Steve Berkowitz

COVID-3 Follow the Science….

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But, opining on science may not be science.   I’m sure by now, you have heard many times the latest buzz phrase “Follow the science” from our politicians.   Dr. Tony Fauci recently said, “Science is truth, and as a scientist, I hold the truth”.  Interesting sound bite, but it begs a deeper dive.  What… Continue Reading >>

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“Flatten the Curve”.  We hear it every day.  What does it really mean for the average person? Let’s start by looking at the fundamental two-phased approach for any epidemic or outbreak:  1. Containment- There are two components of containment: secure the perimeter of the infection to prevent any future spread outside of that region, and… Continue Reading >>

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Welcome back.  After a three-year hiatus hanging out in the medical executive world, I am resuming my weekly blogs.  There’s so much to catch up with and no shortage of material.  I hope you find my postings informative, thought-provoking, enlightening, and at times, even make you smile.  I always welcome your feedback. As I sit… Continue Reading >>

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Revisited: Three Rules to Consider during an Intervention

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I wrote this blog earlier in the year, but have found this piece to again be relevant. Enjoy! —————————————   Almost every chief medical officer (CMO) that I work with in my advisory program has encountered at least one situation in the hospital every year that requires a significant intervention with a member of the… Continue Reading >>

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Revisited: Managing Medical Staff Interventions

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I posted this blog in September of 2015, but it is very applicable to all CMO’s.  In fact, I am currently dealing with a hospital CMO that is dealing with a very difficult and sensitive situation and we discussed these four principles just a few hours ago… Managing Medical Staff Interventions  Hardly a conversation goes… Continue Reading >>

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Managing your Quality Dashboard

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And “Indicators for Indicators” Now that we are approaching the fall, many of us are looking forward to next year’s budget, strategic plan, and either updating or enhancing the quality dashboard.  Additionally, this time of year, there are new Board members and medical staff officers, some of whom may need to be educated on the… Continue Reading >>

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The Need for Physician Compacts

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Two weeks ago I was in New England, enjoying the beautiful summer and working with a large System in Maine.  In a way, this is homecoming for me as I grew up in Rhode Island.  One of my favorite childhood memories was taking a field trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. … Continue Reading >>

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Being an expert means having an airplane ticket and a set of PowerPoint slides…. …But does it last? Several years ago, I had an arrangement with another health system Chief Medical Officer that we would give a presentation at each other’s annual medical staff meeting.  Although he was nationally renowned, he told me candidly, “I… Continue Reading >>