Frequently Asked Questions About Brody & ECU Physicians
(Last Updated 7/31/14)
Brody will meet and exceed all of the minimum LCME accreditation requirements listed above, and will also continue to emphasize a focus on primary care, which is a key aspect of our mission.
Beyond this, fulfilling the Brody mission requires the medical school to serve the needs of eastern North Carolina by assuring that we also provide:
In some cases, more appropriate funding sources may be secured through grants or contracts, with staff and faculty retained as ECU Physicians employees. In other cases, a different source of funds may require a change in the employment of staff and/or faculty to another entity, which may include the establishment of new private practices. For those programs where ECU Physicians funding will end and new sources of funding cannot be secured, the program or service will end. Employees may be transferred to suitable vacant available positions or laid-off, with eligible and appropriate benefits and support in seeking new employment being provided to those employees.
In 5 years, Brody will be at the center of a changed health care landscape in eastern North Carolina, in partnership with key allies. Physicians and hospitals will be more effectively networked together to provide comprehensive care to patients – both those who are sick and, increasingly, those we are helping to keep healthy. These physician-led networks, whether they will be called Accountable Care Organizations or something else, will be organized for the benefit of patients through a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) with ubiquitous use of Electronic Health Records (EHR). These new ways of delivering care will provide Brody with new and better ways to train doctors in our eastern North Carolina communities. These Brody-trained doctors will continue to practice in eastern North Carolina in large numbers and, in turn, transform health care.
In addition, on a case-by-case basis, as non-core programs and services are realigned with more appropriate funding sources or transferred out of ECU Physicians, additional RIFs may occur. Most of these “RIFs” will actually be changes of employment to another organization. We hope these cuts, along with other financial controls and operational changes we are implementing across the practice plan, will suffice to establish financial sustainability. However, we will continually evaluate ECU Physicians’ financial position to determine if additional reductions in work force are required.