The Macro View – Health, Economics, and Politics and the Big Picture. What I Am Watching Here And Abroad.
September 01, 2022 Edition-----This week it is all about weather and climate change with floods, heatwaves and droughts in Parkistan, Europe and China. In the US drought is causing all sorts of food supply issues and price rises.In the EU was a seeing all sorts of energy supply problems.In Australia we have a feast of investigations into ScoMo, RoboDebt and so on. Lots to browse!-----Major Issues.-----https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/us-alliance-fear-that-dare-not-speak-its-name-20220818-p5bat8US alliance fear that dare not speak its nameUneasiness about divided, inward-looking America fulfilling its security gua...
Source: Australian Health Information Technology - September 1, 2022 Category: Information Technology Authors: Dr David G More MB PhD Source Type: blogs

3 Unexpected Things You Can Do to Be Happier at Work
It’s probably not a surprise to you that happiness leads to success in nearly every domain of your life, including health, friendship, community involvement, creativity and, specifically, your job, career and business.[1]  Happy workers have higher levels of productivity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay. However, happiness probably feels like an ephemeral fairy tale. There’s a global pandemic. Kitchen tables and sofas are the new work cubicle. Interactions with co-workers, vendors and clients are completely virtual. Zoom is now ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carson Tate Tags: career featured happiness motivation productivity tips self-improvement success jobs pickthebrain work Source Type: blogs

The Public Health To-Do List is Choking Doctors and Jeopardizing Patients ’ Lives
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD “By the way, Doc, why am I tired, what’s this lump and how do I get rid of my headaches?” Every patient encounter is a potential deadly disease, disastrous outcome, or even a malpractice suit. As clinicians, we need to have our wits about us as we continually are asked to sort the wheat from the chaff when patients unload their concerns, big and small, on us during our fifteen minute visits. But something is keeping us from listening to our patients with our full attention, and that something, in my opinion, is not doctor work but nurse work or even tasks for unlicensed staff: Our Publi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt public health Source Type: blogs

Mission-Hostile Hospital Management: Quieter, but Still Pernicious After All These Years
Hospitals exist to take care of sick people, with the goal of making them better.  Hospitals employ and work with health care professionals, again who are sworn to put taking care of patients ahead of all other concerns.However, since we foundedHealth Care Renewal, we have noted striking examples of hospital leaders threatening their hospitals ' fundamental mission and/or health care professionals ' core values, which we dubbedmission-hostile management.  We also saw mission-hostile management affecting the broader health care industry, particularly pharmaceutical and device companies.  Most recently, the mo...
Source: Health Care Renewal - December 10, 2018 Category: Health Management Tags: hospitals imperial CEO managerialism mission-hostile management perverse incentives Source Type: blogs

Burnout Returns to Center Stage
A recentMayo Clinic Proceedings guesteditorial, by Yale University physician Kristine Olson, asks the question--to some of us it ' s far from a rhetorical one--whether burnout among her fellow physicians is in fact " A Leading Indicator of Health System Performance? "Seems to me that her gist is: yes, it surely must be just such an indicator. If she ' s right, then our system ' s performance is in a heap of trouble.What is burnout? Our fearless editor, Dr. Poses, has addressed it repeatedly, including a few months agohere in these pages. But burnout is actually hard to delineate and hard to quantify. People quitting? ...
Source: Health Care Renewal - January 30, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: blogs

Non-White or female bosses who push diversity are judged negatively by their peers and managers
By Alex Fradera As the first cohort of women leaders began pushing up against the glass ceiling, many hoped it would shatter… but it only cracked. Today fewer than 10 per cent of Fortune 500 companies are led by people from ethnic minority groups and women combined, and although the reasons are manifold, blame has been laid at the feet of the early pioneers themselves. The accusation is that successful people from underrepresented groups act as gatekeepers, keeping out others to maintain their special status and to identify with the dominant majority (the most famous example being the Queen Bee syndrome where a female b...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - July 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Gender leadership Occupational Race Social Source Type: blogs

