The Section on Administration and Practice Management (SOAPM) is the home at the AAP for pediatricians who want to improve the efficiency and profitability of their practices and the care that we provide our patients. No margin is no mission! It's fun to have the financial strength to be able to improve your technology, or add additional services that are desperately needed such as mental health or lactation consultants. We have an incredibly active and passionate listserv that provides outstanding education about real world problems such as how to improve employee performance, which CBC machine to use, how to negotiate with payers and deal with regulatory oversight. Every day incredibly valuable practice management tips worth thousands of dollars are dispensed for free! Our listserv is the heartbeat of the AAP.
SOAPM provides this education through the listserv, webinars, and through our excellent section programs at the NCE.
My goal as chair is to continue to expand the SOAPM membership and to improve the practice of pediatrics. SOAPM has a wealth of knowledge to offer Pediatricians in all arenas, whether practice owners or employed doctors. SOAPM currently has members in every possible employment situation and is not just for private practice doctors! We particularly welcome young physicians who are interested in learning about practice management since that is usually a knowledge gap for most trainees.
The AAP has become more responsive to practice issues in the last several years, and much of that is due to SOAPM's advocacy and increasing membership. We are working on a number of projects currently such as improving VFC flu vaccine delivery, representing pediatric concerns to NCQA PCMH and trying to improve the MOC process.
Please join us and participate in improving the practice of pediatrics!