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Unhappy Docs Provide
Roadmap for Recruiting, Retention

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

A just-released and comprehensive survey from The Physicians' Foundation of more than 12,000 primary care physicians in the United States found some troubling—but not entirely surprising—results. America's primary care physicians are very, very unhappy. [Read More]
  December 1, 2008

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Financial Officer
Madison County Medical Center, Madison, MS. Responsibilities include management of all financial departments, allocation of resources, and preparation of annual budget. You will also be the Hospital Compliance Officer . . . [Read More]

President/Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Health Initiatives, Baker City, OR. The CEO is responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction as well as overall operational management for a CHI health care facility in accordance with the mission, vision and values . . . [Read More]

Regional Vice President of Operations
Consulate Health Care, Staunton, VA. The regional VP of operations will review daily performance regarding census and staffing each facility, review monthly financial performance and compare to budget-feedback . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Chicago Family Health Center, Inc. Responsible for planning, organizing and directing all aspects of the financial department including the development/ administration of accounting and financial policies on finance, accounting, insurance . . . [Read More]

Chief Nursing Officer
Forrest City Medical Center, Forrest City, AZ. The Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) is responsible for providing leadership to nurse employees that will enroll their support, create ownership of goals . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
U.S. healthcare a poor value to many in U.S. healthcare
Apparently, the people who run America's healthcare system aren't happy with their industry. The Washington Post spoke with a number of leaders and found almost universal agreement that the nation's healthcare delivery system is inefficient, possibly dangerous, and certainly not even close to cost effective. "We're not getting what we pay for. It's just that simple," Denis Cortese, president and CEO of the Mayo Clinic, tells the Post. [Read More]
Despite big push, e-prescribing still lagging
It's one of the great medical mysteries of our time: Why are 21st Century physicians stubbornly clinging to 19th Century technology? It's not clear if the federal government's effort to push physicians into e-prescribing is having any effect. In January, Medicare will pay bonuses to physicians who write e-prescriptions. And for a long, long time, it has been widely reported that e-prescriptions are cost-effective, convenient and safer. But the eHealth Initiative reports that only 2% of eligible prescriptions written in the United States are transmitted electronically. [Read More]
Feds' rules change lets states hike Medicaid premiums, copays
Lost amongst last week's holiday cheer, the federal government imposed a rule change that allows states to hike Medicaid premiums and copayments for doctors' services, hospital care and prescription drugs. The new rule allows states, in many cases, to deny care to the low-income beneficiaries who can't or won't pay for their premiums or share the cost of the services. While the rule change is expected to save the federal government money, advocates for the poor say it could prompt Medicaid recipients to delay or forgo care because they can't afford it. This is a tough call. On the one hand, nobody wants to deny medical care to the poor. But on the other hand, the only way to reduce waste is to require everybody to have some skin in the game, and that includes Medicaid beneficiaries. [Read More]
Consensus growing on universal care
After decades of fighting, there appears to be a growing consensus—of sorts—on the need for universal health insurance. The traditional combatants on the issue—labor, business, hospitals, doctors, pols, insurers—have now come to believe that the federal government needs to play a leading role in the creation of universal healthcare, while at the same time preserving the employer-based model. I guess that constitutes a breakthrough in Washington. But I'm not optimistic. There is general agreement on the need and the direction, but once these diverse interests start getting into the muck and mire of details, it will get messy fast. [Read More]
Hospital mammography faces 10-month wait
Coming soon to a hospital near you? Let's hope not! It now takes 10 months to get an appointment for a regular screening mammogram at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Call them today and maybe they can squeeze you in late next September. It's gotten so bad, that the hospital has issued a public apology. The hospital is blaming the backlog on "the growing national shortage of radiologists." [Read More]
Executives on the Move
Jacksonville: Mayo Clinic names Rupp CEO of FL campus
William C. Rupp, MD, a medical oncologist and leader in Mayo Clinic?s network of healthcare facilities in the upper Midwest, has been named CEO of Mayo Clinic?s campus in Jacksonville, FL, effective Nov. 21. Rupp currently leads quality projects for Luther Midelfort, part of Mayo Health System, as well as Mayo Clinic. [Read More]

Media, PA: Riddle Memorial CEO to retire
Riddle Memorial Hospital President and CEO Dan Kennedy is retiring at the end of the year after 29 years with the Delaware County, PA, hospital. Kennedy joined Riddle in 1979 and was appointed president and CEO of Riddle in 2001. No decision on his successor has been made. Donald C. Arthur, MD, the CMO of Main Line Health, will serve as interim president of Riddle while a search for a new CEO takes place. [Read More]

Ada, OK: Interim CEO named at Valley View Regional Hospital
Garry Looper has been named interim CEO of Ada, OK-based Valley View Regional Hospital. The board recently fired former president and CEO Ron Webb. Webb had been with the hospital for four years. [Read More]

Melbourne, FL: Wuesthoff names new board chairman
The Wuesthoff Health System board of directors has appointed Steven Phelps as its new chairman. On the hospital board since October 2001, Phelps is a financial advisor overseeing Central Florida operations for Edward Jones. [Read More]

Evansville, IN: Deaconess CEO picked for bank board
Old National Bancorp has appointed Linda White to its corporate board of directors. White is president and CEO of Evansville, IN-based Deaconess Health System, and has served as an administrator at Deaconess since 1985. [Read More]

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