Prescription for Change

News, resources, and insights for the CMO team

Physician Thinks Tanks: The meeting your physicians won't want to miss

Sarah Evans , Serena Bernthal-Jones March 8, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 8, 2019.

Involving physicians in your organization's decision-making process is a powerful physician engagement driver—and a must-do step to achieve your strategic priorities.

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How St. Joseph's redeployed ED staff to meet geriatric patients' needs

by Virginia Hite and Taylor Hurst February 22, 2019

Editor's note: This story is the third post in a three-part ED series, where we featured stories and resources on ED efficiency. If you missed our last post on our Avoidable ED Utilization Assessment, check it out here.

Each year, 22% of geriatric patients use the ED at least once. Yet despite high utilization, ED staff often struggle to assess and address geriatric patients' unique care needs, leading to avoidable admissions, adverse outcomes, and poor patient experience.

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Trying to reduce unnecessary ED utilization? Here's your first step.

by Taylor Hurst and Dylan Jennings February 8, 2019

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 16, 2019.

Across the country, hospital leaders are looking for strategies to help address rising ED volumes. But one of the first steps to increase ED capacity happens outside of the ED altogether: reducing avoidable visits.

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A sneak peek at the Physician Executive Council's 2019 research agenda

by Sarah Evans and Serena Bernthal-Jones December 14, 2018

Each year, we survey our members to learn CMOs' most pressing strategic priorities and set our research agenda for the upcoming year. Here's what you and your peers identified as the top five priorities heading into 2019:

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The best of the Physician Executive Council in 2018

by Taylor Hurst and Virginia Hite November 30, 2018

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.

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Three questions to identify—and retain—physicians who have one foot out the door

by Taylor Hurst and Virginia Hite October 19, 2018

For hospitals and health systems facing looming physician shortages, retaining current physician talent is just as important as recruiting new talent—especially given the staggering six-figures it costs organizations to replace one departing physician. The challenge is: It's often difficult to spot the physicians who are most at risk of turnover and intervene in time to retain them.

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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

Editor's note: This popular story from the Daily Briefing's archives was republished on March 22, 2019.

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.

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