Resilience or Redesign: What Are You Doing About Burnout?

Resilience or Redesign: What Are You Doing About Burnout?

A question for healthcare executives – are you addressing physician burnout by investing in resilience or redesign? Same question for physicians – are you addressing burnout for you and your colleagues by investing in resilience or redesign? While most work on physician burnout still focuses on resilience, there is an increasing, and much needed, focus… Continue Reading

Do Compensation Plans Cause Burnout?

Do Compensation Plans Cause Burnout?

One of my good friends and leadership mentors, Dr. Tony Marzoni, had a great saying. “Every medical group has a culture committee. They simply call it the compensation committee.” I’ve been in plenty of heated compensation committee meetings and board meetings where tempers flared due to compensation disagreements. When we realize the high stakes, personal nature, and burnout drivers that are impacted by compensation decisions, it’s not surprising. Continue Reading

Executives – The Missing Stakeholders in Preventing Burnout

Executives – The Missing Stakeholders in Preventing Burnout

The National Academy of Medicine has launched an Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, but there is one missing stakeholder.  Last Friday, July 14th, NAM hosted it’s its first public meeting on establishing clinician well-being as a national priority. The inaugural sponsors include nearly many medical specialty societies, the major insurance companies, the American Associations… Continue Reading

How Does the EHR Drive Burnout?

How Does the EHR Drive Burnout?

How does the EHR drive burnout?  Let’s count the ways. By understanding this we can develop counter measures to lower the impact and reduce the risk of physician burnout. We’ve all seen the studies that show that for every hour we spend with a patient we spend two hours on administrative work, and we take… Continue Reading

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Preventing Physician Burnout – Q & A

Preventing Physician Burnout – Q & A

“As an RN, this presentation is on target with the level of frustration we deal with as well…great delivery.” This was one of the comments I received following a presentation on Preventing Physician Burnout at IBM’s office in Cambridge, MA.  This nurse is right, burnout is not unique to physicians, and in fact affects all… Continue Reading

Everything Has to Change

Everything Has to Change

“If you want things to stay the same around here, everything has to change.” Richard Carr, an HR expert and Simpler colleague, shared this quote from The Leopard, written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. As described in this Wikipedia post, as the mid-19th Century Italian historical novel progresses, a prince is forced to choose between… Continue Reading

The Last Straw

The Last Straw

We are all familiar with the saying, The Last Straw. It refers to the fable of the camel who could carry heavy loads.  The camel is a beast of burden. Its owner, in an effort to transport as much straw as possible, keeps piling more and more on the camel’s back. Camels are strong and… Continue Reading

Single Payer Solution to Burnout?

Single Payer Solution to Burnout?

Is Single Payer the solution to burnout? I received an email from a good friend this week, Dr. Patty Gabow, who is CEO-emerita of Denver Health.  As CEO, Patty led a Lean transformation of Denver Health that achieved great physician and staff engagement while saving the State of Colorado over 200 million dollars.  She is… Continue Reading