HealthLeaders Media HR - April 20, 2009 | Wellness Incentives Persevere Despite Economy
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Wellness Incentives Persevere Despite Economy
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

Even in the throes of a deep recession that is prompting large-scale wage and benefits freezes and mass layoffs, a new survey by the National Business Group on Health shows that many large companies aren't giving up on wellness and health management programs for their employees. In fact, more than half the companies surveyed are providing financial incentives to promote the programs. [Read More]
  April 20, 2009

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

IT Director
Duke Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC. This position is responsible for leading and directing the information technology resources and services to support the clinical and administrative . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
SMDC Health System, Duluth, MN. Directs and guides all financial operations of the Health System, including financial planning, forecasting, and reporting preparation of capital and operating budgets . . . [Read More]

Assistant Chief Financial Officer
West Valley Hospital, Goodyear, AZ. Responsible for assisting in implementing the processes for planning, organizing, and directing the fiscal services of a hospital . . . [Read More]

Vice President for Medical Center Finance
New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY. This role will oversee and direct all aspects of operational, cash, capital budgeting, and forecasting . . . [Read More]

Medical Office Director
Iowa Heart Center, Council Bluffs, IA. Coordinates and manages office operations, hospital services, and personnel in accordance with practice, state, and other regulatory standards . . . [Read More]
Editor's Picks
Interim LSU Hospital plans 300 layoffs
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is considering budget cuts of $24 million at New Orleans' Interim LSU Public Hospital, which would force about 300 layoffs, close the dental clinic, eliminate cancer screenings, and reduce pay for some faculty physicians. The governor says the 283-bed hospital is vastly overstaffed when compared with its national peers, much of it owing to the ramp-up after Hurricane Katrina. [Read More]
Florida hospitals warn Medicaid cuts will cost jobs
Here is one of the great conundrums of Medicaid. The federal match is such a great deal because you get to leverage state dollars to pay for more care. However, too many states are finding that even that equation is too costly. Unfortunately, when they try to cut state Medicaid funding, they find out pretty quickly it's not just a question of taking one state dollar out of the public healthcare system. In Florida, for example, the state Senate is considering slashing $90 million in Medicaid payments to Florida hospitals. The Florida Hospital Association says that loss would actually cost four times that much in economic impact, and would cost thousands of jobs. [Read More]
MN hospital system to reimburse patients for high interest rates
Allina Hospitals & Clinics will reimburse patients $1.1 million to settle a lawsuit that claims the health system broke state laws and overcharged patients with double-digit rates on healthcare bills. This could be a good marketing strategy. Look at the interest rates the other guy is charging for delinquent or outstanding accounts, and offer a lower rate so your hospital can attract non-paying patients. Come to think of it, never mind. [Read More]
U.S. medical data outsourced to Philippines
The Los Angeles Times has an interesting story about how Americans' personal healthcare information is being processed by low-paid workers thousands of miles away. So, if there is a security breach in Manila, will the hospital or physician office in Des Moines get fined for HIPAA violations? Will we even be able to determine if there is a security breach? [Read More]
Workers make greater use of health benefits
A new survey by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans finds that the recession is forcing employers to increase cost-sharing and reduce benefits. As a result, employees are rushing to use their benefits while they still have them. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
MIAMI: Jackson Health System picks local doctor as new CEO
After a nationwide search, the Public Health Trust has voted unanimously to pick a veteran Miami hospital administrator, Eneida Roldan, MD, as the new CEO of the Jackson Health System. She will become the first woman and first Hispanic to lead the tax-supported system, which generates more than $1 billion in revenue from four hospitals, 10 primary care centers, and other facilities. Roldan, a physician who trained at Jackson, joined the system in 2008 as senior vice president. Since the departure of the previous CEO, Marvin O'Quinn, at the end of last year, she has served as COO, interim president, and interim chief compliance officer. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Chopra is nation's first Chief Technology Officer
President Obama has named Virginia Technology Secretary Aneesh P. Chopra to be the nation's first chief technology officer. The president announced the choice over the weekend in his weekly radio and Internet address, adding Chopra to a small group of advisers whose aim it is to enhance and modernize the delivery of government services. The president also named Jeffrey Zients, a chief executive and former management consultant, to be his chief performance officer. The position was initially offered to Nancy Killefer, who withdrew after questions were raised about her payment of taxes. Chopra, appointed by Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine in 2006, had been under consideration for months for a job in the Obama administration, including technology chief at the Department of Health and Human Services. [Read More]

WASHINGTON, DC: Claypool to lead HHS Office on Disability
HHS has named Henry Claypool director of the HHS Office on Disability. Claypool has 25 years of experience developing and implementing disability policy at the federal, state, and local levels, and he has personal experience with the nation's healthcare system from the perspective of an individual with a disability. Claypool now serves as the policy director at Independence Care System, a managed long-term care provider in New York City. Claypool has advised the federal government on disability policy for several years. [Read More]

BOISE, ID: Jeffcoat picked to lead Saint Alphonsus
Sally Jeffcoat has been named president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus, a 387-bed regional medical center. Most recently, Jeffcoat served as the executive vice president/COO of Healthcare Operations for Ascension Health in St. Louis. Prior to that, from 2003 to 2007, Jeffcoat was the president and CEO of Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, AZ. He will begin as CEO at Saint Alphonsus on June 1. [Read More]

CRAIG, CO: TMH CFO to leave May 1
The Memorial Hospital CFO Barry Bergman submitted his resignation April 9 and will be leaving his post May 1. Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer and spokesperson, said Bergman left to pursue a career opportunity in Anchorage, AK. Bergman was the hospital's CFO since April 2007. His departure is the second administrative resignation at the hospital in about a month. CCO Bob Lindberg, who joined the hospital in September 2006, resigned in early March and left TMH on April 3. Lindberg also resigned for personal reasons, Johnston said. Kathy Fagan, inpatient services director, has taken his place as interim CCO. The hospital has not yet named an interim CFO. Quorum Health Resources will be tasked with finding Bergman's replacement. [Read More]

CLEARWATER, FL: Morton Plant Mease names new CFO
Morton Plant Mease Health Care has named Chris Winters the new CFO. In his new position, he will assist senior management with strategic financial planning and budgeting, according to a release. With 17 years of healthcare experience, Winters was previously CFO of the western region of Cleveland Clinic Health System. [Read More]

WOODLAND, CA: Smith named Woodland Healthcare CFO
Janice Smith joins Woodland Healthcare as vice president and CFO. She will serve as the key financial strategist for both Woodland Memorial Hospital and the Woodland Clinic Medical Group. Prior to joining Woodland Healthcare, Janice was a chief administrative officer at UC Davis Health System, where she also helped develop its primary care network, was a manager in managed care operations, and served as budget director. [Read More]

SIOUX FALLS, SD: Sanford's Stys elected TCT chapter rep
Tom Stys, MD, with Sanford Clinic Heart Partners, will serve as state representative for the newly-formed Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics State Chapter of South Dakota. TCT is an educational resource for the interventional cardiology and endovascular medicine community. [Read More]

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