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A New Kind of Growth Strategy
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Seventy percent of CEOs are concerned that reimbursement cuts will have a strongly negative impact on their organizations, according to the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2009. So it's not surprising that finding a reimbursement solution was the top wish among CEOs to fix the healthcare system.
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  February 13, 2009

Editor's Picks
Selective emergency care
Every day emergency departments treat patients with nonemergent conditions that could be treated by community clinics, primary-care docs, or antibiotics. Should hospitals be able to turn these patients away and refer them or transport them to one of these other provider settings? The University of Chicago Medical Center says, "yes." It's changing the way it admits ED patients by implementing a new form of patient triage. The academic medical center said 40% of the 80,000 patients who go to its ED each year do not need to be there. These visits cost the hospital tens of millions of dollars annually. Opponents of the program are concerned that UCMC will send away a patient who really needs treatment. [Read More]
Top candidates for HHS
Here are two stories discussing candidates for secretary of the Health and Human Services Department. Senior administration officials said that Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is near the top of President Barack Obama's list of candidates. The consideration of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee has drawn the criticism of healthcare advocates because of cuts he made to Tennessee's Medicaid program.
Turnover at the top
Two more senior-level executives have left Nashville, TN-based Saint Thomas Health Services after physician leaders cast votes of no confidence in the management team roughly two weeks ago. The position of Bev Weber, chief operating officer, was eliminated and Angelle Rosata, chief human resources officer, has also left. Jim Houser stepped down as chief executive officer last week. Physicians were concerned about a review of operations that they expected to include budget cuts and more centralized management of the hospitals. [Read More]
When to say uncle
This article from Fast Company offers an interesting commentary about changing an organization's strategic focus due to competition. Abiomed, a technology company that created the first artificial heart, found itself in a very crowded market with similarly-focused and often larger firms. So CEO Mike Minogue refocused the organization on helping sick hearts rest long enough that they could recover on their own. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Congress reaches stimulus accord
Washington Post - February 12, 2009
Bill introduced in Alabama would abolish the Certificate of Need process
Birmingham News - February 12, 2009
HCA hopes to raise $300 million to repay debt
The Tennessean - February 12, 2009
New Jersey's Virtua Health ordered to end 'most top docs' ad
Philadelphia Inquirer - February 12, 2009
Louisiana hospital empty as debate rages over funds
USA Today - February 9, 2009
Webcasts/Audio Conferences
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Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Chief Executive Officer: Nexus Specialty Hospital, The Woodlands, TX. The CEO handles day-to-day operations of the facility as well as planning and program/service line development . . . [Read More]
Chief Operating Officer: Molina Healthcare Inc., Saint Louis, MO. The CNO provides leadership, management, and vision necessary to ensure that the company has the proper operational controls . . . [Read More]
Senior Physician Practice Manager: Medical Center Clinic, Pensacola, FL. This position involves organizing, planning, auditing, and overseeing all business related activity . . . [Read More]
Senior Vice President/Chief Medical Officer: Prevea Health Services, Green Bay/Appleton, WI. The CMO will develop medical policies, and develop and maintain physician mentoring programs . . . [Read More]
Director of Service Excellence/Chief Experience Officer: Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, New London, CT. This position surveys, samples, observes, and assesses all practices and operations across the hospital to achieve maximum patient service and satisfaction . . . [Read More]
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Service Line Management
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