Physician Well-Being & Professional Satisfaction
Your well-being affects the care and health of your patients and the quality of your personal and professional lives. According to the American Medical Association, 44% of physicians are experiencing at least one symptom of burnout. The MMA is committed to supporting physicians and moving the profession toward a healthier and more satisfying one. With a holistic focus on drivers of dissatisfaction and burnout – personal, professional and system-wide – the MMA supports you.
Personal Health & Well-Being
- Health Professionals Services Program (HPSP) - Minnesota's HPSP provides monitoring services to regulated health care professionals whose illnesses may impact their ability to practice safely. The goals of HPSP are to promote early intervention, diagnosis and treatment for health professionals with illnesses, and to provide monitoring services as an alternative to Board discipline.
- Physicians Serving Physicians (PSP) – PSP provides discrete peer support for physicians affected by substance use disorders and independent, confidential wellness resources for all Minnesota physicians, residents, and medical students.
- Practice Well Collaboratory - The Practice Well Collaboratory is envisioned as an innovative and cooperative thought-laboratory to share, promote, and explore innovative strategies and best practices to support physician health and wellbeing and to combat physician burnout.
- AMA Steps Forward – Fifty online modules designed to redesign your practice and reignite your purpose, which can be filtered by topic to personalize learning objectives.
Reclaim the Joy
- Registration Now Open for Wellbeing Conference
The MMA’s Reclaim the Joy of Medicine: The 5th Annual Bounce Back Clinician Resilience Conference will take place Jan. 28, 2021. The one-day, virtual conference will convene physicians and other health care providers, and leaders to explore strategies to reclaim the joy of practicing medicine and bounce back from 2020. The event is dedicated to improving physician and other health care professional well-being and resiliency. Scheduled speakers include: Bryan Sexton, PhD, an associate professor at Duke University and director of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety & Quality; and Kristin Neff, PhD, who is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on self-compassion. For more details, visit the Joy of Medicine website.
- Minnesota Medicine columns – Read contributions from health professionals around the state to learn about their efforts to reclaim the joy.
- Share your experiences* – The MMA would like to hear from you. Please share your stories with us about how you have discovered joy in the practice of medicine, both inside and outside of the clinic (*submission form coming soon).
MMA Advocacy for System Change
- Prior authorization reform - The MMA actively advocates for legislation to reform the prior authorization process to reduce administrative burden while protecting patients from health plans, PBMs, and other third parties from interfering in care delivery. We advocate for speedier decisions from health plans when a PA is required, while also ensuring that denied PAs will be reviewed by Minnesota-licensed physicians with expertise in the treatment of the patient’s condition. In addition, the MMA is advocating for legislation to protect patients from health plans and PBMs forcing them to change drugs that are working for patients.
- Quality measurement redesign - The MMA, in response to members’ requests for help in reducing clerical burden and improving the current state of measurement convened the Physician-Consensus Measures of Performance to Advance Quality and Safety Work Group. This group advocated for bold changes to health-care quality measurement in Minnesota. In 2019, the MMA’s Board of Trustees adopted a set of recommendations that will serve as a foundation to focus sustained attention on the health and health-care issues that are most relevant to all individuals and communities across Minnesota, reduce the burden of measurement for physicians, and drive actionable approaches to assure that Minnesotans are the healthiest people in the nation.