Neil H. Baum, MD, presented “17 Inches: A Baseball Metaphor That Has Healthcare Implications” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in April 2021.

How to cite: Baum, Neil H. “17 Inches: A Baseball Metaphor That Has Healthcare Implications” April 2021. Accessed Aug 2022.

17 Inches: A Baseball Metaphor That Has Healthcare Implications – Summary:

Grand Rounds in Urology Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School, offers advice on maintaining standards in a medical practice. He provides common examples from physician lateness to addressing after-hours patient calls for routine medication refills. Instead of “widening the plate” as the baseball metaphor goes, Dr. Baum insists that doctors must hold themselves accountable to the same standards as those they serve. For example, if a doctor is consistently late, thereby requiring staff to make excuses for them, they should consider whether they would accept such behavior from a patient. Or if a payor denies a request for a procedure or medication based on a prior authorization requirement, should the doctor continue to accept this payor knowing that they may create additional work and future delays? Dr. Baum proposes physicians maintain their standards instead of modifying their protocols or behavior to accommodate others.

For more commentary on practice management and telemedicine from Dr. Baum, visit his Improving Your Urology Practice page.