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What Drives Your Success? Maybe Not What You Think

Philip Betbeze

If you lead a healthcare organization that's constantly touted as one of the highest quality or most innovative health systems in the nation, congratulations. Just make sure you're not fooling yourself about why that's the case. >>>


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Healthcare Cost Growth Steamrolls CPI

Standard & Poor's Healthcare Economic Indices show that per capita cost growth covered by commercial insurance and Medicare programs increased by 5.78% over the 12 months ending June. In the larger economy, inflation rose by 1.7% as measured by the Consumer Price Index. >>>

Parkland Names Ex-Tenet Exec Interim CEO

Robert L. (Bob) Smith, a retired Tenet Healthcare executive, replaces Thomas Royer, MD, as the interim CEO of the Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas. The safety-net hospital is challenged by serious deficiencies that threaten patient safety. >>>

CA Nurses Sound Alarm Over Epic EMR System

Two nurses have approached the governing body of a California hospital with concerns about patient safety. The move stems from an incident in which one nurse claims that the facility's EpicCare EMR system's dosage recommendation for a heart medication "could have killed" a patient. >>>

Striving for Meaningful Use Stage 2

Are meaningful use requirements too specific or too vague? On target or wide of the mark? It depends on who you ask. Some attestations have been fairly easily won, as institutions that have built their EMRs for years fine-tune them to meaningful use requirements. Others are dramatic come-from-behind affairs. >>>

Must CMOs Always Be Licensed Physicians?

While many hospitals prize training in medical management, operational vision, and leadership ability over clinical skills, the American Medical Association and others maintain that a licensed physician should be chief medical officer. >>>

As CEOs Postpone Retirement, Succession Plans Still Matter

For various reasons, many healthcare CEOs age 55 and older say they're in no hurry to retire, a survey shows. But the need for succession planning in the C-suites doesn't go away, and leadership must eventually be replaced. >>>

MA Cost Containment Law Comes with Teeth

Massachusetts was first in the nation to achieve near-universal healthcare coverage. Will the Commonwealth be the first to constrain ballooning costs? Under a new law it will track costs and hold hospitals to performance targets. Non-compliant facilities face fines of up to $500,000. >>>

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News Headlines

Hackers steal, encrypt health records and hold data for ransom

Bloomberg, August 17, 2012

US not-for-profit hospitals' outlook negative

Reuters, August 17, 2012

Boston-area hospital bosses earn up to $3M

The Boston Globe, August 17, 2012

WellPoint viewed worst by hospitals as UnitedHealth improves, survey says

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 16, 2012

Health law benefits some MA hospitals, penalizes others

The Boston Globe, August 16, 2012

CIOs must walk fine line between doctor access and patient privacy

The Wall Street Journal, August 16, 2012

Hoag, St. Joseph form hospital partnership in CA

Los Angeles Times, August 16, 2012

Giant hospital chain creates a windfall for private equity

The New York Times, August 15, 2012

Hospitals treating poor hardest hit by readmissions penalties

Kaiser Health News, August 15, 2012

Maryland: Ready, or not, for Obamacare

Bloomberg BusinessWeek, August 14, 2012

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Date: Sept. 14, 2012, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET

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