Collaborative Benefits

I entitled this post “Collaborative Benefits” as a tribute to Barry Ronan’s excellent post, The tangible benefits of physician engagement. Mr. Ronan, who is the CEO of Western Maryland Health System, assembled a 12-member physician advisory group, to exchange ideas, concepts, issues and  complaints  to  prepare the medical staff to participate in value-based care delivery. Topics that the President’s […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Discourse

I entitled this post “Collaborative Discourse” because I found the question and discussion session energizing following my talk at this system’s annual medical staff meeting. Here are some of the questions we discussed: One of the losses we are dealing with is collegiality. What can we do to improve it? Service lines can bring physicians […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Physician Engagement

I entitled this post “Collaborative Physician Engagement” when I learned that the Advisory Board’s Annual Health Care CEO Survey of 157 C-suite executives rated engaging physicians in cost and quality improvements as their best opportunity to improve performance. Survey respondents were twice as likely to rate physician engagement as their best opportunity to improve performance compared with […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Reality

Recently, Jeff Goldsmith commented in H&HN Daily that physicians and hospital executives are like Mars and Venus, alluding to John Gray’s book about differences between men and women. Collaborative Reality: Where We Agree I agree with his points that in general we physicians are:  competitive and empirical caring about the people and families we care […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Innovation: Book Review

I titled this post Collaborative Innovation because recently I was asked to review Dr. David Lawrence’s new book, Best Care, Best Future: A Guide for Healthcare Leaders, which I recommend to all leaders who want to improve care outcomes and prepare their organization for an uncertain future. I will be teaching a three-hour seminar on […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative News

I entitled this post “Collaborative News” because of two articles that caught my attention. Collaborative News: How Not to Cut Health Care Costs This article by Harvard Business School faculty Robert S. Kaplan and Derek A. Haas (Harvard Business Review November 2014, Reprint R1411G) draws attention to missteps that add to the cost of treatment: Cutting back […]

Continue Reading · 1

Collaborative Aim

I entitled this post “Collaborative Aim” after reading Dike Drummond’s post, Physician Burnout and Healthcare’s New Quadruple Aim. The essence of the article is that the authors felt that the triple aim of cutting costs, improving the patient experience, and improving population health was inadequate because it neglected optimizing the workforce environment for caregivers as well […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Pride

I entitled this post “Collaborative Pride” as a tribute to my mentor Tom Atchison who is teaching the online seminar Physician Alignment: Dos and Taboos, in which I have had the pleasure of participating. The third week focuses on his 2006 book, Leadership’s Deeper Dimensions, which encourages us to measure employee pride rather than satisfaction through a […]

Continue Reading · 0

Collaborative Expertise

I entitled this post “Collaborative Expertise” in deference to Syd Finkelstein’s post entitled “The Problem with Relying on Experts.” Professor Finkelstein, who taught me strategy and mergers and acquisitions in the Tuck MBA program, has been the source of many good ideas since I met him in 1996. He makes the point that although we […]

Continue Reading · 0