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You Have a Vision. Now What?
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

CEOs should look for ways to include staff members in creating the goals and vision of the organization. Having a common understanding and view of the current external environment can also help senior executives align the organization around a shared vision of the future.
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  February 27, 2009

Editor's Picks
Obama Budget Targets Medicare and Medicaid Payments
What an exciting time in healthcare. A day doesn't pass without another new wrinkle in healthcare reform. On Thursday, President Barack Obama unveiled a $3.1 trillion budget that includes a reserve fund of $630 billion over 10 years for healthcare reform, financed in part by cutting waste and changing payment incentives for physicians, hospitals, and insurers. Two of the biggest provisions involve changing to bundled payments for hospitalizations and cutting Medicare Advantage payments to insurers. [Read More]
Tufts Health Plan CEO: Build On Employer-Based Healthcare Model
As the nation moves closer to major healthcare reform, who better to speak about universal coverage than Massachusetts healthcare leaders? My colleague Les Masterson attended Transforming Healthcare on Thursday where some of the biggest names in healthcare debated national healthcare reform, the stimulus package, and the Massachusetts model. [Read More]
We Applaud The President, BUT...
It happens every time any president makes a speech on healthcare. President Barack Obama had not even left the podium on Tuesday before interest groups and associations added their two cents. They applauded the president for mentioning healthcare, agreed that fixing healthcare is a good thing, and then spun the statements to their own cause. On his blog, Lead Time, HealthLeaders Media Editor in Chief Jim Molpus opines on this subject. [Read More]
Caritas bids to join Massachusetts network of health insurers
The second-largest healthcare system in New England is exploring a new health insurance option that could add another option for low-income Massachusetts residents. Caritas Christi Health Care and St. Louis-based Centene Corp., which works with Medicaid populations, have created a joint venture called Commonwealth Family Health. The program was one of the proposals offered to the Massachusetts Connector Authority Board, which oversees Massachusetts' universal healthcare program. The new venture was the lowest bidder of five proposals. There could be a catch though. One board member said she is concerned about Caritas' venture because the six-hospital network is affiliated with the Boston Archdiocese and does not perform abortions. [Read More]
Healthcare reform: Let the games begin!
With an economic stimulus package passed and a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq established, President Obama has turned to healthcare reform. A 140-page proposed budget outline is the opening to what we expect will be a long and stressful process whose outcome remains unclear, says an analyst from Sg2. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
Hospital president named CEO of MA-based Partners HealthCare System Inc.
Boston Globe - February 25, 2009
Western Pennsylvania hospital closing skilled care units on July 1
AP/Philadelphia Inquirer - February 25, 2009
Recession complicates healthcare recruiting
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - February 23, 2009
Recession likely to boost government outlays on healthcare
Wall Street Journal - February 24, 2009

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