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The gifts of burnout: An evolutionary wake-up call for doctors

August 26, 2017, by Lisa Chu

It has been fourteen years since I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. I have journeyed far from the field of medicine, and yet my heart keeps hearing the call to return to my physician communities and share what I have learned. I simply cannot ignore my sense that...
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Manage the media, minimize the damage

July 29, 2017, by Michelle Foster Earle

Many medical facilities and healthcare providers are ill-prepared to deal with a potential onslaught of media during or following a crisis, says Michelle Foster Earle, president of OmniSure Consulting Group.

Here are some examples of crises that consultants on OmniSure’s Helpline team have shared.

A surgery center discovers it has performed...
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Terminating the physician-patient relationship

May 17, 2017, by

Terminating Patient Relationships

Just as it is an acceptable and reasonable practice to screen incoming patients, it is acceptable and reasonable to know when to end relationships.

Termination criteria are numerous and varied. Although not exhaustive, the following are situations in which termination is appropriate and acceptable:

  • Treatment nonadherence—The patient does
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Surgeons are Burnt Out and the Numbers are Staggering

May 06, 2017, by Heena P. Santry, MD

Whether experiencing emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, or a low sense of personal achievement, 4 in 10 surgeons exhibit signs and symptoms of burnout. Among neurosurgeons that number jumps to nearly 60 percent. Burnt out surgeons are more likely to report substance abuse, clinical depression, and suicidal ideation. They are more prone to medical errors.

Interestingly, academic practice,

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A Sensible Alternative to Our Broken System? Medical Malpractice

March 04, 2017, by Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD

As every physician knows, our tort system is broken. Various solutions have been suggested over the years, only to fade away. But now, a promising new system for patient compensation in cases of medical error is being proposed in two states: Georgia and Florida. It makes sense for doctors and patients...
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Ways to Improve Our Medical Liability System and compensate the injured

February 18, 2017, by Staff

As healthcare delivery evolves, the medical professional liability tort system largely remains static. Judges and trial attorneys are forced to navigate endlessly complex rules and legal theories to achieve a simple end: compensating injured patients. Assuming that the United States is not going to move to a "no-fault" system anytime soon,...
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