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Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

The Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act was officially signed into law on March 18, 2022 by the president. The law is named for Dr. Lorna Breen, a New York City based Emergency physician who died by suicide in April 2020 during the height of the COVID pandemic. The law seeks to identify and address the causes of burnout in physicians and health care professionals. The law will support a two-year timeline in which the Health and Human Services (HHS) will research best practices for improving the mental ...

Five Creative Ways to Fund Your Physician Wellness Program

by Dr. Ewards-Ojeba of Recharged MD.  Recharged MD aims to help health systems to create and grow sustainable, internal wellness programs. Ask many chief wellness officers (CWOs) and they’ll identify funding as the elephant in the room stifling the organization’s ability to develop effective physician wellness programs. Unfortunately, organizational-level funding to combat physician burnout remains few and far between. In this article, we hope to spark some creative ideas for financing your organization’s wellness programs.  1) Make Your Wellness Program CME Accredited Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Board of Medical Specialties ...

Changes in Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Integration in Physicians and the General US Working Population Between 2011 and 2020

Link | PDF  A new study conducted by the American Medical Association, Stanford University, and the Mayo Clinic evaluates the prevalence of burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among physicians and U.S. workers in 2020 relative to 2011, 2014, and 2017. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, shows that burnout and satisfaction with work-life integration among U.S. physicians improved between 2017 and 2020. Physicians in specialties most impacted by COVID-19 experienced no significant changes in burnout. Additionally, physicians remain at increased risk for burnout relative to ...

CMA Announces New Statewide Effort to Promote Physician Wellness

As the delivery of health care undergoes fundamental shifts and the rate of burnout among physicians continues to rise, physician wellness and professional fulfillment have become hot topics throughout the health care community – and for good reason. In a recent Medscape survey, nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors said they felt burned out, depressed or both. More troubling still, one-third of respondents said such feelings affected their relationships with patients. Burnout can erode the quality of patient care and decrease patient satisfaction. It can also limit patient access to care, as physicians experiencing burnout ...