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Message from Lewis Low, M.D.

November 2012

Lewis Low, M.D.

As Legacy’s new chief medical officer, I believe Legacy should have a unique relationship with the physicians who practice here.

I’m completely committed to working with our independent physicians, together with our employed ones. We can provide stability and support for both groups, even as the rest of the local market moves closer and closer to employed, closed-staff models.

A system that helps you

As you know, medicine is not all about money. It’s about having a system that helps you provide high-quality care for your patients, feel connected and listened to, and reach the level of professional practice you desire.

At the same time, the world is making medicine about money. We will increasingly be paid for meeting quality standards and keeping our patients healthy. Reimbursement will be affected not just by clinical outcomes but by patient satisfaction. Health care is undergoing a transformation, and Legacy is deeply engaged in making that possible. Just two examples: our primary care health homes were ahead of the market, and we are leaders in developing Health Share of Oregon. Watch for more on these topics in coming eDocTalk issues.

The power of partnership

These and other activities have shown us the power of partnership, which is what the future looks like. In that future, our relationship with physicians — what we refer to as “alignment”— is more important than ever. We cannot navigate the transformed world of health care without physicians as full partners. I feel the opposite is also true, and my goal is to work with you to find the ways we can all thrive.

As I make my rounds among all of you, I hear your thirst for information and dialogue. I know we need to step up the two-way flow of communication; it’s the basis of the strong, dynamic partnership I envision.

Improving two-way communication

This electronic version of DocTalk is just the start of improving information flow — in both directions. We’ll send this newsletter to you each month, with a commitment to keep the content timely, scan-able and most importantly, relevant to you. I invite you to email me at llow@lhs.org with suggestions for topics, to ask questions and to comment on articles. With each issue we’ll work to respond better to your needs.

I’m also striving to hear you in other ways — going to Legacy site Medical Executive Committee and general staff meetings, participating in dialogue sessions, meeting one-on-one with many of you, attending physician-related events in the community and actively reviewing your responses to our latest provider survey.

I welcome your thoughts and hope that you enjoy the new eDocTalk.

 

Lewis