Our very own Richard Kube, MD was asked by Becker’s Spine Review to take part in their weekly series, ‘Ask Spine Surgeons’, to discuss what’s keeping spine surgeons up at night. Continue reading below to see what he had to say about rule changes, employee job satisfaction, and physician job satisfaction!
Question: What keeps you up at night as a spine surgeon?
Richard Kube, MD. Prairie Spine (Peoria, Ill.): I worry about rule changes. Specifically, I worry what regulation or rule will be passed, which adds little if any value to patient care, but creates an administrative burden for our practice. These types of changes are hard for smaller organizations to handle.
That leads to the second item: employee job satisfaction, and third, physician job satisfaction.
Human nature is to desire success. While we all define success a little differently, in general, people wish to have clear tasks. They want to know that they can achieve their tasks. They want to be liked by their peers. They want to avoid tasks that appear meaningless or without impact upon what they feel is important. As market forces driven by large health entities and the government squeeze smaller independent health providers, there is less focus on the individual. There is less autonomy for the individual. That is not a good thing. Employees and physicians alike feel unheard and unappreciated. I love what I do, and I believe our employees love working for us. I would like to see that continue well into the future.