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Hospital Leadership 'Success,' Redefined

Philip Betbeze

Healthcare consolidation is changing and eliminating the role of the hospital CEO. But there are still opportunities for strong leaders—they're just not always going to come with the title of CEO attached to them. >>>


Editor's Picks

Premier $100M IPO a 'Pittance'

In announcing its plan for a $100 million initial public offering, the healthcare alliance and group purchasing organization may be actually setting its sights on a larger payday, says one healthcare economist. >>>

Lawmakers Seek 'PAC' Reform

Two Congressional committees are exploring the notion of post-acute care reform which may require further development of quality measures and refinement of assessment tools. >>>

Aetna Targets Readmissions With Pharmacy Pilot

Aetna members considered to be at high or moderate risk for hospital readmission within 30 days of discharge will receive support from a pharmacist in the form of in-home medication reviews or telephone consultations. >>>

MU Audit Victim Lives to Tell

A provider who went through a Meaningful Use audit explains how she got through it, relying on training received at a user group conference and the help of her state's Regional Extension Center. >>>

Employers Behaving Badly

In this week's news roundup: Two large employers announce a drastic change to their employee benefits plans, a rural hospital CEO is sentenced in a stalking case, and the results of a compensation survey fail to wow anyone. >>>

Florida Hospital, Health First to Create Health Plan

In a joint venture, Florida Hospital Healthcare System and Health First Health Plans will partner to form a commercial health plan in Central Florida. The coverage area will include Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona Beach. >>>

ROI of Technology Systems Is More Than Financial

"It's hard or nearly impossible to justify the investment needed for a state-of-the-art EHR with hard-dollar savings," says the CFO of an academic health system. "You have to look beyond that to the intangible benefits, the improvements in delivery of care and positioning your organization to be competitive in the future." >>>

Hottest Job in Healthcare Still Primary Care Physician

Part of the reason for the current shortage of family physicians harkens back to the perception in some medical circles just a few years ago that primary care was a specialty best to be avoided unless you wanted to work long hours for less pay. >>>

Tweet Smears Hospital's Discharge Incentive Campaign

A tweet decrying a Baltimore hospital's effort to speed patient discharges implied that patient safety was being put at risk. How much damage was done to the hospital's reputation remains to be seen. >>>

Executive Insight Report

Executive Insight Report: Top Skills for Top Executives

This latest report by HealthLeaders Media and Bank of America Merrill Lynch explores the results of the latest Buzz Survey on executive skills and resources, revealing the traits necessary for healthcare leaders to engineer the merger between strategic and financial priorities. Free Download >>>

News Headlines

Don Berwick's newest phase: Candidate, but still Dr. Quality

Kaiser Health News / WBUR, August 30, 2013

Obamacare's cost-control programs may be contagious

The Washington Post, August 30, 2013

St. Louis ConnectCare cuts more than half of its staff

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 30, 2013

Despite distaste for health law, Americans oppose defunding

NPR, August 29, 2013

Private equity's hospitals: A business model for the Obamacare era?

Bloomberg Businessweek, August 29, 2013

Cape Cod Hospital, a magnet for summer emergency visits, also draws big donors

The Boston Globe, August 29, 2013

Mobile Doctors CEO, physician charged with Medicare fraud

The Chicago Tribune, August 28, 2013

MA ACOs produced 'spillover' savings

Reuters, August 28, 2013

UC Davis doctors who infected brain cancer patients with bowel bacteria resign

CBS Sacramento / Associated Press, August 27, 2013

University Hospital CEO to earn $416K as head of newly independent state hospital

The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2013

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