The word “community” has been rapidly evolving over the past several years, challenging hospital administrators to rethink their approach to community engagement both online and off. Communities can organize and mobilize at a much quicker pace than even five years ago, largely enabled by online collaborative tools.This type of organizing is often associated with negativity and criticism: it produces malpractice lawsuits, petitions against new construction or research, critical online reviews, or even video rants that go viral and harm the reputation of your healthcare center.
At first the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Readmissions Program seemed highly successful. Between 2011-2014, readmissions for conditions like heart attacks fell by 2.5 percent, and Medicare had saved $9 billion on readmissions. A CMS review cited an 8 percent drop in readmission rate nationwide between 2010-2015. Data also suggested that hospitals that avoided penalties took steps to revamp their readmissions strategies, and saw significant prevention of patient readmissions.
Every physician dreads the possibility of a medical malpractice lawsuit. The time, money, preparation and emotional stress can be a tremendous drain and harmful to their practice. Physicians already must pay high fees for malpractice insurance and lawsuits can last for years.
Most likely, physicians will face a medical malpractice lawsuit at some point in their career. A survey by the American Medical Association showed that 5% of respondents had a malpractice claim the previous year. When that time comes, it’s best to be prepared. Below we’ll look at the top reasons lawsuits are filed against physicians and how they can protect themselves.
Doctors often use the excuse that they have too much to do to take vacation. According to a study by Project: Time Off, Americans waste a record 658 million vacation days a year. The main reasons for doing so included returning to a pile of work, having no one else who can do the job, and not being able to afford a holiday.
These arguments are real challenges for many physicians. While it feels great to finally get away, the preparation leading up to a trip can be incredibly stressful. And thinking about the amount of work you’ll have to catch up on after vacation is enough to put a damper on any trip planning.
But while these problems may seem insurmountable, not prioritizing break time can have dire consequences to your health. Fortunately, you can use some effective strategies to make downtime less worrisome, and health benefits that will have you considering time off more seriously.
Whether you’re running your own private practice or are employed by a health group, you probably don’t give much thought to malpractice insurance. After all, you’ve got other things to worry about — patient satisfaction, managing patients with complex or chronic conditions, dealing with paperwork and updating patient records.
However, selecting a policy isn’t as simple as choosing a car or home insurance policy. And if you own your own practice or are a shareholder in one, you need even more information to make a sound decision for your business and fellow physicians.
So, where how do you get started? Let’s look at what you need to know about medical malpractice insurance.
Battling burnout has become one of the most important things physicians need to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle and practice. According to the General Social Survey of 2016, workers are twice as likely to report feeling exhausted compared to 20 years ago. Clinical practitioners experience burnout at an even higher rate in certain specialty areas such as anesthesia, dermatology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, radiology and surgery, reporting symptoms at a rate of 40% or more.
The demands of the medical workplace have significantly increased over time. Multitasking, information overload, taxing hours, high stakes, excessive workloads and even electronic health records breed a commonly overlooked symptom of burnout: chronic exhaustion. In combination with other symptoms like loneliness and isolation, exhaustion can accelerate burnout, often causing physicians to leave their practice.
Fortunately, you can identify and address symptoms of burnout and sustain the passion for your medical work using these effective coping strategies.
Every day, more patients are turning to the internet to research and leave feedback on their physicians. In a survey by Software Advice, the percentage of patients using online reviews increased by 68% between 2013 and 2014. Platforms like Yelp, Vitals, Healthgrades and RateMDs act for doctors the same way as review sites do for hotels, spas and restaurants. While doctors are dealing with the hard realities of online reviews, you can make patient feedback posted online work in your favor. Here's how to combat negative reviews the right way.
Topics: cardiothoracic surgery
As a physician, you’ve spent years mastering your abilities. With all that training, you should have all the skills you need to secure — and perform well at — a job, right? Not necessarily. A recent survey from LinkedIn found that many medical school students don’t always have the skills they need to succeed in the rapidly evolving and heavily competitive healthcare job market.
Topics: cardiothoracic surgery
Telehealth technologies are on the rise. In fact, 71 percent of providers now use some form of the technology. These tools can easily connect patients with their physicians via phone, email or webcam, and in many cases physicians also use them to consult with peers.
Patients can manage their conditions at home by sending their physicians information like heart rate, blood pressure and other vital signs.
Topics: technology trends
Can a physician’s age affect whether his or her patient dies? Does physician age impact patient outcomes? Researchers wanted to find out, and what they discovered was surprising.
Researchers in England examined a group of elderly U.S. patients on Medicare who had serious illnesses, required hospital admission and who were being cared for by a hospitalist. They found that the mortality rate rose to 12 percent for those patients who were cared for by physicians aged 60 and up. The mortality rate was a little over 11.3 percent for those aged 50-59, just over 11 percent for those in their 40s and 10.8 percent for those doctors under age 40.
Topics: physician age