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The Fish Stinks from its Head
Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

Hospital leaders and their boards generally recognize that the board's role is shifting. Boards no longer swoop in quarterly to check financial status and go on their merry way. They are involved in patient-safety rounds. They review quality scores. And they are hospital spokespeople in the community. For leaders, this means putting another hat on your already crowded head. Your job as board relationship manager extends far beyond the occasional dinner out. [Read More]
  March 7, 2008

Editor's Picks
The $34 trillion problem
Alan Greenspan calls Medicare the U.S. economy's greatest threat, yet our presidential candidates aren't talking about it. This Fortune Magazine article looks at the problem and why it's such an unsavory topic for presidential wannabes. [Read More]
The boomers are coming but don't panic yet
A fresh take on CMS' dismal health spending forecast: This Health Affairs article says it's not so bad after all. [Read More]
Oregon conducts health insurance lottery
Here's an interesting idea out of Oregon: A health insurance lottery. Theirs costs nothing to enter and provides only a few thousand spots, but why couldn't we roll this out nationwide as part of our state lotteries? Here in Massachusetts, the lottery brings in close to a billion dollars in revenue. Imagine if we added health insurance to the prize pool. We'd get more people insured and make some money to cover those rising healthcare costs. Sounds crazy, I know, but I'd stand in line to buy a health insurance scratch ticket. Health insurance for life? Now that's what I call a jackpot! [Read More]
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This Week's Headlines
Health insurers get poor marks from hospitals
Los Angeles Times - March 6, 2008

Bill includes provision to crack down on doc-owned hospitals
Seattle Post-Intelligencer - March 6, 2008
Fidelity: Couple needs $225K to cover healthcare in retirement
Associated Press - March 5, 2008
Las Vegas clinic may have sickened thousands
Associated Press - March 5, 2008
Audits sting hospitals, physicians
Yahoo! News - March 1, 2008
ER of future fights threats big and small
Reuters - February 28, 2008

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