Don't Let Physician Burnout Threaten Your Practice's Health

Emily Brill
Published: Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017
Sarbajit Mukherjee, MBBS

Sarbajit Mukherjee, MBBS

Recalling the emotional exhaustion of his early months on the job, University of Oklahoma oncology fellow Sarbajit Mukherjee, MBBS, wrote an article exhorting colleagues to acknowledge the issue of burnout among oncology fellows.

Overall, “the cultural changes needed to fight burnout are multifaceted. Does a practice have the resources to support the delegation of tasks? Your resources are becoming leaner and leaner, so how are you going to have the resources to hire more people if your reimbursement is going down?” Zon asked.

A Larger Practice Weighs In

Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS), a large network of community practices spread across Florida, has been able to take some of the pressure off its physicians by delegating responsibility for nondoctoring tasks, CEO Bradley Prechtl, MBA, said. For example, he makes a point to hire reimbursement specialists who know the ins and outs of negotiating on drug pricing. Prechtl said he deems this particularly important, considering that drugs are both the biggest expense and the biggest source of revenue for most practices. Prechtl acknowledged that such hires are more difficult at small practices.
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