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Ready or Not, Healthcare HR is Going Strategic
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

In many hospitals and health systems, HR remains an afterthought in the C-suite. But a wave of changes such as growing shortages of skilled professionals, and the linking of patient satisfaction scores to reimbursements will prompt a reassessment of HR in strategic planning. [Read More]

  May 23, 2011

Editor's Picks
Healthcare Costs Continue to Climb, but Rate Slows
The rate of growth in healthcare costs is slowing, reports show. However, that rate of growth is still at least double the rate of inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index. This is simply unsustainable. At what point will every dollar that Americans earn go to healthcare? PwC projects that employers will see healthcare costs increase by 8.5% in 2012. However, analysts believe that by foisting more costs onto employees through things like higher deductibles, employers will realize only about a 7% increase. [Read More]
Up to 1 in 4 Patients Skip Oral Cancer Drugs on Costs
Speaking of the high cost of healthcare, a report shows that high co-payment costs prompt between 6% and 25% of oncology patients to walk away from the pharmacy counter without filling their prescriptions for eight oral cancer drugs. According to the report, 6% of oncology patients whose prescription co-payment was $100 or less decided to void the purchase after learning the cost. About 25% didn't purchase the prescription medication when they learned co-payments or cost-sharing would require them to pay more than $500. [Read More]
Impact Analysis: Leaders Respond to CMS' Proposed ACO Regulations
The proposed regulations are indeed out, but what do they really mean to your organization and the industry? Get reactions from leaders at hospitals, health plans, and physician practices that are already well-versed in ACOs, including Monarch Healthcare, Alegent Health, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan /Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Geisinger Health System, Dean Health System, and Scripps Health. [Read More]
Rounds: Coordinating Systems of Care
Whether your hospital system is pursuing an accountable care organization or a broader program of clinical integration, the real work of creating high-value, cost-effective healthcare is in transforming the systems of care. But the solutions may not be as big and unmanageable as you think. Join us live or via live webcast from Gundersen Lutheran Health System with Gundersen's clinical and executive leadership team and invited guest Fairview Health Services, two of the nation's health system pioneers in high-quality, lower-cost healthcare. [Read More]
Webcast: Effective ACO & Clinical Integration Strategies: Beyond MSSP
Go beyond the ACO regs furor to uncover commercial and Medicare alternatives for your ACO strategy. Join HealthLeaders Media for this 90-minute Webcast, including Q&A, for a deep dive with leading experts savvy on the legal and business operation of ACOs in commercial markets and CMS programs other than Medicare Shared Savings. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
PEORIA, IL: Schoeplein named CEO of OSF HealthCare
Kevin Schoeplein has been named CEO for OSF Healthcare System, taking over for James M. Moore who retired after 34 years with the organization. Schoeplein has had a long and successful career with The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis beginning in 1978 as an Assistant Administrator at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. [Read More]

DALLAS: Christus Health names CFO
Randy Safady, CPA, will join Christus Health as the healthcare system's executive vice president/CFO no later than June 15. Safady, 55, joins Christus with over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and healthcare operations. He has served as executive vice president/CFO of Centura Health, Colorado's largest health system, since 2007. The system is a joint venture between Catholic Health Initiatives and Adventist Health System, operating 13 hospitals, seven senior living communities and home care and hospice services. He previously served as senior vice president/CFO of Adventist Midwest Health, a region of the Adventist Health system. [Read More]

JOHNS CREEK, GA: McCoy named CEO at Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Craig McCoy has been named Emory Johns Creek Hospital's CEO. He began his new role on May 16. McCoy came to Emory Johns Creek Hospital from Vanguard Health Systems, where he most recently served as CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. He also worked with Vanguard Health Systems in a variety of other capacities, and served as vice president of professional services at Oconee Medical Center in South Carolina.[Read More]

INDIANAPOLIS: Riley Hospital CEO resigns
The president/CEO of Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has resigned. Dan Fink, who joined the hospital nearly six years ago as COO, did not provide a reason for his resignation. Fink served as CEO the past two years and oversaw the opening of the $475 million Riley Simon Family Tower, the hospital's single largest expansion.[Read More]

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX: Christus Spohn promotes two executives
Christus Spohn Health System has promoted two executives to run its operations. Estela Chapa, 55, is the new COO for the health system, and Paul Gaden, 39, is the new COO at Christus Spohn Hospitals Memorial and South. Chapa's position previously was held by recently named system President and CEO Pamela Robertson, who replaced Bruce Holstien, who announced his departure Dec. 2, citing personal reasons. Chapa previously oversaw operations at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial. The health system includes six hospitals and employs 5,000 people. [Read More]

TRENTON, NJ: Medical Society of NJ announces CEO, president
Larry Downs, the attorney for the Medical Society of New Jersey, is the physician advocacy and trade group's CEO. The society also elected its 219th president Sunday—vascular surgeon Niranjan "Bonki" Rao, of New Brunswick. Downs replaces Michael T. Kornett, who held the CEO position since 2004, and who steps down June 30. Rao, 58, is chief of Vascular Surgery and vice president of the Medical Staff at Saint Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick. [Read More]

SHEFFIELD, AL: Arnold offered CEO job at Helen Keller Hospital
Helen Keller Hospital's nine-member board has offered its CEO job to a veteran healthcare professional. The board voted unanimously to approve the two-year contract for Doug Arnold, 59, originally from Atmore. His two-year contract includes a $250,000 annual salary as well as additional monetary benefits if goals are achieved during his tenure. Arnold would replace outgoing CEO Bill Anderson, who announced his resignation in January. He held the position since 1999. If he accepts the contract, Arnold would be on campus July 5.[Read More]

BANGOR, ME: Coffey named CEO of Acadia Hospital
Daniel B. Coffey has been appointed president/CEO of The Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Eastern Maine Health Systems announced. Coffey replaces embattled former CEO David Proffitt, who resigned at the beginning of April. Coffey's appointment is effective immediately. [Read More]

ROSEVILLE, CA: Hansen named interim CEO at Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital
Terrence A. Hansen, 64, has been appointed interim president and CEO of Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital. Hansen will assume his post on June 1. Prior to his retirement in November 2004, Hansen was the president/CEO of Paradise Valley Hospital in National City, CA. He also has served as executive vice president/COO for Loma Linda University Medical Center, a 797-bed tertiary care academic medical facility in Loma Linda, CA.[Read More]

BIRMINGHAM, AL: Baptist Health System names Senior VP/CFO
Greg Johnston, CPA, has been named senior vice president/CFO of Baptist Health System of Alabama. Johnston, a 20?year BHS employee, succeeds Pringle Ramsey who has served the System since July 2007. Ramsey will retire at the end of June and Johnston will assume his role July 1. Johnston, who has served as the system's vice president of finance since 2004, joined BHS in 1991 and has served the system in a number of leadership positions. [Read More]

WHEATLAND, WY: Platte County Memorial CEO resigns, interim named
Jim Ferando, president of Banner Health's Western Region, has announced that Eric McVicker, CEO for Platte County Memorial Hospital, resigned this month, citing personal reasons. McVicker was named the hospital's CEO in October 2008. John D'Angelo, associate administrator at North Colorado Medical in Greeley, CO, has been named Interim CEO. D'Angelo was interim CEO at PCMH earlier this year while McVicker was on a leave of absence.[Read More]

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