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Are CEOs Worth the Money?
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Executive compensation is always a hot topic. And given the fact that we're in a recession and 50% of the nation's hospitals appear to be losing money, according to some reports, the salaries and bonuses that hospital CEOs earn are being even more heavily scrutinized.
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  March 6, 2009

Editor's Picks
White House Healthcare Summit
Sacrifice is emerging as a recurring theme in President Obama's call for healthcare reform. Yesterday, President Obama told key stakeholders in the healthcare reform debate that everyone will be required to make sacrifices to rein in the "exploding cost of healthcare in America today." My colleague, John Commins, wrote a nice summary of the event. For more in depth analysis of President Obama's call for healthcare reform, please check out this piece by two of my fellow editors.
Plan B: Doesn't Look So Bad
President Obama asked Gov. Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas to become his nominee for secretary of health and human services and Nancy-Ann Deparle, former HCFA Administrator, to fulfill the White House health czar position. [Read More]
Stimulus Requests
Baylor Health Care System is wasting no time asking for some of the state's federal economic stimulus money. Baylor is seeking money for a cancer center to be built near downtown Dallas and a diabetes center in South Dallas. Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, offered some advice to potential applicants. "We believe they should not use the money in a way that would create an ongoing obligation for the state," Heflin said. "And we don't believe the money should be spent just because you can get it." [Read More]

This Week's Headlines
Boston's Beth Israel braces for $20 million loss this year
Boston Globe - March 6, 2009
In health plan, industry sees good business
Washington Post - March 5, 2009
A hurdle for health reform: Patients and their doctors
New York Times - March 3, 2009
CEO of Smyrna, TN-based StoneCrest Medical Center steps down
The Tennessean - March 2, 2009
Half of nation's hospitals running losses
Los Angeles Times - March 2, 2009

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Chief Nursing Officer: Christus Health, Lake Charles, LA. The CNO is responsible for patient care delivery, nursing, and nurse practice, and sets direction for quality evidence-based, patient-centered care . . . [Read More]
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