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What to Do if Your CEO Gets the Ax
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

As a member of the senior leadership team, what happens to you if your CEO gets canned? During these tough economic times, many competent hardworking people have been laid off. It's likely you know some at your company or organization who have gotten the ax simply by being in the wrong place at a time of severe budget constraints. But what I'm writing about today can happen regardless of the economic climate.
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  July 24, 2009

Editor's Picks
Consumers Fear Universal Coverage Could Cause Healthcare Access Bottleneck
My colleague John Commins looks at a study that shows healthcare bottlenecks that result from universal healthcare might be alleviated by shared doctor appointments, online consultations, and worksite clinics. Those solutions probably don't appeal to many, and in fact, Massachusetts has some recent experience to show that bottlenecks will occur. Perhaps this falls into the category of "unintended consequences" of coverage for all. [Read More]
Blue Dogs Give Obama 10 Healthcare Demands
Cost rears its ugly head again, and this time, President Obama needs to step in if any viable healthcare reform bill is ever to reach his desk. Conservative "Blue Dog" Democrats are insisting that any health reform legislation focus on reining in the cost of healthcare, or reform is a nonstarter. One issue considered was the creation of a government advisory panel operating at the federal level to help set Medicare reimbursement rates. It seems to be a sticking point. Obama himself has recommended such a solution. Would Congress ever give up the power of the purse in this instance? [Read More]
Do you believe in miracles?
You're not alone. Turns out that possibly the biggest problem with healthcare cost inflation is you and me. We think American medicine can work miracles, and in some cases that's almost true. At least that's the opinion of Seymour Handler, MD, a pathologist, who argues that television news describes "amazing advances," "sensational cures," and "major breakthroughs," which contribute to the problem, but many of the breakthroughs are in basic science, the fruits of which will not be available for decades. [Read More]
Health coverage may be mandated
One of the few areas of potential agreement in any healthcare reform bill might be the notion that Americans be required to carry health insurance of some kind. But will it have any teeth? Some Massachusetts citizens, who are already required to carry health insurance or pay a penalty that some think is too low, have further skated the rule by buying insurance for long enough to have their malady treated, and then dropping it a short time later. That's one of the issues driving costs out of line with estimates in the state. [Read More]
Live From the AHA Summit
Reich: Economic Recovery Coming, But it Will Be 'Shallow'
Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media - July 24, 2009
Tom Peters' 14 Steps to Prevent the Awful Hospital Experience
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This Week's Headlines
New York state, City pay $540 million to settle Medicaid case
Wall Street Journal - July 22, 2009
Red Tape Snarls Billions of Healthcare Dollars
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media - July 20, 2009
Saying sorry pays off for University of Michigan doctors
Associated Press - July 21, 2009
Health Net to sell Northeast operations to UnitedHealth
Los Angeles Times - July 21, 2009
The new rules for outpatient surgery
Wall Street Journal Health Blog - July 21, 2009
Reform pits city hospitals vs. rural
Boston Globe - July 20, 2009
Inova Health System seeks approval to build Virginia hospital
Washington Post - July 20, 2009

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Generation X and its life-balancing, tech-oriented, team-playing doctors is taking over. But what kind of healthcare will they give us? [Read More]
Service Line Management
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View from the Top

Medicare Advantage Cuts Wrong Prescription for Improving Healthcare Efficiency No physician would develop a treatment plan for a patient without first spending time to accurately diagnose the patient's condition. Misdiagnosis can result in debilitating outcomes for patients, while wasting valuable time and money. In its diagnosis of what ails the U.S. healthcare system, the Obama administration is at great risk of making a costly mistake by proposing cuts in a program that successfully addresses a core problem—the lack of coordinated care, say HealthLeaders Media contributors Robert Margolis, MD, and Craig Frances, MD. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Reform and the Healthcare Leader: David Maizel, MD, vice president and executive medical director with Sentara Medical Group in Norfolk, VA, spoke to me recently on the role of physician retention and recruitment for a system's success. He mixed some novel ideas with a real focus on execution. [Listen Now]
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