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Where Have All the CEOs Gone?
Philip Betbeze, Senior Editor-Leadership

The way things are going, hospital CEOs are turning over at a rate only seen in retail or, dare I say it, the fast food industry. That's not quite true, but it's really not that far off the mark. So what gives?
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  March 19, 2010

Editor's Picks
Benchmarking for Beleaguered Budgets
When there's no more low-hanging fruit to capture with cost cutting, CFOs must look to their largest line item—generally staff—for ways to save. It's a notion that most employees fear because that can translate into layoffs. However, taking an ax to this line item can leave the hospital understaffed and morale badly damaged, threatening other key hospital initiatives like patient satisfaction and quality. Nevertheless, when the budget is stretched and you need to cut more, financial leaders' instincts to look for savings in labor are dead-on—but there are better approaches than layoffs that may yield even greater returns for the hospital. [Read More]
Retire And Go Fishing? Not For This Rural Florida Keys Doctor
In 1979, surgeon Steven J. Smith set up practice in the Upper Keys of Florida because he wanted to be near a place where he could go fishing and boating. He'd stay there a year or two, he thought, and then move on. But he fell in love with the area and its people. And now, at age 61, he isn't even thinking of retiring or cutting back. [Read More]
Health Plan Helps Hospitals Achieve Better Grades
Hospitals sometimes face issues that CEOs wouldn't like to brag about. When hospitals face these issues, they don't often look to a health plan for help, but that's the case in California. An evolving pilot program in the Golden State involves a health plan, Blue Shield of California; and a hospital system—Adventist Health—as well as the California Health Care Coalition. Under the three-year pilot program, the hospital, providers, and payers are looking to improve healthcare quality and trim costs, and all the while, working together. That's the goal, at least. [Read More]
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