We value you, our physician partners, and understand you work hard every day. So we created a program that works hard for you. Physician+ is a program dedicated to improving your physical and mental wellness inside and outside of the workplace. It’s built using real-world feedback on the challenges you face, offers practical programs and advice, and is available anytime you need it.
Studies reveal that at least 50-percent of physicians’ nationwide experience stress-related burnout at some point in their careers. It impacts your health and wellbeing, which in turn can impact the quality of patient care and safety.
Below are a few publications that reiterate our driving force behind providing our physicians with resources to decrease stress and reduce burnout so you can do what you do best - take care of our patients.
- Burnout and Satisfaction With Work-Life Balance Among US Physicians Relative to the General US Population
- Physicians' Characteristics Influence Patients' Adherence to Medical Treatment
- Physician burnout: contributors, consequences and solutions
- Burnout and Resilience: A Framework for Data Analysis and a Positive Path Forward
Stark Law Information
What I Need to Know About the Non-Monetary Compensation Exception to the Stark Law
The Stark Law provides for a number of exceptions that may apply to relationships between physicians, their immediate families, and health service entities, such as TGH. One is the Non-Monetary Compensation exception. Unless another exception applies, TGH may only provide non-monetary compensation to referral sources (or their immediate families) in the form of gifts, entertainment, CMEs, fees, etc. that DO NOT exceed the annual limit of $416.00 (2019). In order to avoid being in violation of the Stark Law, any inadvertent overages:
- Must be paid back within 6 months or by the end of the calendar year, whichever is sooner.
- May not exceed 50% of the annual total ($208.00 for 2019).
- May occur more than once every 3 years per physician.
Non-compliance may result in civil monetary penalties, correction actions (up to and including exclusion), as well as False Claims Act liability for TGH. Physicians may also be exposed to liability.
Example: Flowers are sent to a physician’s spouse due to a death in the family. They cost $50. The physician then attends a class and is provided with CME, the value of which is $150. Later, the physician is offered 2 tickets (each valued at $200) for a sporting event. Because the 2nd ticket would exceed the annual limit, only 1 ticket may be given to them. The physician would have to pay for the 2nd one.