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Jennifer Frank, MD

Jennifer Frank, MD

Jennifer Frank, MD, FAAFP, is a family physician in private practice in northeastern Wisconsin, and in perpetual search of the elusive work-life balance that she's heard so much about. She is a mother of four, whose husband, also a physician, is a stay-at-home dad.

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It’s early in the ICD-10 transition, but one doc began dual coding over a year ago and already has a few lessons to dole out.


Being a primary-care doctor often means “minding the gap” for patients and serving as therapeutic reassurance for patients unsure of specialists’ plan of care.

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We all know it’s important to insert breathing room into our lives, so why is doing this so hard? It’s important to accept our limits.

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Taking care of a patient is what doctors strive to do, not judging a bee’s intent, a requirement of the new ICD-10 coding system.


Here’s one unique perspective on why in today’s healthcare environment, it’s not easy to reconcile the clinical and business sides of medicine.

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We know healthcare is changing and will have to continue to change, but this shift will come gradually and need to be driven by a compelling reason.

Physicians should rethink the paradigm of work-life balance, by making choices that are in synchrony with their priorities and responsibilities.

The nonsensical requests need to stop. They have progressed to a distraction and will soon become the reason physicians leave clinical practice.

My challenge to my fellow physicians is to find ways to bring the health coaching you do for your patients to your staff.

Physicians hold a sacred trust to guard their patients' secrets, dignity, and lives. Succumbing to the temptation to vent frustrations is never right.


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