Becker’s Clinical Leadership Virtual Event: 5 Qs with Dr. James Kravec, market chief clinical officer at Mercy Health Youngstown

Editors note: Responses have actually been lightly modified for style and clarity.

Mackenzie Bean –
Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
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As part of a continuous series, Beckers is speaking with health care leaders who plan to speak at the very first Beckers Healthcare Clinical Leadership Virtual Event Sept. 9-10.

To find out more about the conference and Dr. Kravecs session, click here.

James Kravec, MD, market chief scientific officer at Mercy Health Youngstown (Ohio), will serve on the panel, “Top Priorities for Chief Clinical Officers in 2020 and Beyond.”.

Concern: What medical initiative is using up the majority of your time and attention right now?

Dr. James Kravec: I am focusing much of my time on the development of primary care and the requirement for increased client access in workplaces and in our network. I understand that the changing healthcare model will continue to focus on main care quality metrics and network utilization. This is clear from what I observe and check out about, in your area and nationally. As we grow the network, we require medical care physicians, in addition to increased access points, to permit the quality measures in main care to be best recognized..

Q: What is your greatest patient care issue amidst the pandemic and how are you working to resolve it?

JK: I stress over the patients who require persistent care and are choosing to stay at home due to concerns about COVID-19. I have stated often times that hospitals are safe, but I understand the issues. We are working on virtual care and making this a pillar in both primary care workplaces and hospital settings for doctors and relative who wish to practically visit. Virtual care was resisted by doctors, clients and payers alike prior to the pandemic, but it appears like we have actually switched to across-the-board approval..

Q: Whats one lesson you learned early in your career that has helped you lead in health care?

JK: I have frequently heard the expression “thats not my task.” I find it to be a statement that can cause an individual to be less successful in whatever field she or he may work. All of us have functions in our personal and expert life, but there are always times when we are asked to do something that might not “be our job.” As I have actually learned this in all strolls of life, it is even more important in health care. It does not matter what our role remains in healthcare– from a doctor to nurse to service technician to administrator– we are called to get out of our comfort zone and typical regular routinely. In addition, lot of times as administrators and physicians, we are asked to take on various duties. This might not be “our job,” but it separates one leader from another who might not be such a leader..

Q: Whats the most important way medical leaders can support their teams well-being and resilience during the pandemic?

With COVID-19 and the ever-changing clinical info, a lot of medical caregivers and administrations have taken little time off for many months. As a leader, we need to insist that our group takes time away, unplugged.

Q: Where are the biggest chances for patient security or quality enhancements in 2020 and beyond?

JK: Although we will continue to concentrate on hospital-based safety metrics such as Clostridium difficile rates, sepsis mortality and readmissions, the focus is altering to ambulatory-based metrics in my viewpoint. This year, Mercy Health Youngstown continues to focus our essential efficiency indications on both. However, the ambulatory metrics such as colon cancer screening and mammography rates, reduction in Hemoglobin A1C and blood pressure control will increase in importance as we focus on general health and decrease in hospitalizations and outpatient management.

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Dr. James Kravec: I am focusing much of my time on the development of main care and the requirement for increased patient gain access to in offices and in our network. I understand that the altering healthcare model will continue to focus on main care quality metrics and network usage. JK: I worry about the patients who need chronic care and are choosing to stay house due to concerns about COVID-19. With COVID-19 and the ever-changing medical info, the majority of clinical caregivers and administrations have actually taken little time off for numerous months. JK: Although we will continue to focus on hospital-based security metrics such as Clostridium difficile rates, sepsis death and readmissions, the focus is changing to ambulatory-based metrics in my opinion.