HealthLeaders Media HR - October 5, 2009 | Government Should Act on Mandatory Flu Shots
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Government Should Act on Mandatory Flu Shots
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

The H1N1 flu is expected to hit hard this fall. Healthcare professionals, for obvious reasons, are particularly susceptible to falling ill at a time when hospitals are having a hard enough time finding adequate staff. With this in mind, it's time for states or the federal government to mandate vaccinations for healthcare employees with direct contact with patients. [Read More]
  October 5, 2009

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Healthcare sector job growth continues
Healthcare continues to be one of the few sectors in the economy that's consistently reported job growth throughout the recession. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data show about 19,000 health-care jobs were created in September, bringing the total to 13.67 million. In the last year, the healthcare sector has added about 300,000 new jobs, at a time when the rest of the economy shed about 6 million jobs. [Read More]
Payment scheme irks MA hospitals, physicians
Hospital executives and physicians in Massachusetts are frothing mad about a state proposal to radically restructure how they are paid. A commission, which included key legislators and members of Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, recommended in July that private and public insurers scrap the fee-for-service system. Instead, the commission said that insurers should pay providers predetermined, per-patient annual "global payments," which would cover all of a patient's medical care. Doctors and hospitals would have to form larger groups—called accountable care organizations—that would provide most of the care for individual patients and divvy up the payments. The change would mean that hospitals and doctors are at greater financial risk if their patients need a lot of expensive medical care. There's also greater risk that patients would be denied necessary but very costly care, as some patients experienced during the early 1990s under capitation. [Read More]
Put it in writing: Document disruptive behavior
Disruptive employees aren't commonplace in most healthcare settings. But they aren't so rare that you shouldn't have a plan in place for how to deal with them. Unfortunately, that's a message a lot of medical groups and hospitals aren't getting. And when it comes time to discipline disruptive employees, experts say you need to follow the three Golden Rules: Document, document, document! [Read More]
Executives on the Move
DALLAS: Tenet appoints new CMO
Tenet Healthcare Corp. has appointed Kelvin A. Baggett, MD, senior vice president and CMO, effective Oct. 26. He will assume the duties overseen for the past two years by Tenet COO Stephen L. Newman, MD. Baggett will be responsible for Tenet's ongoing efforts to continuously improve the safety and quality of clinical care. Baggett joins Tenet from HCA, Inc. where he served as COO and vice president, clinical strategy for the HCA Clinical Services Group. [Read More]

CINCINNATI: Fisher named CEO at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Michael Fisher has been elected the next president and CEO of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center effective Jan. 1. Fisher has been a member of the Cincinnati Children's Board of Trustees for five years. Fisher will take the position held by James Anderson for the past 12 years. [Read More]

OLYMPIA, WA: Eastern State Hospital CEO retires
One week after the highly publicized escape of a potentially dangerous patient during a field trip to a county fair, longtime Eastern State Hospital CEO Harold "Hal" Wilson announced his retirement from the state-run mental health hospital, effective Oct. 1. The State of Washington is investigating the incident. Eastern State Hospital COO Connie Wilmot has agreed to become the acting CEO of Eastern State Hospital during the transition. The state will announce the steps in the recruitment of a permanent CEO in the near future. Wilson, who began his state service as an accountant at Eastern State Hospital, had been with the state for more than 28 years. He was named CEO of the hospital 10 years ago. [Read More]

SPRING HILL, FL: Oak Hill Hospital names new CFO
HCA's Oak Hill Hospital has announced the appointment of Chance Phillips as CFO. Phillips has worked as an accountant for Outback Steakhouse International and an auditor for Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Phillips has also served as controller and co-ethics and compliance officer at Oak Hill Hospital from 2001 to 2005. Phillips most recently served as CFO of HCA Patient Account Services. [Read More]

DALLAS: Broadlane appoints Greg Ericson CIO
Broadlane, a cost-management company for healthcare providers, has appointed Greg Ericson as CIO. Ericson most recently was vice president of global information services for Smith & Nephew, PLC, a medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical multinational corporation. [Read More]

CINCINNATI: Baron named operations VP at UH
Nancy (Kremer) Barone has been named vice president/executive operations director at University Hospital, effective Nov 2. Barone will have executive oversight of University Hospital's operations, its Service Excellence and Patient Progression strategic projects, and key centers of excellence and service lines. Most recently, Barone was president/CEO of St. Luke Hospitals in Northern Kentucky. [Read More]

NEW YORK: Former Wachovia CEO named to HSS board
Hospital for Special Surgery announced that Robert K. Steel, former president/CEO of Wachovia Corp., has been named a member of the hospital's Board of Trustees. Steel facilitated Wachovia's merger with Wells Fargo to create the second-largest retail brokerage in the country. Prior to running Wachovia, Steel served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, a Senate-confirmed position. [Read More]

CHARLOTTE, NC: Parker named CFO at MedCath Corp.
MedCath Corp. has named Art Parker executive vice president and CFO, effectively immediately. He has served as interim CFO since June. [Read More]

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