Healthcare Hub: September 2018 Issue
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5 Questions You Should Ask Before Starting a New Job
What is the scariest part of starting a new job? That’s easy. The scariest part is the sheer uncertainty. Being in a new environment, working with a new team, having a different set of expectations to meet—adapting to all these variables can be daunting.
During the interview process, many job seekers refrain from asking a lot of questions that would address these potential challenges because they’re afraid of coming off as needy or insecure.
For physicians, it’s especially important to not let these fears hinder them from getting the information they need before starting a new job. Otherwise, they could end up in an environment that isn’t conducive to their success, which could be detrimental for both them and their patients.
Asking the right questions is the best way to prevent that from happening. From learning how long credentialing takes to what EMR the facility uses, these are the five most crucial pieces of information you need to know before starting a new job.
Sobering Results from the Physicians Foundation 2018 Survey
Physician burnout is no secret, but it turns out the phenomenon is a lot worse than we thought, according to a recent survey. The Physicians Foundation 2018 Survey polled almost 9,000 physicians across the U.S. and found that 77.8% of them experience burnout.
Respondents cited several challenges that contribute to their waning workplace satisfaction. Among these issues, EHRs were of course a major culprit.
As one physician noted, “With EHRs, I can’t see as many patients as I used to. Requirements such as e-prescribing, PQRS, MIPs, etc. only slow me down, decrease the quality time I can spend with my patients, and don’t have a benefit for me or my patients.”
Other issues physicians reported were cumbersome government and insurance requirements, lack of autonomy and the threat of malpractice suits. To learn more, check out the full article here.
Could this Year be the Worst Flu Epidemic Yet?
The CDC reports that 172 children died of the flu last year, a record high that spurs major concerns for the 2018-19 flu season. Worse yet, approximately 80% of influenza-related deaths from last year occurred in children who were not vaccinated.
It remains unclear why the 2017-18 flu season was so severe, as the strains weren’t new or unusual in any way. What was unusual was the prolonged high circulation across all 50 states.
With such mounting uncertainty, it’s not a stretch to think the 2018-19 flu season could be even worse. October is just around the corner, so make sure you, your loved ones and your patients get vaccinated.
Happy Women in Medicine Month! Though September is almost over, it's not too late to celebrate all the women who have dedicated themselves to saving lives. Thank you for the invaluable work you do. We are honored to serve you and hope you enjoyed this latest edition of Healthcare Hub!