In Remembrance

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of Ken Cohn’s passing from lung cancer. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests donations to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s “Thoracic (Lung) Cancer Fund. Please join us in celebrating the life of Dr. Kenneth Holland Cohn August 31, 1950 – June 24, […]

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Collaborative Physician Development

My inspiration for “Collaborative Physician Development” came from Lee Ann Jarousse’s recent article  in Hospitals and Health Networks. I agree wholeheartedly with her premise: Physician engagement is paramount as hospitals and health systems navigate the transition from volume to value. But engagement alone won’t be enough to ensure organizational success. As the hospital field tackles clinical […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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