American Association for Physician Leadership

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Physician Leadership: More Valuable Than Ever —

A White Paper from the American Association for Physician Leadership

Quality Improvement

Welcome to the HALM Journal from the American Association for Physician Leadership

Peter B. Angood, MD, FRCS(C), FACS, MCCM, FAAPL(Hon)

Every other month, the HALM Journal will deliver indispensable and reliable results-oriented guidance for a healthcare industry moving toward inter-professional management and leadership that positively impacts patient care outcomes and population health.

Communication Strategies

The Research-Backed Benefits of Daily Rituals

Michael I. Norton

While some may cringe at forced corporate rituals, research shows that personal and team rituals can actually benefit the way we work. The authors’ expertise on the topic over the past decade, plus a survey of nearly 140 HBR readers, explores the ways rituals can set us up for success before work, get us psyched up for important presentations, foster a strong team culture, and help us wind down at the end of the day.

Healthcare Process

How Partnering with a Chronic Care Management Partner Improves Patient Communication and Coordination for Eligible Medicare Beneficiaries

Janis Coffin, DO, FAAFP, FACMPE, Catherine Van Alstine, BS, Nicollette Leung, MD, Darnelle Ambo, MD, Carla Duffie, MHA, DNP

The article discusses chronic care management services that are essential for patients with two or more chronic conditions. CMS has designed a care plan that facilitates communication and follow-up according to the chronic care management codes.

SoundPractice Podcast

The Rules of Healthcare Practice Marketing with Dr. Neil Baum

Neil Baum, MD

Neil Baum, MD, is a renowned leader in medical practice marketing and a pioneer in the field, having authored the first textbook on the subject in the 1990s. Today, Baum continues to share his knowledge through writing, lectures, and consulting on healthc...

Technology Integration

Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT: Physician Friend or Foe?

Neil Baum, MD, David F. Mobley, MD

This article discusses the history of artificial intelligence, provides an example of using artificial intelligence to obtain prior authorization, and discusses the ethical considerations of this exciting new technology.

Technology Integration

Telehealth and Transitional Care: Reducing Readmissions and Emergency Return Visits and Improving Primary Care Access with Limited Budget

Gilmer Rodriguez, MD, MPH, MMM, CPE, FACP, FAAPL, David Meltzer, MD, PhD, Lourdes Rodriguez, BA, Virginia Lewis, MPH, Monroe Chen, MS-HSM

This article focuses on how an organization was able to develop and implement innovations to reduce readmissions using internal resources, with almost no extra budget.

New Book

I Want to Be a Chief Medical Officer: Now What?

Rex Hoffman, MD, MNA, FACHE, CPE

Successful CMOs and subject matter experts share valuable insights and knowledge to help you succeed on your journey to becoming a CMO.

Strategic Perspective

Middle Managers Should Drive Your Business Transformation

Michael Mankins, Patrick Litre

It’s time to redefine the approach to transformation. Instead of the traditional top-down targets and bottom-up delivery model, leadership should adopt a middle-out approach.

Motivate Others

Five Ways Executives Can Manage Conflict with the Board

Sabina Nawaz

High stakes, strong wills, and increasing uncertainty can make decisions at the top of your organization fraught. The backing of a board can mobilize an organization, but a significant divergence of vision and values may lead the board to stall progress on an organization’s highest priorities — and even unseat a CEO. Executives must proactively and productively make covert disagreements overt and foster a healthy dialog with board members.

Team Building

Improving Engagement in Healthcare Providers Using Appreciative Coaching Exercises

Michael Beck, MD, Angel Schuster, MD, Julie Tomko, RN, BSN, MSN, CRNP, Christine Irvin, MD, Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, MD, MSc, George F Blackall, PsyD, MBA, ABPP

Studies have demonstrated that reducing the drivers of burnout does not enhance engagement, but that improving employee engagement does reduce burnout. To refocus the discussion toward improving engagement, this article reviews engagement through a top-down strategic lens and bottom-up proactive lens.

Technology Integration

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: The Revolutionization of Medicine

Steven D. Brass, MD, MPH, MBA, FACHE, Donald Larsen, MD, MBA, MHA, FACHE, Deeksha Panuganti, BS, Noorafsha Khan, BS, Vijay P. Khatri, MBChB, MBA, FACS, FSSO

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a significant part of healthcare, with the potential to alter the landscape of medicine as we know it. The primary objective of this review is to provide definitions of crucial AI terminology and explore how AI is revolutionizing aspects of healthcare that encompass diagnosis, clinical operations, and treatment.


Mountains of Modules: Assessment and Redesign of Online Mandatory Training to Promote Physician Wellness and Reduce Burnout

Nicole H. Goldhaber, MD, MA, Monica Gudea, BA, Ron Skillens, MS, Nicole Perez-Hall, BA, Kepa Francisco, Linda Brubaker, MD, Robert El-Kareh, MD, MPH, MS

Healthcare organizations commonly use mandatory online training modules to meet regulatory compliance and improve patient safety and quality of care. These well-intentioned efforts have increasingly burdened physicians and detracted from physician wellness. The authors aimed to characterize this burden and identify opportunities to redesign the module to reduce this burden while maintaining regulatory compliance.

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


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