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Lean management principals

How to eliminate waste in just about every operational process in your practice. By Steve Schulz As medical practices look ahead to 2013 for ways to control costs and improve operational efficiency, it is time to look at a couple of options.  One might be considered non-traditional but can yield interesting results, lean management.  And

Physician burnout

Culture of medicine blamed for physician burnout epidemic. By Chelsea Nichols The Mayo Clinic defines burnout as a three pillar syndrome. A low sense of personal accomplishment, emotional exhaustion and depersonalization—treating people as an object instead of human—create what we know as burnout. Virtually every physician experiences burnout at some point in their career, the

Long live the king

Corporate succession plans critical to maintaining healthy organizations. By Cindy Sanders With the exception of the occasional coup, those who inhabit the royal world understand the path to throne is clearly delineated.

Medical News receives media award

Publication addresses healthcare issues, opportunities Medical News, a statewide publication focused on the business of healthcare, received the 2012 Kentucky Psychological Association Media Award (KPA). KPA recognized the newspaper’s dedication to informing Kentuckians about behavioral and physical health issues, dispelling stigma around mental health and revealing opportunities for health improvement and integration. Purchased in 2010

The physician-physician assistant partnership

Why utilizing physician/PA teams improves efficiency, patient satisfaction. Although physician assistants (PA) are relative newcomers to the healthcare field, they have carved out a niche as one of three primary care providers, along with physicians and advance practice nurses. Ann Davis, PA-C, senior director of State Advocacy for the AAPA said the physician assistant field

We are hospitalists, not glorified residents

Three misconceptions cleared. Hospital medicine is a young field. Introduced as a general medical inpatient service, hospital medicine has seen tremendous growth since its birth. The hospitalist service at King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) is just one example. The Ashland, Ky.-based facility houses an established hospitalist service. The program began in 2004 with one provider.