Steve Berkowitz

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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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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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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10 steps toward chairing more effective meetings

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A common complaint that I hear from Chief Medical Officers is that they are required to attend too many meetings.  Meetings seem to be a way of life for the executive.  Even worse, meetings can develop a life of their own-  one meeting seems to beget another one.  Furthermore, some meetings seem to go on… Continue Reading >>

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Communication is Priceless

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One more flight and I am home after a long couple days of meetings and traveling.  I was looking forward to getting back to Austin in a little more than two hours.  I was even upgraded to first class, so I was especially happy as we boarded the plane.  I sat down and relaxed for… Continue Reading >>

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The Strange Persistence of “Eminence-Based” Medicine

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We have certainly had our fill of evidence-based guidelines driven into us over the years.  And slowly but surely, physicians and health care institutions are adopting best practices that are truly improving care.  We are all becoming more “evidence-based” in our thinking and in our fundamental interactions with patients… this is a good thing. The… Continue Reading >>

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For every clinician, there will ultimately come a day that will bring “Bad News”. Perhaps your nurse tells you that patient you sent home from the office yesterday with non-specific chest symptoms died last night of a massive MI. Or if you are a surgeon and your routine case unexpectedly arrests on the table and… Continue Reading >>

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Better Managing Daily Distractions

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I was talking to a CMO the other day and she mentioned to me that if only there were not so many distractions in the course of a day she would be able to get much more work done. She said that these distractions, many of them of questionable merit, kept getting in the way… Continue Reading >>