‘Who’s Covering This Patient?’ Developing a First-Contact Provider (FCP) Designation in an Electronic Health Record.

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'Who's Covering This Patient?' Developing a First-Contact Provider (FCP) Designation in an Electronic Health Record.

Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2018 02;44(2):107-113

Authors: Chandiramani A, Gervasio J, Johnson M, Kolek J, Zibrat S, Edelson D

BACKGROUND: Safe and efficient inpatient care depends on accurate identification of the licensed independent practitioner (LIP) primarily responsible for each admitted patient. The inability to do so has far-reaching consequences, including poor communication among care teams, delays in patient care (including critical result reporting), and significant threats to patient safety.
METHODS: At the University of Chicago Medical Center, an 800-bed academic hospital, a new Epic feature, called First-Contact Provider (FCP), was developed to identify the responsible LIP for each inpatient. The number of patients with only one designated FCP at a given time was audited daily. To ensure correct technical function, the number of Best Practice Advisories (BPAs) alerting of no documented FCP was measured. The number of inpatient critical lab values reported directly to LIPs was measured as a proxy for the accuracy of FCP in identifying the correct LIP.
RESULTS: During the nine-month study period, the average daily inpatient census was 568 and the average monthly critical lab volume was 1,727. By the end of the study, the weekly mean percentage of patients with one FCP documented at noon reached 98.6%. The weekly mean number of BPAs dropped from 5,313/day to less than 50/day. The monthly mean percentage of critical results reported directly to LIPs increased from a pre-FCP baseline of 18.0% to 87.8%.
CONCLUSION: FCP largely solved the far-reaching problem of accurate LIP identification for hospitalized patients. This, in turn, significantly improved the ability to report inpatient critical lab values directly to LIPs.

PMID: 29389459 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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