Steve Berkowitz

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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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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Reflections on a 50-State Year

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I have always loved traveling around this country.  As a child, I enjoyed going on trips with my family and checking off the states we visited, making it a point to buy post cards from every state.  One of my biggest thrills as a young adult was going to Four Corners and doing a dance… Continue Reading >>

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Does the office location of a CMO make a difference?

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Just before Christmas I was talking with a CMO who’s hospital had recently been remodeled and his office was relocating next to the medical staff office and physicians’ lounge. This was done in part so that he could be in closer proximity to the physicians and the office of medical staff affairs. The CMO welcomed… Continue Reading >>

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What’s in a name? Is there a Doctor in the house?

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I was speaking to a CMO the other day who informed me of the following issue that occurred in the hospital: A nurse practitioner had just received his Doctorate in Nursing and wanted patients and staff from now on to refer to him as “Doctor”. Several of the physicians objected to that term feeling that… Continue Reading >>

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Our Mission to take care of Patients

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I came upon the below expression randomly about ten years ago. It was so inspiring to me that I have incorporated it into every presentation that I give as the final slide. It is an anonymous quote and I would like to share it with you: To the world you may be just one person,… Continue Reading >>

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The Value of Medical Accreditation

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  The thought of another medical accreditation typically brings a chorus of groans from the caregivers, administrative team and the hospital staff. One immediately conjures up visions of the Joint Commission coming in unexpectedly and the huge hassles and expenses involved in maintaining certification. One thinks of the anxiety of the survey visit and the… Continue Reading >>

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Protect that Pump! A new appreciation of Cardiac Health

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Last week I returned from a very insightful and stimulating Board meeting of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. One of the things that I most love about this meeting of very accomplished physicians and health care leaders is that I always come away with some terrific insight that I never would have otherwise anticipated…. Continue Reading >>

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Managing Medical Staff Interventions

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Managing Medical Staff Interventions Hardly a conversation goes by between myself and a fellow Chief Medical Officer where one of us does not bring up an issue regarding a difficult physician on the medical staff and how best to deal with it. Whether the presenting issue is disruptive, inappropriateness, incompetency, impairment or anything else, the… Continue Reading >>

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Anticipating the “Hidden Agenda”

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When I mentor new health care executives, a frequent bread-and-butter topic that we always cover in the program is how to have more productive and effective meetings. Face it, meetings are a huge part of the executive’s day. I for one, really don’t like meetings, but I put up with them as part of the… Continue Reading >>