MedMan is pleased to announce the addition of Brian McLaughlin to the MedMan team as the administrator for our newest managed practice, Krueger & Lenox Oral Maxillofacial Surgery in Bend. Brian comes to us from a large independent multispecialty practice where he was the clinic manager for oncology, hematology, chemotherapy, pulmonology and sleep medicine. Previously he was the supervisor of clinic operations of the behavioral health clinics for St. Charles Health System.
Oddly, I was actually uplifted by a recent pilgrimage I made to our nation’s capital. I went there to advocate for improving the lives of independent physicians – to do that by reducing regulations and unfair competition. I wanted to test the anti-regulatory mood of our current administrative and legislative branches. And I found an audience understanding and sympathetic to the plight of private physicians. Expecting divisiveness, I found instead respect for the innovatio
While the spotlight has primarily been focused on what to do about the Affordable Care Act, a subtle nod from the new administration was given in moving the MACRA law right along. Right at the end of June, CMS published the CY 2018 Updates to the Quality Payment Program proposed rule. When MACRA first passed, it was done so with a 91% bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. Even with the necessary support from both sides, there has been a lot of interest in seeing
The “fresh eyes” of a newcomer are an invaluable asset to an organization’s improvement strategy. While this informal input is valuable, there are also structured opportunities to gain similar perspective and results. When we are the “newbie” in a medical practice, it’s often easier to see the challenges and pitfalls than it is after we are entrenched and have grown used to the idiosyncrasies of the operation. Losing that fresh perspective often means staff and leadership are
So much is being written about physician burnout, and so often authors are needing to qualify the statement with the notion that burnout is not a “personal failing”. True, and my response to that is to reframe the very essence of the subject… it is “depletion” – this is the state of physical and emotional exhaustion that leads to the cynicism and feeling you are not accomplishing anything worthwhile. In the April 2017 Issue of HealthLeaders we are reminded that the “one thing