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Who Wants to Work Part Time?
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

The healthcare industry hasn't been immune to job market losses; during the past few months, the number of hospitals and health systems laying off employees has been staggering. Now, leaders at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, IA, are looking for volunteers to switch to part-time status or retire early. Employees have until January 19 to decide.
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  January 16, 2009

Editor's Picks
Outlook for 2009
This editorial offers a look at what healthcare leaders can expect from the year ahead. It makes 10 predictions, including that some healthcare providers will get overzealous and cut too many staff members, which could jeopardize their operations. Other predictions are that cardiovascular care will be distinguished by operational excellence and physician employment will continue to grow. [Read More]
House votes to expand child health insurance
The House approved an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program this week with a vote of 289 to 139. The House legislation would cost nearly $33 billion over 4 1/2 years and would be funded in part by increasing taxes on cigarettes from 61 cents to $1 per pack. Expanding health coverage for low-income children is a top priority for President-elect Barack Obama. This legislation may be the first of a series of stalled measures that are expected to move quickly through Congress. [Read More]
Shared goals
Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and its affiliated doctors and Hampden County Physician Associates of Springfield signed an "Alternative Quality Contract" with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts—the state's largest health insurer. Under the agreement, providers earn a flat rate based on the number of patients that they treat, and they can receive higher payments over time by cutting costs and meeting quality targets. The groups involved hope to improve care and lower costs by having shared goals. [Read More]
Probe investigates whether Kaiser call centers endanger patients
California is investigating Kaiser Permanente's call centers to ensure that all staff members who make medical decisions are licensed. The probe began in response to nurses' complaints that calls were being mishandled jeopardizing patient care. Kaiser contends that call center employees don't actually make any medical decisions. The state Department of Managed Care is trying to determine whether Kaiser is following a 2003 law that strives to prohibit the use of scripts because they cannot be individualized for every caller. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
UnitedHealth to pay $350 million for settlement
Reuters/Yahoo News - January 15, 2009
George Washington University Hospital names new CEO
Washington Business Journal - January 13, 2009
University of Chicago hospital to trim 7% of budget
Chicago Tribune - January 12, 2009
Gastroenterologist shortage is forecast
New York Times - January 12, 2009
Incentive-Based Compensation Plans to Enhance Physician Performance (February 12, 2009)
Service Line Strategies Workshop 2009: Women's Health (On Demand)
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Chief Executive Officer: Horizon Health, Nashville, TN. The Chief Executive Officer CEO is responsible for creating an environment and culture that enables the hospital to fulfill its mission . . . [Read More]
Chief Operations Officer: Regency Hospital Company, Warrensville Heights, OH. The COO manages hospital departments efficiently and effectively to maximize quality of services and profits . . . [Read More]
Chief Nursing Officer: Exempla Healthcare, Lafayette, CO. The CNO is responsible for the overall delivery of safe and effective care provided to patients as well as the financial and operating performance of the hospital . . . [Read More]
Chief Nursing Officer: HealthSouth, Miami, FL. This position is responsible for development of patient care programs, policies, and procedures . . . [Read More]
Chief Operating Officer: National Surgical Hospitals, Corpus Christi, TX. The COO will be accountable for the direction and coordination of all aspects of the facility . . . [Read More]
Flat-World Healthcare

HealthLeaders July 2007
Globalization is no longer an uncertain trend in the distant future. U.S. providers must refine their organizational strategy to compete in a marketplace that is broader than ever before. [Read More]
Service Lines Management
A Spinal Shift

As minimally invasive procedures consume a larger portion of spinal care, provider organizations have many opportunities—and challenges—in an increasingly outpatient service line. [Read More]
Leaders Forum

Key Trends and Implications for 2009 HealthLeaders contributor Steven T. Valentine discusses 10 trends that will have a significant impact on the healthcare delivery system, and where senior leaders and board members should be concentrating their efforts in the difficult year ahead. [Read More]
Audio Feature

What is Old is New Again: Hospital and physician leaders who have been around long enough remember when employing physicians was a sound strategy, then a disastrous one, and now is back again. At the 2008 HealthLeaders Media Top Leadership Teams Conference, David White, CEO of Iasis Healthcare Corp. in Franklin, TN, discussed how the industry can get it right this time. [Listen Now]
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