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Governing Boards Must Align Skills with Need

Philip Betbeze

The list of evolving responsibilities facing hospital and health system boards illustrates the need to bring in more expertise in underrepresented areas such as technology and informatics. That may mean casting a wider net for prospective members, and at some nonprofits, even paying a small stipend. >>>


Editor's Picks

CIOs and CMIOs Speak Their Minds about the Supreme Court Decision

Healthcare CIOs and CMIOs weigh in on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its implications for healthcare IT, organizational strategy, and federal funding. >>>

Medicaid Expansion Now in States' Hands

Hospital groups are weighing their options in states that are unwilling to expand their Medicaid programs under a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders are also keeping a close eye on efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage states to increase Medicaid coverage. >>>

Q&A: A Payer CEO on the New Healthcare Market

Brad Wilson, president and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, spoke with HealthLeaders Media a few hours after the U.S. Supreme Court decision about the new healthcare insurance market, the stock market's response, and his company's plans. >>>

Hospital Leaders Ponder Impact of Political Uncertainty

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, there remains uncertainty around healthcare reform. Yet leaders are forging ahead with the things they can count on: changing reimbursements and a need to lower costs. >>>

Medicaid Ruling Creates Major Budgeting Problem

The Supreme Court's decision to strike down expanded Medicaid coverage puts healthcare CFOs in a budget planning pickle. Medicaid is now "a big question mark." Financial leaders don't know how many uninsured people will join plans or how charity care and bad debt will be influenced. >>>

Slideshow: Coordination a Hurdle to Building ACOs

Despite healthcare IT and collaborative relationships emerging in the healthcare industry as core strategies for reducing costs and improving quality of care, according to the latest HealthLeaders Intelligence Report, organizations are hesitant to move forward. >>>

NEW: Breakthroughs Report

Strategic Solutions for the Readmissions Challenge

Successfully preventing readmissions requires many players to fill the gaps in the care continuum. In this HealthLeaders Media Breakthroughs report, we examine how four leading health systems—Griffin Hospital, Parkview Health, Sarasota Memorial HealthCare System, and UPMC Hamot—are moving the needle. >>>

News Headlines

Feds rank TX worst healthcare provider

Houston Chronicle, July 6, 2012

Poll shows Americans want battles over healthcare law to stop

Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2012

Why hospitals love the Medicaid expansion

The Washington Post, July 5, 2012

Four Exeter patients file suit against hospital

New Hampshire Union Leader, July 5, 2012

Closing CA hospital a cold business calculation?

San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2012

Federal Proposals Would Limit Aggressive Hospital Collections Practices

HealthLeaders Media, July 3, 2012

Dignity Health buying U.S. HealthWorks

Sacramento Bee, July 3, 2012

NH center gauges exec pay at nonprofit hospitals

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, July 3, 2012

Healthcare Stakeholders May Balk at Full Repeal

HealthLeaders Media, July 2, 2012

Healthcare leaders: Ruling no cure for spiraling costs

Seattle Times, July 2, 2012

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Webcast: 4 Strategies to Transform Patient Experience

Date: July 26, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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