by the care they get at the practice level...plans obviously play an important role, but at the end of the day, patients are assigned to providers, where they get their care."
For more information, visit the Physician Leadership Program page.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.