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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

A California hospital came under attack last week for firing 13 nurses in the last three months. Four of the fired nurses were long-time employees, and eight had more than 20 years of nursing experience. I don't know the ins and outs of this particular situation (these nurses may have been great caregivers) but the article brings to light one of management's biggest downsides: Firing people. [Read More]
  Nov. 9, 2007

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Predicted shortage in California
A main theme in this week's (nay, year's) news is staff shortages. First in California, a report by Health Workforce Solutions LLC says the state's demand for health professionals is expected to grow by 26 percent in less than a decade while "allied health" professionals, especially clinical laboratory specialist, physical therapy assistants, and dental hygienists will have the greatest shortfall. Articles in the Washington Post and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel highlight some of the more creative ways that states and hospitals are hoping to overcome the nationwide shortage. A Maryland proposal seeks to nearly double the number of first-year students admitted annually to the state's nursing schools. And in Florida, JFK Medical Center in Palm Beach will launch a new residency program this summer, for which hundreds of applications have already been submitted. [Read More]
Experts propose rules to rate hospitals' safety
As more and more hospitals and organizations publish patient safety data, the validity, accuracy, and comparability of that data is increasingly questioned. A team of Johns Hopkins experts has proposed guidelines for rating hospital safety, a step toward standardizing the plethora of ratings that exist. The new guidelines, published in the November 7 issue of JAMA, address three key concerns: Are the measures important? Are they valid? Are they useful for the goal of improving patient safety? [Read More]
Highmark's gift cards can cover insurance, medical fees
Just in time for the holiday season, Pittsburgh health insurer Highmark Inc. is selling a Healthcare Visa Gift Card to cover co-payments, prescriptions, elective surgery, and other health-related expenses. Gift-card sales rose by 32 percent to $25 billion last year, so Highmark is hoping to capitalize on this popularity. An interesting gift idea for college students and expectant parents, but I hope my husband doesn't hear about this one. [Read More]
Solve the succession crisis by growing inside-outside leaders
Although recently ran a story on America's oldest CEO, 106-year-old Jack Weil, this type of longevity is far from typical--especially in healthcare. Turnover among healthcare CEOs is around 16 percent annually, and few healthcare systems have a succession plan in place. This HBR article outlines the importance of grooming leaders from within. [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
CMS releases 2008 OPPS final rule
Briefings on APCs - November 6, 2007

A model for healthcare that pays for quality
New York Times - November 7, 2007
For CEOs, off-duty isn't an option
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - November 6, 2007
Beyond those healthcare numbers
New York Times - November 4, 2007
Nurse-led intervention boosts cardiac rehab, study says
HealthDay/Washington Post - November 5, 2007
Consultants who'll do the firing for you - November, 2007

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