How do you recognize when a physician is experiencing burnout? Given the high demands of contemporary medical practice and the extreme pressures physicians work under, you might think burnout would be most clearly signaled by a blowup—“I can’t take this anymore!”
Potential Physical Implications of Burnout Burnout—defined as persistent emotional exhaustion, physical fatigue and cognitive weariness—may negatively affect physical health more than previously believed.
Physician Resilience is More Than the Ability to "Bounce Back" Many physicians dislike the term “resilience”—especially when it is seen as something they lack—and something they’re solely responsible for getting. They see themselves as very resilient already. After all, they are used to functioning at a high level under [...]
When a healthcare organization acquires a medical practice or organizations merge, both parties usually have intense hopes and expectations—some of them unrealistic. And the effect can be truly toxic. A successful approach to an M&A means finding ways for leadership and physicians to talk to each other and find solutions to [...]
Mindfulness Mindfulness meditation can be practiced at any moment of our day. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s definition of mindfulness says, “Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally.”
Most clinicians I talk with say the most gratifying part of their work is treating patients. No matter how frustrated they are navigating the changes in healthcare, or dealing with increased administrative tasks, most still love the time they spend with patients. And their commitment to patient care and safety is palpable.
When do healthcare mergers and acquisitions (M&As) struggle? When the acquired practice and practitioners and the acquiring organization reach an impasse over the changes, we start to see morale, well being and quality of care suffer. But failure can be averted, or reversed, if you follow some proven principles.
Those at the top of the org chart set the vision, goals and tone for the healthcare organization. When M&As (mergers and acquisitions) are an issue, it’s particularly important the C-Suite understand their roles to help the process run smoothly and support the engagement and well being of everyone involved.
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 [...]