When I was at the American Conference of Physician Health recently, I got this totally BS Stress-o-meter that changes color based on your stress levels. So when you're tense, it's black, when you have some tension, it’s red, when you’re normal, it’s red, and then when you're calm, it turns blue.
This thing is a total gimmick, but it did get me thinking, how can a physician tell if they're stressed? We have so much on our plates so how do we even know we’re under stress, let alone let the people around us know what’s going on?
I’ve talked to a lot of physicians about is just being authentic with the people that are close to us. In medical school, we’re told we have to be number one and we can't show weakness. In residency, we’re told that it doesn't matter if we're tired, or sick, or something very difficult is going on in our home life because we have to show up and get our stuff done. So it's tough for physicians to allow themselves...
"If you want something done right, do it yourself," is complete bullshit. To run a successful business of any kind—but especially to run a thriving medical practice—you have to make sure you’re using your time wisely and properly delegating responsibilities.
In 2019, healthcare is complicated. Your practice is more than just seeing patients, treating them, and sending them on their way. There’s insurance requirements, prior authorizations, quality measures, and so many other tasks that need to be completed with every patient visit.
As a business owner, ESPECIALLY when you’re just opening a new practice, it’s extremely hard to relinquish control and let others help out, but you simply can’t be successful AND do everything on your own. You can try all you want, but you’ll just end up wasting your valuable personal and professional time and only yield subpar results because there just aren’t enough hours in the...
During medical school and residency, we all long for financial freedom and more time to spend with our friends and family. However, once many doctors take the dive into private practice, they feel like they actually make less than they used to or work more hours and are under more stress than when they were employed by someone else. They often get so busy working IN their business that they don’t work ON their business and can’t quite scale their practice to achieve the level of success they dreamed of.
Tired, overworked private practice doctors come to me all the time looking for guidance on increasing their revenue and profitability, and I’ve found that the main reason practices aren’t scaling is because physicians aren’t properly leveraging their most valuable asset—time.
As a private practice physician, your time is 100% your most valuable asset, so it’s important to know what that time is worth. I’m not necessarily talking...
Where are we going? What is going to be next and how am I going to stay relevant?
I think physicians look at themselves and see all of these things that are taking away from physician relevance—urgent care, telemedicine, getting diagnosed and treated for an ear infection based on a video call with a physician or non-physician who’s thousands of miles away.
That's a sticky point for me because I hate it, hate it, hate it when my patients tell me, “Yeah, we were going to come into the office, but we have this app that our insurance company told us to use so the doctor looked at the outside of the ear and thought it looked red and prescribed an antibiotic.
Being relevant as a physician has changed so much because of convenience. We live in an era where convenience is king, and convenience trumps quality every time. I know that you don't want to hear that. I know that as a physician that prides herself on quality of care, you feel like...
Your wellness and your quality scores are tied to your patient experience... How would you improve your patient's experience?
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