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Leading in Tough Times
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

It's official. The National Bureau of Economic Research announced this past Monday that the United States is in a recession, and has been since December 2007. Granted, this pronouncement wasn't exactly news to many Americans; it merely confirmed the downward economic spiral many of us have been observing for some time. If you're a healthcare executive, you've probably figured out that the healthcare industry isn't recession-proof, either.
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  December 5, 2008

Editor's Picks
Doctors' industry ties disclosed
Here's another example of the push for increased transparency in healthcare. The Cleveland Clinic plans to publicly report the business relationships that its 1,800 staff physicians and scientists have with drug and device makers on its Website. Likewise, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine plans to launch a Website that contains information on all outside activities of its doctors and scientists, as well. Hospitals and physicians have been under increasing pressure to address potential conflicts of interest that can result from these relationships.
Silver lining
The number of healthcare employees being laid off in recent months has been staggering. But if there can be a silver lining, it may be that healthcare organizations now have the opportunity to hire talented professionals that were let go from other organizations. [Read More]
New leadership for Morton Plant Mease Health Care
It's nerve-racking enough just to start a new job. But taking over the helm of a healthcare system during a recession probably adds some additional anxiety to the process. In this Q&A, Glenn D. Waters, the new president of Clearwater, FL-based Morton Plant Mease Health Care, discusses the economy, charity care, and healthcare reform. [Read More]
Partnership offers new life to ailing hospital
Healthcare in Connecticut may be shifting dramatically if a proposed merger between Hartford Hospital and the financially troubled University of Connecticut Health Center comes to fruition. In addition, both UConn and Hartford would align with other health systems in the state to form a new health collaborative focused on public health, research, and teaching. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Boston-based Caritas financing deal put on hold; 160 face layoffs
Boston Globe - December 5, 2008
Insurers propose universal, centralized healthcare
Los Angeles Times - December 4, 2008
Obama policymakers turn to campaign tools: Supporters tapped on healthcare issues
Washington Post - December 4, 2008
Miami Beach's Mount Sinai expects operating losses to double
Miami Herald - December 3, 2008
Arrogant, abusive, and disruptive (and a doctor)
New York Times - December 2, 2008
Economy likely to move up Medicare's insolvency
AP/Yahoo News - December 2, 2008
Cardiologists debate expensive heart scans
New York Times - December 2, 2008
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