Back to Balance

Hardcover $25.95
248 pages
ISBN: 978-1-63331-014-8
Published Sept 2017

Ebook $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-63331-015-5

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Back to Balance

The Art, Science, and Business of Medicine

Halee Fischer-Wright

USA TODAY and Los Angeles Times Bestseller

The science of medicine—how we treat
The business of medicine—how we pay
The art of medicine—how we care

In this irreverent, persuasive book, Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright draws on her 30 years of experience to explore why we need all three in balance if we want happier patients, lower costs, and better outcomes.

Through her own stories and others', modern research, and frequent Star Trek references, she exposes our problem: The business and science of medicine are strangling the creative, compassionate, human art of medicine. As they do, we lose the flexibility and time we need to build strong, necessary relationships, informed by smart science and enabled by good business.

In Back to Balance, Dr. Halee pulls back the curtain on the day-to-day challenges and triumphs in health care to reveal that it doesn't have to be this way. From six medical codes for attempted suicide-by-jellyfish to absurd insurance claim processes to technology that hinders as often as it helps—it's time to correct the imbalance with common sense and collaboration. It's time to pay attention to the wisdom of the people on the frontlines. And it's time we learn how to ask more of the right questions and prioritize time, simplicity, outcomes, and relationships.

Whether you're a provider, a patient, or a practice leader, this is the rare book that will change how you think about health care—and what we can all do to make it better.

''Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright has both the diagnosis and prescription for what ails American health care.''

Daniel H. Pink, Author of DRIVE and TO SELL IS HUMAN

''A highly personal account, conveyed through storytelling that is both effective and accessible. Back to Balance is an insightful and delightful read describing the critical need for enhancing the art of medicine in providing health care to the nation.''

James L. Madara, MD, CEO, American Medical Association

''In this timely, astute, and pivotal discussion, the author ... makes great use of pop culture, tying together Marcus Welby, M.D. and Star Trek references to Converse high top sneakers and the novels of Michael Crichton. She also employs a keen sense of humor throughout, which keeps the narrative grounded yet accessible and flexible, and concludes with a smart, multi-pronged strategy.''

Kirkus Reviews

Halee Fischer-Wright has made common sense transformational! Through a series a personal stories, popular culture examples, and rock solid logic, Dr. Fischer-Wright reminds us that we do hold the power to transform health care delivery, if we would reestablish in medicine some basic, commonsense principles and a healthy relationship between art, science, and business. Her approach is workable at every level—from policy to practice. This book is not another esoteric treatise but a straightforward route to providing greater value to the patients we serve.''

H. Stephen Lieber, CAE, President and CEO, HIMSS

''Halee Fischer-Wright beautifully weaves together compelling stories, powerful evidence, and provocative insights in a book that's a joy to read. As a communication advisor I've watched health care leaders struggle to articulate what's wrong with medicine today and how to solve those challenges. Back to Balance clearly explains how art, science, and business all play a role in reimagining a health care system that reflects that highest expression of our talents.''

Halee Fischer-Wright

About The Author

Dr. Halee Fischer-Wright, who received her M.D. from the University of Colorado, is a nationally recognized physician leader, health care executive, and former business consultant, whose work focuses on innovation and creating cultures of excellence. Dr. Fischer-Wright is president and CEO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and is the co-author of Tribal Leadership, a New York Times bestseller about leveraging natural groups to build a thriving organizations. Prior to assuming her current role, she was a practicing physician, management consultant in multiple industries, president of Rose Medical Group, and chief medical officer within Centura Health. She is the recipient of multiple national awards for leadership in innovation, health care, business, and women’s leadership. Dr. Fischer-Wright holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, a master’s degree in medical management from the University of Southern California, and a certificate in executive leadership coaching from Georgetown University. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

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