Steve Berkowitz

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 >>

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Overall, hospitals have done very well in reducing complications related to inserted medical devices such as catheter-associated UTIs (CAUTI’s), central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI’s), and ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAP’s).  After all, these are all considered hospital-acquired conditions and have been monitored publicly by CMS as part of the overall pay for performance programs for a… Continue Reading >>

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Improving physician to physician communication

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Let’s get back to the basics and start talking again I must admit that I am getting more impressed with the ability of the various electronic medical record’s (EMR) ability to capture and transfer information.  Slowly but surely, the profession is integrating the individual EMRs that hospitals and physicians have independently acquired, and are gradually… Continue Reading >>

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The Average Physician

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Speaking at a conference in Orlando today I was asked a question: “How does health care reform effect   the average physician?”.  As I travel around the country with my speaking and consulting engagements, I often hear the term “average physician”.  For example, does “the average physician” want to practice in a single-payor system?  Having… Continue Reading >>

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From Health Literacy to Health Accountability

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A great cause that needs to go further We have seen a great deal of progress in getting the patient more involved with his/her health through the process of health literacy.  As defined by HHS almost ten years ago, health literacy is “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand… Continue Reading >>

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There is no doubt that more physician leadership is needed in health care.  In the past, there truly was a physician leadership void.  The vast majority of physicians were devoted to practicing excellent clinical medicine– certainly a noble and admirable goal.  But at the same time, by not assuming leadership positions and not exercising the… Continue Reading >>