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Colleagues, The subject of physician burnout is nothing new to the readers of this magazine. Much ink has been spilled over the topic and its adjacent themes in this publication in recent years, and for good reason. Nearly 50 percent of physicians suffer from burnout. Nearly 30 percent of those suffering want to quit the practice of medicine all together....
Updated June 8, 2021 — As a larger segment of the U.S. population has become vaccinated, COVID-19 cases and deaths have substantially declined. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Vaccine Data Tracker, roughly half of the U.S. population has had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with around 41 percent being fully vaccinated...
One of the most effective ways of letting elected officials know an organization’s views on issues is through personal meetings. In political terms, this is called lobbying. The MSMS Government Relations team provides elected officials with the information they need to make the best decisions for their constituencies. We also try to connect legislators directly with their constituents. Elected officials...
“We are living through an unparalleled time that has laid bare significant gaps in health equity in many communities across the state. are much less healthy, less safe, have fewer opportunities for jobs, are more likely to be food deserts, and have poorer access to health care than many other communities in the state.” Theodore Jones, MD, Wayne...
Summer months are the perfect time for fun, family, and friends, and for catching back up on vaccines. While busy parents make listsand stock up on back-to-school essentials, take the time to reach out and remind them that vaccines are important back-to-school items too. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a...
Q: I am trying to fill a clinical position and am not having a lot of luck. When I talk to my colleagues, it seems I am not alone in my recruiting struggle. There are several factors at play – inadequate numbers to meet current hiring demands, inflated unemployment payments due to the federal subsidy and ongoing fears and/or...
Q: I received notice of a class action settlement from BCBSM. It states that it is being sent pursuant to an order of the U.S. District Court in Alabama. What, if anything, do I stand to get from this settlement? Does the settlement contain any changes to the way the TRUST or other networks are administered? You received this notice...
As physicians, it is our goal to improve outcomes for all patients. We work continually to pursue new scientific research and better treatment options for all our patients. But there is one area of improvement that still needs much more attention. A growing body of research shows that different populations of patients experience disparate health outcomes based on race, age,...
Across the continuum of care during the COVID-19 pandemic, what has changed is not so much the direction of healthcare evolution, but its speed. For the next decade, we will all be carried along on a jet stream of change. Those who innovate and lead—moving their organizations forward as the landscape continues to change—will succeed, while those unable to...
Accelerating scientific advancement. Cutting-edge research. Unprecedented numbers of treatment options. With all these high-tech innovations at a physician’s disposal in 2021—and with the threat of pandemic still lingering—stopping to focus on the competitiveness of an individual practice may strike providers as a low priority. But changing federal requirements, coupled with COVID-induced changes in how business gets done, is raising the bar. And...

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