SoundPractice Podcast

SoundPractice Podcast

The business podcast for physicians and health care leaders.

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Climate Change, Emotional Inflammation, and Physician Leaders with Dr. Lise Van Susteren

Climate change is most often thought of in terms of unpleasant weather events.  We occasionally think about specific animal species being impacted by climate change.  Less focused upon are the mental health consequences experienced from an unpredictable environment. Lise Van Susteren, MD, is a general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, and an expert on the physical and psychological impacts of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the United States: And Why the U.S. Mental Health System Is Not Adequately Prepared. Van Susteren is also clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University and has been a consultant to the executive branch of the U.S. government profiling world leaders.  She joins host Mike Sacopulos to discuss her work.  Meteorologists and politicians can debate the causes of climate change, but physicians and other healthcare professionals are left to care for the people impacted. Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
January 25, 2023

Supply Chain Management and the Role of Physician Leaders

Host Mike Sacopulos discusses supply chain management, from the perspective of the physician, the institution, and the patient, with Jimmy Y. Chung, MD, MBA, FACS, FABQAURP, CMRP, chief medical officer of Advantus Health Partners (a subsidiary of Bon Secours Mercy Health) and a board member of the American Association for Physician Leadership. Dr. Chung has spoken at conferences around the country as an expert on clinical integration of supply chain and development of physician leadership in optimizing the cost, quality, and outcomes of healthcare. “Physicians play an important and critical role in the management of supply chains,” says Chung.  In this podcast episode, Chung describes the lessons learned through the COVID-19 pandemic, efficiencies and costs savings that can be gained, and tactics for aligning with physicians for the safety of patients and improved patient outcomes. Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at
January 11, 2023

Advanced Health Technology, Adoption, and Integration With Brian D. McBeth, MD, CPE

The integration of technology comes with risks while holding the promise of promoting quality of care. Often, quality requires a multi-disciplined approach to both implementation and use.  In this important and widely applicable episode, Mike Sacopulos and Dr. Brian McBeth discuss not only the use of technology for healthcare, but the need for humility in the implementation and use of technology.  He is a contributing editor to the forthcoming book on the topic, Advanced Health Technology: Managing Risk While Tackling Barriers to Rapid Acceleration. Dr. Brian D. McBeth, an attending emergency physician, has worked in clinical medicine and hospital administration for more than 20 years. He completed the American Association of Physician Leadership’s program as a Certified Physician Executive and is currently Physician Executive at O’Connor Hospital in the Health System of the County of Santa Clara, where he oversees patient safety, hospital quality programs, COVID strategy and response, as well as physician performance and professionalism. Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
December 28, 2022

Katy Butler and Her Book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

Award-winning journalist, public speaker, and bestselling author Katy Butler has written two groundbreaking books about the end of life and is a thought leader in the national movement for medical reform. Her first book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, a national bestseller, was named one of the 100 Most Notable Books of 2013 by the New York Times.  The book was based on her groundbreaking 2010 New York Times Magazine article about her family’s difficult end-of-life experiences. (“What Broke My Father’s Heart”)  SoundPractice host Mike Sacopulos interviewed Katy Butler about her new book, The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life. A popular speaker on doctor-patient communication and the choices families face near the end of life, Katy has given keynotes and Grand Rounds at Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente, UCSF, and elsewhere. Her interests include Slow Medicine, aging parents, bioethics, parental caregiving, spirituality, dementia, family caregiving, Alzheimer’s Disease, end of life decisions, compassionate care, comfort care, palliative care, hospice, meditation, Zen practice, Buddhism, and how people transform themselves and their lives, especially at the boundary of the psychological and the spiritual. To order Katy Butler’s books:  Books ( Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
December 14, 2022

Two Career Physician Marriages and Partnerships with Dr. Yolanda Becker and Dr. Bryan Becker

Marriages and domestic partnerships between physicians are not unusual. Unfortunately, the practice of medicine can be stressful.  Managing a successful relationship between physicians takes some effort and planning. The shared experience of healthcare and having a partner who shares a perspective and passion for medicine is a positive. But some conventional strategies for domestic bliss simply doesn’t work when it comes to busy physicians. Today, this practical episode focuses on a pair of physicians, Yolanda T. Becker, MD, FACS and Bryan N. Becker, MD, MMM, CPE, FACP, who have given great thought on how to make a relationship between physicians thrive.  Innumerable factors affect the lives and careers of two physicians who are married or are partners — especially when the physicians hold leadership positions. Dr. Bryan Becker and Dr. Yolanda Becker wrote on this topic for the AAPL Physician Leadership Journal. Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
November 30, 2022

Combating the Challenges of Clinical Documentation with AI

As value-based care gains traction across the healthcare landscape, clinical documentation will continue to be subject to intense scrutiny from internal and external stakeholders. Yet, healthcare organizations must take care not to exacerbate the cognitive overload and administrative burdens that plague clinicians today. Join Robert Budman, MD, MBA as he discusses the role of AI-based computer-assisted physician documentation (CAPD) technology in enhancing the accuracy of documentation and easing the burden on clinicians. On today’s SoundPractice episode, Mike Sacopulos interviews Dr. Robert Budman, Chief Medical Information Officer at Nuance Communications. Board Certified in Family Medicine & Informatics, Dr. Budman focuses on efficiency, safety, and quality initiatives, with global experience in multi-EHR and service line care delivery. In his role at Nuance, he primarily supports the CAPD product line, and speaks extensively on healthcare IT. Delivered in a streamlined workflow, Nuance’s proven, evidence-based guidance enables clinicians to capture complete and accurate documentation at the point of care. Discover how to drive better outcomes across the continuum of care with Nuance’s portfolio of CAPD solutions, backed by sophisticated artificial intelligence. To learn more, Learn more about the American Association for Physician Leadership at  
November 16, 2022

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SoundPractice, hosted by the American Association for Physician Leadership®, delivers practical information and fresh perspectives for physician leaders and those running healthcare systems. Physician advocates Michael Sacopulos, JD (healthcare attorney, author, speaker) and Cheryl Toth, MBA (business writer, speaker - former practice consultant and healthcare tech executive) bring you the best thought leaders, crisp humor, and pithy tips to help your healthcare organization thrive.
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Cheryl Toth, MBA

Cheryl Toth, MBA

Cheryl Toth, MBA, is a professional development leader, trainer, and content creator. Her passion is empowering physicians and practice teams to achieve goals, improve performance, and enjoy their work.

She brings 25 years of practice management consulting, training, healthcare technology leadership, and content development to her projects.

Cheryl has a BS, Music from Western Michigan University and an MBA, Finance from Loyola University Chicago. She received coaching training from Erickson College. A distance runner and life-long learner, Cheryl enjoys culinary, visual, and performing arts, loves to travel, and aspires to speak Spanish fluently.
Michael J. Sacopulos, JD

Michael J. Sacopulos, JD

Mike is the CEO of Medical Risk Institute (MRI), a firm that provides proactive counsel to the healthcare community in order to identify where liability risks originate, and reduce or remove these risks. Mike’s unlawyerlike pragmatism and clever wit make him a sought after speaker by national specialty societies MGMA national and state chapters, and trade associations.

Mike is General Counsel for Medical Justice Services where he is tasked with keeping the organization’s members out of meritless lawsuits. In a fit of madness, Mike agreed to work with a Lloyd’s of London firm, to write the first cyber insurance product designed exclusively for healthcare industry.

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