HealthLeaders Media HR - May 18, 2009 | HIT Must Reduce Physicians' Hassles With Insurers
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HIT Must Reduce Physicians' Hassles With Insurers
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

We hear a lot of talk about electronic medical records and other greatly anticipated advances in health information technology as the federal government commits tens of billions of dollars to these new tools. But if government wants physicians to embrace HIT, then government must demonstrate that this new technology will reduce insurance hassles. [Read More]
  May 18, 2009

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Kaiser fined $250K for Octo-Mom records leak
We can expect more of these big fines and bad publicity in the coming months and years until healthcare providers—and just about everybody who handles medical records—comprehends that state and federal governments are serious about privacy breaches. [Read More]
Southern Hills MC faces $5 million suit after family barred from seeing dead toddler
This is a heartbreaking story out of Nashville that may prompt many hospitals to examine how they would handle a similar situation. The parents of an 18-month-boy who died at Southern Hills Medical Center last June are suing the hospital and Forensic Medical Management Services because the parents were barred from seeing the toddler's body until six days after his death. At the time, the cause of death had not been determined and the medical examiner's office and Metro Nashville police were conducting an investigation. Southern Hills CEO Tom Ozburn issued this statement that said, in part, "Our staff was supportive and empathetic with the Sinclair family while cooperating as required with the authorities managing the death investigation." Neither parent was ever charged with any wrongdoing in the death of the child. [Read More]
California docs may have to practice what they preach
The president of the Medical Board of California wants physicians in the Golden State to enroll in certified wellness programs, not unlike the wellness programs they frequently recommend for their patients. Board President Richard Fantozzi, MD, says he's even considering making the programs a condition of licensure. Supporters of the idea say it would help physicians recognize the first signs of depression, burnout, abusiveness, out-of-control anger, inappropriate behavior with patients, peers or staff, serious family issues, as well as problems with substance abuse and dependence. Opponents —including the California Medical Association—are calling the idea "naive," "worthless," and "another unfunded mandate." [Read More]
Minneapolis-based medical center cutting more jobs
Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center announced it will eliminate 75 to 100 jobs by the end of June to save money, its second round of layoffs since January. A spokesperson said the hospital has not pinpointed which workers will lose their jobs, or the specific services affected. The hospital will also require administrators, managers, and supervisors to take two days off without pay this year to save money. [Read More]
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From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a safe Memorial Day holiday. HealthLeaders Media HR will take next week off, but will be back with a new issue on June 1.
Executives on the Move
WASHINGTON: Frieden appointed CDC director
President Barack Obama has appointed New York City Health Department Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Frieden is an expert in preparedness and response to health emergencies, and has been at the forefront of the fight against heart disease, cancer and obesity, infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS, and in the establishment of electronic health records. [Read More]

CHICAGO: Griffith to lead American Health Lawyers Association
The board nominating committee of the 10,000-member American Health Lawyers Association has elected Chicago attorney Gerald M. Griffith as president-elect designate/treasurer for 2009-2010. Gerry's term will begin July 1, following the end of the Association's annual meeting in Washington, DC. Gerry will also serve as president elect in 2010-2011 and as president in 2011-2012. [Read More]

CLEVELAND: Cleveland Clinic CIO named to federal advisory committee on HIT
Cleveland Clinic CIO C. Martin Harris, MD, has been named to HHS' Information Technology Standards Committee. As one of 23 experts appointed to the federal advisory committee, Harris will be making recommendations to the national coordinator on standards, implementation specifications, and certification criteria for the electronic exchange and use of health information. Harris, chairman of Cleveland Clinic's Information Technology Division and executive director of eCleveland Clinic, has helped launch Cleveland Clinic's patient portal, MyChart, as well as several other initiatives, including DrConnect for referring physicians, the online second opinion tool MyConsult, and MyPractice Community for private practice physicians. [Read More]

MIAMI: MCH names new 'chief talent officer'
Michael Kushner has joined Miami Children's Hospital as vice president and chief talent officer. Kushner has more than 20 years of experience in the field of human resources, including service in healthcare and other industries. Before joining MCH, Mr. Kushner served for five years as vice president of HR at Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati. Previously, he was vice president of HR for West Tennessee Healthcare. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Webb named CFO at Advanced ICU Care
Advanced ICU Care, an ICU telemedicine staffing company, has appointed Doug Webb as CFO. Webb will develop financial strategy, planning, and forecasts for Advanced ICU Care. Webb was previously CFO of finance and information technology for PICA Group, a professional liability insurer. Before joining PICA, Webb served as senior vice president of finance and administration with Lightyear Communications. [Read More]

DALLAS: Maxwell joins Pearson Partners recruiters
Pearson Partners International has hired Carol Maxwell as a vice president. Maxwell spent seven years spearheading talent management for Tenet Healthcare, which included senior executive recruiting and talent management for the organization's 52 academic and community hospitals. Maxwell will lead Pearson Partners International's healthcare services practice. [Read More]

ATLANTA: Eclipsys Corp. names Pead president and CEO
Eclipsys Corp. has named Philip M. Pead president and CEO. Pead, an Eclipsys director, was chairman, president and CEO of Per-Se Technologies Inc., consulting firm until its acquisition by McKesson in 2007. Pead succeeds R. Andrew Eckert, who has served as CEO and a director since 2005. [Read More]

CHADDS FORD, PA: Soper joins IMA consultants as partner
Paul G. Soper has joined IMA Consulting as a partner. He will work in the firm's national regulatory compliance practice. Soper joins IMA with more than 24 years of financial experience, 20 of which are in the healthcare field. Most recently, he was at Ernst & Young for 12 years where he served as an executive director of Health Sciences Advisory Services. He was responsible for healthcare consulting services to hospitals in Michigan and Wisconsin. [Read More]

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