Physician Enhancement Program (PEP)

Physician Enhancement Program (PEP)

What is the Physician Enhancement Program?

An on-site, practice and optional billing monitoring program designed to assist the practicing physician in attaining the highest standards of professional growth and clinical excellence. It provides longitudinal assessment, education, and practice-based improvement to participating physicians.  The Medical Board of California recognizes PEP as an official alternative to having a practice monitor. The program is a minimum of one year.

The Physician Enhancement Program (PEP) includes the following components:

The on-site visit includes a site assessment, longitudinal chart review, interview, patient visit observation, etc. and site visit every six months for the duration of the program using standardized instruments and processes. Site visits are conducted by a PEP faculty mentor, typically a member of the faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine.

The PPDP is created jointly by PEP faculty mentor and participant. The PPDP may contain a combination of elements including recommendations for the implementation of systems-based practice improvements, a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) prescription, ongoing measurable Performance Improvement (PI) projects, etc. The primary objective of the PPDP is to teach physicians the process of self-managed continuous quality improvement and objectively measure the results.

The PEP faculty mentor will review your professional growth and development using the comprehensive PACE Intake instrument and other measures of continuing education, health behaviors, lifestyle variables and other factors that may affect performance.

On a monthly basis, participants will submit a number of randomly selected chart entries to be reviewed by their mentor using standardized methodologies and instruments.

After the PEP faculty mentor has conducted the monthly chart audit, a phone call will be scheduled between the PEP faculty mentor and participant to discuss progress on documentation, quality of care, and the Personal and Practice Development plan.

PEP faculty will provide brief summary reports on a monthly basis. On a quarterly basis they will provide detailed reports summarizing progress in the program and further recommendations.

The PULSE (which stands for Physicians Universal Leadership Skills Education) is a 360-type survey created by the Physicians Development Program and normed on over 750 physicians. It is administered to PACE participants and their colleagues and healthcare team members in order to assess motivating behaviors, disruptive behaviors and the six general core competencies. The results of the survey are scored and compiled into a report to demonstrate how the participant is perceived, both by himself and the community, in which he works. The survey is first completed after initial enrollment and then again approximately six months afterwards to measure improvement.

PEP Frequently Asked Questions

  • Print and complete the PDF application for PEP, and email, fax or mail it to us.
  • Once your application is received, you will be emailed several intake forms to complete for official enrollment.

  • To process your application, we require a $350 non-refundable application fee. After we process your application, we will determine the annual cost of your participation in PEP based on your specialty. This ranges from $15,500 for an Internal Medicine physician to $38,750 for an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon.

  • The program is a minimum of one year. The duration of PEP is typically the length of your medical board assigned probation. Please refer to your medical board probation order for more information on the duration of your PEP requirement.
  • The program requires monthly chart audits by your mentor and monthly phone calls/Zoom meetings to go over their monthly findings.
  • There will be 1-2 in person site visits in which your assigned mentor will travel you your site practice(s).

  • Reports will be issued to the referring 3rd party (e.g. medical board, hospital, medical group, employer etc.) on a quarterly basis, typically January, April, July and October.
  • Reports are issued to the referring 3rd party. Participants will not receive reports directly from PACE in most cases.

  • Yes! PACE is happy to offer billing monitoring in addition to practice monitoring or as a stand-alone service.