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How to Lead a Hospital to Better Outcomes
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

Last week, I told you about the past nine years of Jim Anderson's 13-year tenure as CEO of Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which is coming to an end as the calendar rolls into 2010. During that time, he's made his fair share of mistakes, but perhaps his greatest success was initially seen as a mistake by many in the hospital.
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  October 16, 2009

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What do CEOs think?
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Senate Panel Examines Repealing Insurers' Antitrust Exemption
The tit for tat battle between health insurers and Congressional Democrats has been ratcheted higher as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pushes for repealing the antitrust exemption for medical malpractice companies and health insurance companies, says my colleague Janice Simmons. The battle between Democrats and insurers has intensified since a healthcare reform bill was passed in the Senate Finance committee this week. In fact, the battle seems to have reached a point of no return. What remains to be seen is whether the Democrats are overreaching. [Read More]
Health Insurance Cost Tipping Point Inches Closer
In the September issue of HealthLeaders magazine, my colleague Les Masterson asked industry leaders a simple question: Have we reached a point at which the insured will drop coverage in great numbers because they simply can't afford it or find it's not worth the costs? As you would expect, there was disagreement about whether we have reached that tipping point, but everyone agreed that if we're not there yet, we're close. While we'll have more coverage, don't look for so-called healthcare reform to significantly reduce those costs, either. There's little in the bills under consideration that would do much to reduce costs. Wish I could offer more hope, but I call 'em like I see 'em. [Read More]
From HealthLeaders magazine: State of Emergency
The nation's emergency departments are feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but innovations in patient throughput and other strategies offer hope for a beleaguered system. [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Media '09
Reinventing the Patient Experience
Rick Johnson, for HealthLeaders Media - October 16, 2009
Healthcare in the Experience Economy
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - October 16, 2009
Five Ways to Build the Talent of the Future
Elyas Bakhtiari, for HealthLeaders Media - October 16, 2009

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Care Team Architecture

HealthLeaders October 2009
Creativity and flexibility count, sure. But underlying the successful care team design is a foundation of essential and lasting values. [Read More]
Service Line Management
State of Emergency

The nation's emergency departments are feeling the effects of the economic downturn, but innovations in patient throughput and other strategies offer hope for a beleaguered system. [Read More]
View from the Top

Five Steps the C-suite Should Know About Optimizing the Hospital Supply Chain: As hospitals across the country feel pressure to cut costs and improve operational efficiencies, the role of the hospital supply chain becomes increasingly important. Hospital supply chain issues are no longer just the concern of materials management departments and service line VPs. C-suite executives are also getting heavily involved. When they do, they should first know five critical points when it comes to supply chain management. [Read More]
Audio Feature

Focusing on Staff Morale in a Tough Economy: Meryl Montgomery, MSN, RN, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® director at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, discusses how the economy is affecting bedside caregivers and how managers can improve staff morale. [Listen Now]
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