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Florida Medical Magazine Spring 2017

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32 www.FLmedical.org FLORIDA MEDICAL MAGAZINE SPRING 2017 FMA CEO Timothy J. Stapleton has worked closely with state and national physician leaders in organized medicine for more than 20 years. In the following Q&A, he discusses the importance of giving young physicians a voice, what e ective leaders have in common, and creating accessible, modern professional development resources for all FMA members. Q: Doctors have always been at the forefront of shaping health care, but what makes new physician leadership especially urgent today? A: We are in an age of constant change in health care and ever-increasing demands are being placed on physicians. is has created extraordinary challenges but also tremendous opportunities for physicians. ere is a considerable amount of data demonstrating that physicians hold the key to improving health care in the United States. If you look at the rankings of the best hospitals in the country, those at the top of the list are physician-led institutions. A study of the country's 100 best hospitals published in U.S. News and World Report in 2011 showed that hospital quality scores are approximately 25-percent higher in physician-run hospitals. In addition, recent analysis shows that physician-led accountable care organizations (ACOs) have been far more successful than hospital-led ACOs in achieving cost savings. e bottom line is that physician leadership is what diff erenti- ates successful health care organizations and delivery models from those that are struggling to balance the competing goals of quality and cost. Heath care organizations are starting to recognize that the key to their success is having a pool of physician leaders who can help drive change. at is why you are seeing hospitals, medical societies and business schools developing physician leadership programs across the country. Q: What have you observed as some common character- istics of eff ective physician leaders? A: What I have noticed over the years is that the best physician leaders are those who have mastered the concept that leadership is about persuasion and infl uence rather than positions or titles. To be eff ective at leading others, you fi rst have to be self-aware and understand the concept of emotional intelligence. is is not something that physicians learn about in medical school. In fact, the command-and-con- trol environment that physicians are trained in might actually What Physician Leadership Means Now — And Why it Matters { L E A D E R S H I P } with FMA CEO Timothy J. Stapleton

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