Promoting high-functioning care teams requires best practices like clear communication, conflict management (see our blog post “Communication In Teams—What Research Says About Improving It” for more on these) and a commitment on the part of institutions to support those practices with policy. There are also specific values [...]
A high-functioning care team is one in which communication among its members is high-functioning. On the other hand, as Michelle O’Daniel and Alan H. Rosenstein, MD point out, “Lack of communication creates situations where medical errors can occur. These errors have the potential to cause severe injury or unexpected patient [...]
With nearly a quarter of physicians in some specialties under age 39,1 millennials are beginning to make their mark on American medicine. Their age group has experienced criticism, in and out of medicine. The terms “entitled,” “lazy” and “self-absorbed” crop up regularly in journalistic assessments. And the impact of [...]
While much of the attention being paid to millennial-age physicians centers on the young physicians’ sometimes uneasy relationships with older medical colleagues, there’s another interesting relationship to consider: millennials caring for millennials.
A quarter of US physicians are over 65 and about 11 percent of the active medical labor force is between 65 and 75. Accordingly, a lot of attention has been focused on how organizations can make sure aging practitioners are still cognitively and physically able to perform at a level ensuring patient safety and optimal [...]
A Merger or Acquisition (M&A) can quickly become “toxic” if the two entities merging don’t understand each other’s needs and priorities. In healthcare, the practitioners being acquired struggle with new systems and processes.
When Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) happen in healthcare, it’s inevitable the physicians and advanced practitioners new to the acquiring organization are going to feel stress. They have to learn new rules, procedures, altered schedules, productivity requirements, sometimes even a new EMR and a host of other factors, along [...]
To Make a Merger or Acquisition Work, Put Yourself in the Other Party’s Shoes As more and more solo practitioners and independent practices choose to join healthcare organizations and as organizations themselves merge, some struggle is inevitable. After all, two different cultures are coming into contact and sometimes these [...]
Physician burnout is bred in isolation and silence. Practitioners suffering from it typically feel alone with their problems and are often hesitant to communicate their growing feelings of overwhelm, emotional exhaustion, lack of fulfillment and cynicism. But alert leaders can head off burnout by promoting a workplace culture [...]