Prescription for Change

News, resources, and insights for the CMO team

Emory cut sepsis mortality from 13% to 8% and saved millions in the process. Here's how.

by Taylor Hurst and Dylan Jennings August 17, 2018

Sepsis care is all about speed; there is a critical link between early intervention and survival. The challenge is that sepsis cases are notoriously difficult to diagnose accurately, and logistical complexity can cause delays to timely treatment.

Read more »

Trying to engage your physicians with limited resources? Here's how to prioritize.

by Jennifer Stewart and Gabbie DeCuir July 27, 2018

Last fall, we asked CMOs across our membership to share their top priorities for the coming year. Among both system and facility leaders, a single issue rose to the #1 spot: physician engagement. This comes as no surprise, given the positive impact that strong physician engagement has on provider burnout, patient experience, care quality, and organizational costs.

Read more »

4 steps you may be missing to engage newly hired physicians

by Mack Kelly and Jennifer Stewart June 15, 2018

Employment is now a prominent physician partnership strategy, but we're failing to engage our new physician hires—and it's costing us. One-quarter of new physician hires leave within the first three years, each costing upwards of $400,000 to replace.

Read more »

Looking to increase physician adherence to care standards? Ask for feedback.

by Jennifer Stewart and Katherine Diller April 9, 2018

Editor's note: This story was updated on July 11, 2018.

Health care organizations across the country struggle with non-adherence to clinical standards. There are several steps you can take to drive adherence, including financial and non-financial incentives, additional education, and changing the standard when appropriate. However, the first step to addressing non-adherence is understanding why physicians aren't following the standard. Leading organizations proactively seek this information so they can appropriately address the causes of nonadherence as soon as possible.

Read more »

How MetroHealth reduced alert firing by almost 60%—and how you can, too

by Jenn Stewart and Bryan Miller January 31, 2018

Clinicians and hospital leaders across the country recognize that low-value, interruptive alerts are a problem. Unfortunately, the conventional wisdom for solving this problem is to remove alerts one at a time—an approach that is both resource- and time-intensive. 

Read more »

CMOs' most commonly asked questions of 2017—answered

by Jennifer Stewart and Phoebe Donovan January 18, 2018

Every year, we receive thousands of questions from our members on a variety of physician-related topics. As we settle into the new year, here's a look back at what your peers most wanted to know in 2017—and our responses.

Read more »

The best of the Physician Executive Council in 2017

by Jennifer Stewart and Phoebe Donovan December 15, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, it's the perfect time to reflect on the past year of research at the Physician Executive Council. In case you missed them, here's a sampling of the resources our members found most valuable in 2017.

Read more »

How to nudge your clinicians toward better behavior

by Jennifer Stewart, Taylor Hurst, and Katherine Diller December 4, 2017

In early October, economist Richard H. Thaler was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize for Science in Economics for his work in behavioral economics. Specifically, Thaler found that humans don't make decisions as rationally as was previously thought.

Read more »