Interested in being a locum tenens physician? Read this first.
I receive a significant amount of email in response to my blog posts about locum tenens work. Curious colleagues (from surgeons to internists and emergency medicine physicians) ask for insider insight into this “mysterious business” of being a part-time or traveling physician. I am always happy to respond individually, but suddenly realized that I should probably post these conversations on my blog so that all can benefit. The most common question I receive is: How do the agencies compare with one another? Followed closely by: Where should I start? There is no online rating system for this industry, and so grade-focuse...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - June 16, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/val-jones" rel="tag" > Val Jones, MD < /a > Tags: Physician Hospital Source Type: blogs

Words Of Wisdom For Doctors Interested In Trying Locum Tenens Work
I receive a significant amount of email in response to my blog posts about locum tenens work. Curious colleagues (from surgeons to internists and emergency medicine physicians) ask for insider insight into this “mysterious business” of being a part-time or traveling physician. I am always happy to respond individually, but suddenly realized that I should probably post these conversations on my blog so that all can benefit. The most common question I receive is: How do the agencies compare with one another? Followed closely by: Where should I start? There is no online rating system for this industry, and so grad...
Source: Better Health - June 5, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. Val Jones Tags: Health Tips Opinion Best Locum Tenens gig economy healthcare workforce Largest Locum Tenens Locum Tenens Ratings Quality Locum Tenens Traveling Physician Source Type: blogs

GOP Senators Send Letter to CMS, Requesting MA Changes
In a recent letter to the CMS Administrator, Republican Senators highlighted specific policy recommendations they would like to see incorporated into Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. This includes measures relating to the fee-for-service normalization factor, plan performance rating methods and employer group waiver plans.  The Senators also noted the importance of CMS’s willingness to work with stakeholders and Congress on these issues.  The letter was signed by: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (Utah), Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Finance Committee Senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa), ...
Source: Policy and Medicine - May 29, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

That ’s it: MACRA must die!
The Trump administration has made clear its intentions to drastically reduce the size and intrusive nature of government. Let’s hope that extends to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, otherwise known as MACRA, the heavy-handed new government “value-based payment” program for medical care, enacted in 2015, and set to rear its ugly head beginning this year. MACRA must die. MACRA is administrative overkill in an industry already overburdened by such things. And it makes little sense and will make little difference in our current dysfunctional health care environment. For physicians, MACRA in practice is t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - May 1, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Authors: < a href="http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/post-author/matthew-hahn" rel="tag" > Matthew Hahn, MD < /a > Tags: Policy Medicare Source Type: blogs

Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers
By Alex Fradera Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? Sounds great … but collectivism has some surprising downsides, especially if you’re a star performer. New research in the Journal of Applied Psychology looks at workplace reactions to high performers and their polarising effect on those around them, and shows that in more cooperative climates, hotshots are actually more likely to get a raw deal. Elizabeth Campbell and her colleagues surveyed 350 hair stylists, mainly women, working within a chain of Taiwanes...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - April 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: BPS Research Digest Tags: Occupational Source Type: blogs

50 Ways To Relax And Be More Productive
You're reading 50 Ways To Relax And Be More Productive, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Breaks are for losers, right? Wrong. Breaks are part of our mental and physical programming, and to ignore our instinct to grab a breather is to open the door to stress and reduced productivity. Naturally, when you have things to get done and deadlines to hit, the old adage ‘time is money’ tends to pop up like an angry neon sign every time you feel the urge to rest. But that adage might better be said, ‘quality ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marilyn Tags: motivation productivity tips self improvement best productivity blogs best productivity tips how to relax importance of rest infographics pickthebrain relaxation techiques work life balance Source Type: blogs

Female bosses judged more harshly than male counterparts for being insensitive, disrespectful
By Alex Fradera A woman seeking to make a career was once faced with a road pocked with pits and divots upon which she must not stumble. Rising egalitarian attitudes have done much to remove the most visible of these hazards, but some subtle pitfalls remain. In a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Suzette Caleo of Louisiana State University explores one: the way that female managers are appraised when they treat others unjustly. The research suggests that while the sexes are treated even-handedly when they commit certain injustices, there are some things we still can’t abide from a woman. Caleo asked 140 und...
Source: BPS RESEARCH DIGEST - October 4, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: researchdigestblog Tags: Gender Occupational Source Type: blogs