Prescription for Change

The best of the Physician Executive Council in 2018

by Taylor Hurst and Virginia Hite

As 2018 draws to a close, it's the perfect time to reflect on the past year of research from the Physician Executive Council. In case you missed them, here's a sampling of the resources our members found most valuable this year.

Create Care Standards Your Front Line Will Embrace

Health care leaders recognize care variation reduction as the key to unlocking cost-savings across their organizations. However, care standards are often designed without workflow in mind, making it difficult to translate them into daily practice. We've outlined six tactics to create care standards that proactively account for workflow considerations and are actionable at the front line.

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Toolkit for Building Implementation-Ready Care Standards

One reason why care standards fail to make it from paper into practice is that few organizations provide clear guidance about what a care standard should include. We've created a recommended template to help design teams create consistent, comprehensive care standards that frontline clinicians will be able to easily digest and embed in their daily workflow.

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Cultivating Effective Physician Leaders

Despite the importance of strong physician leadership, it is a continued area of weakness for many hospitals and health systems. Without enough leaders, organizations are forced to elevate physicians lacking key skills. Doing so often results in underperformance and burnout, making leadership roles even more difficult to fill the next time around. View this one-hour webconference to learn best practices to enhance your formal leadership development efforts and strengthen your physician leader ranks.

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The Medical Leader's Guide to Onboarding Newly Hired Physicians

Hospitals increasingly employ physicians but struggle with turnover, particularly in the first three years. And the cost of these early departures adds up quickly. When done well, physician onboarding establishes a strong connection to your organization's mission and helps sustain new physicians' engagement over the long haul. Use our comprehensive checklists and 13 ready-to-use tools to build a physician onboarding program that supports long-term physician engagement and retention.

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Want to Reduce Physician Burnout? Start with Engagement.

Nearly half of all physicians report feeling one or more symptoms of burnout. And given the negative effect of burnout on quality, patient experience, and physician turnover, it's no surprise that one of our most frequently asked questions from CMOs is, "What can I do to reduce—or even prevent—physician burnout?" The good news is you can mitigate burnout by doubling down on a strategic imperative you're likely already working on: strengthening physician engagement.

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Achieving Better Clinical Decision Support with Fewer Alerts

Clinical decision support (CDS) has the potential to improve health care by reducing adverse events, enhancing clinical outcomes, increasing efficiency, and lowering costs. Unfortunately, due to poorly designed alerts and order sets, most health systems struggle to realize the benefits of CDS. Check out this research report for six strategies to help physician executives drive CDS performance improvement.

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Thank You!

We want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve and learn from you. As always, please let us know if there's anything we can do to better support you. We look forward to working with you in the new year.

For a preview of our 2019 research agenda, watch out for our next post.

Learn More: Use this Proactive Plan to Engage Newly Hired Physicians

Hospitals increasingly employ physicians but continue to struggle with engagement and turnover. Robust physician onboarding is leaders’ critical opportunity to sustain—and build on—new hires’ naturally high engagement levels during their first year of tenure.

Download this infographic to learn how to drive engagement across physicians’ first 90 days at your organization and beyond.

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