Like many professionals, physicians are fundamentally oriented toward optimizing “productivity.” This is partly due to the urgency of their work: when physicians are more productive, they provide care for more people who need it. 

The single most important thing healthcare executives can do to impact productivity is remove the key barriers clinicians face.

This may not be as simple as it sounds. In an article featured on the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) website, “4 Steps to Improving Physician Productivity,” SCP Chief Growth Officer Lisa Fry, and SCP Chief Clinical Operations Officer Dr. Stephen Nichols, discuss four steps for influencing improvement: 

  1. Remove the common barriers to physician performance
  2. Select the right leadership 
  3. Select the best way to measure your programs' productivity and operational efficiencies
  4. Ensure incentive alignment

If your initiative addresses physicians’ and other clinicians’...