Review Article

Measuring Advanced Practice Provider Productivity at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Member Institutions

Diana Krause(1), Karen Sharrah(2), Anne Gross(3), Danielle Bowers(3), Daniel Mulkerin(4), Nancy Brandt(4), Kate Kennedy(5), Annie Austin(5), Aaron Begue(6), Rose Bell(7), Cheryl Raczyk(7), Todd Pickard(8), Timothy Kubal(9), Dave Johnson(9), Kellyann Jeffries(10), Vanna Dest(11), Rory Randall(12), Jessica Sugalski(1), and Gabrielle Zecha(13)

Authors’ disclosures of conflicts of interest are found at the end of this article.

Correspondence to: Diana Krause, MHA, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), 3025 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 E-mail: krause@nccn.org


J Adv Pract Oncol 2022;13(5):507–513 | https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2022.13.5.4 | © 2022 Harborside™


  

ABSTRACT

Introduction: The utilization of advanced practice providers (APPs) in oncology has been growing over the last decade; however, there is no standard method for assessing an APP’s contributions to oncology care. Methods: The NCCN Best Practices Committee (BPC) created an APP Workgroup to develop recommendations to support the roles of APPs at NCCN Member Institutions. The Workgroup conducted surveys to understand how NCCN centers measure productivity. This article will review the survey results and provide recommendations for measuring APP productivity. Results: Although 54% of responding centers indicated they utilize relative value units (RVU) targets for independent APP visits, 88% of APPs are either unsure or do not believe RVUs are an effective measurement of overall productivity. Relative value units do not reflect non-billable hours, and APPs perform a significant number of non-billable tasks that are important to oncology practices. Sixty-six percent of APPs believe that measuring disease-based team productivity is a more reasonable assessment of APP productivity than measuring productivity at the individual level. Conclusion: Our recommendation for cancer centers is to focus on the value that APPs provide to overall care delivery. Advanced practice provider productivity metrics should consider not only the number of patients seen by APPs, but also the high quality and thorough care delivered that contributes to the overall care of the patient and practice. Advanced practice providers can help improve access to care, deliver improved outcomes, and increase patient and provider satisfaction. Reducing the focus on RVUs, accounting for important non-RVU–generating activities, and incorporating quality and team metrics will provide a better overall picture of APP productivity. 




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