Physician Leadership: The Rx for Healthcare Transformation
By Mo Kasti
This is a very important and inspiring book for all physicians, medical staff and healthcare leaders. It can also be used as a resource for how to develop physicians into physician leaders.
The medical system in the United States is facing a financial crisis. The current healthcare cost structure is unsustainable and something must be done to reduce costs and improve the quality of patient care. And the media doesn’t help because it is filled with pages and pages of stories and misinformation about prescriptions to healthcare, which is only harming the healthcare industry even more.
At the same time, physicians are burning out and retiring early. Other physicians seem to be leaving private practices and joining larger systems, making it difficult to assimilate into the new environment and culture. Today’s medical education still falls short of equipping physicians with the necessary skills to succeed in the new healthcare world. In addition to clinical skills, physicians need to be taught leadership, organizational skills, business acumen, collaboration and empathy, alignment with the organizations goals and values, and ultimately cost effective patient care.
One of the chief problems that healthcare organisations face today is a lack of physician engagement and alignment. Physicians who are the lifeblood of healthcare have a tendency to shy away from leadership. Many believe that their goals are merely centered on treating clinical problems but not to engage their peers and lead the healthcare transformation. The danger is that physicians who should be in the vanguard of this transformation are in danger of being relegated to the sidelines. Absent their leadership, healthcare transformation will fail to materialize or resemble at best a patchwork of temporary solutions driven by short-term thinking.
Mo Kasti’s powerful physician leadership model demonstrates the necessary foundational competencies required to be developed by physicians including: leading with purpose, leading with strategy, leading self, leading people, and leading for results. But physician leadership need not be complicated. According to Mo Kasti, Physician leadership is a role that provides purpose and vision to inspire, engage and influence people to collaboratively deliver tangible results. So, there is a difference between a physician and a physician leader. Physician leaders must treat a shift in thinking from autonomous care providers to collaborative, team-based care providers.
This book explains the genesis of the creation of the ground-breaking Physician Leadership Institute, highlighting the symptoms facing physicians and healthcare organizations, provide a solution through a physician leadership model that defines, measures, analyzes, improves, and verifies leadership evolution. Mo Kasti shows how physician leadership marshalls the forces of change to make a difference in performance and outcomes in healthcare organizations throughout the country.
In this book, Mo Kasti invites us to imagine an optimistic future of healthcare—powered by physician leadership. Change is possible by helping physicians develop the leadership skills needed to make our health care system feasible and the best that it could be. The first step is for physicians to be open to this mind shift.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth