Steve Berkowitz

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 >>

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Avoiding a leadership trap for physician executives

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The obligation to advocate the medical staff consensus Over the years in my chief medical officer advisory program, I have frequently encountered a participant getting caught in one of the most insidious traps that a physician executive can encounter… the obligation to advocate the consensus of the medical staff. At first this seems like a… Continue Reading >>

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A call to action—We are all patients

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It has been frustrating to say the least, to watch the political process unfold regarding health care reform.  What was once an “immediate repeal and replace” mandate as campaigned by most Republicans has now disintegrated into multiple diverse factions, and these frustrations are reaching all time levels.  Watching the news, I hear one embarrassing comment… Continue Reading >>

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The scene is all too familiar.  A physician in the Medical Group suddenly leaves or develops an extended illness.  An atmosphere of panic pervades the clinic.  Who will see that physician’s patients?  How quickly can we get another physician?  Where do we recruit?  What do we do in the mean time? All Medical Groups face… Continue Reading >>

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Increasingly, the primary care physician is faced with the issue of better utilizing services and specialists that are in their own medical group or network.  Reasons to internalize care include the implementation of capitation or other risk products, payor-imposed narrower networks, and the need to maximally utilize physicians in one’s own medical group for practice… Continue Reading >>

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Beware the Trap of Consensus in Health Care Reform

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I wrote a blog last January talking about the Consensus Trap and how a seemingly sound and preferred interactional process could yield unexpected and detrimental results.  As I stated, consensus is a political agreement.  It is not necessarily based upon the evidentiary process or scientific facts.  It is simply the result of a group of… Continue Reading >>

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An unanticipated encounter between the Chief Medical Officer and a Physician Board Member   Recently, a chief Medical Officer (CMO) of a large hospital told me about his Board having to resolve a conflict between the hospital CEO and some of the medical staff.  He related this to me because one of the physician Board… Continue Reading >>

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A “Tincture of Time” for Health Care Reform

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… maybe that’s just what the doctor ordered! How many times during the campaign did we hear the Republicans say “repeal and replace” Obamacare on Day One?  I must admit, in the few weeks since the inauguration, I was fully expecting President Trump to sign some executive order summarily repealing the ACA.  Now we hear… Continue Reading >>