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Turnover among hospital CEOs was 18 percent in 2016, the same as in the prior two years, but remains among “the highest rates calculated in the last two decades,” according to the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

The Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) has largely remained silent on ongoing Republican-led efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the recently passed American Health Care Act (AHCA). The group has now weighed in on the legislative battle, offering its “core principles” to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Healthcare executives believe the shift to value-based care and risk-sharing models will be transforming the industry within the next few years, according to a survey published by Lazard.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Scott Gottlieb, MD, as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), bringing the former deputy commissioner back to lead the agency. 

The 2017 meeting of the American Hospital Association (AHA) led off with an unsurprising topic: the legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  

 

Recent Headlines

Bobby Grajewski: Healthcare leaders, help your people become innovators

Breakthrough ideas exist in the minds of the people working in the trenches of healthcare every day, and healthcare system leaders need to foster an environment conducive to enabling these individuals to recognize and capture these innovations, notes Bobby Grajewski, president of Edison Nation Medical in an exclusive interview with HealthCXO.

Dick Taylor, M.D.: ICD-10 will not do what you think it will

Dick Taylor, M.D., is a software engineer, pediatrician and chief medical officer for the Frisco, Texas, healthcare information technology consulting firm MedSys Group. He is also an outspoken critic of ICD-10. Dr. Taylor shared his perspective on why ICD-10 implementation will likely not improve healthcare data as hoped and why the one-year implementation delay is good news.

Chris Crawford: Why ISO offers a better approach to quality management for Lee Memorial Health System

U.S. hospitals adopting the ISO: 9001-2008 quality management system as a component in overall care improvement is a growing trend. Chris Crawford, vice president of Quality for Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida, answered our questions about why her hospital recently stopped seeking Joint Commission accreditation and instead became the first hospital in Southwest Florida and one of only 60 hospitals nationwide to achieve ISO: 9001-2008 certification through DNV GL.

Dr. Morris-Singer: Addressing the primary-care shortage through grassroots advocacy

Solving the primary care physician shortage will require more than simply payment changes and increased funding for physician education. Andrew Morris-Singer, M.D., president and founder of Primary Care Progress is an Intermal Medicine physician who is turning his 15 years of grassroots advocacy experience into a movement to help improve primary care access in the United States.

Solo practitioner wins CDC’s hypertension control prize

Jen Brull, M.D., a Family Medicine physician in Plainville, Kan., was the only solo practitioner named a Hypertension Control Challenge Champion by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Million Hearts initiative.

4 Questions Health System Leaders Should Ask as Inpatient Volumes Decline

A study of inpatient and outpatient data from 71 hospitals in seven counties covering the greater Chicago area finds that hospital systems will need to reinvent their business models if they hope to survive in a post fee-for-service world.

Hospital CEO Turnover Rate Highest in 32 Years

The merger and acquisition trend is showing up in the annual CEO turnover rates recorded by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Trinity Health’s Sepsis Initiative Reduces Mortality Rates and Trims $16.6 Million in Costs

Septicemia continues to pose a challenge to hospitals: A statistical brief1 released recently by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicates not only that 47.1% of aggregate hospital costs incurred in 2011 were related to the 20 most expensive conditions to treat, but that the top five such conditions, septicemia among them, accounted for nearly a fifth (18.5%) of the total aggregate costs of all hospitalizations. Perhaps it’s even more significant that the brief identifies septicemia as the most expensive condition treated in hospitals in fiscal 2011, with an aggregate cost of $20.3 billion (or 5.2% of the total aggregate cost for all hospitalizations) required to cover its remediation.

BCBSA’s Robert Kolodgy: Transforming the Payor–Provider Relationship

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s 37 member companies cover one in three Americans, giving senior VP and CFO Robert Kolodgy an excellent vantage point from which to view the economics of health care reform. In “Transforming the Payor Provider Relationship to Improve Value” at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s annual national institute meeting in Orlando, Florida, Kolodgy put reform into financial context, enumerating the costs associated with the benefits of the nation’s health care law and describing some of the innovative partnerships BCBS has entered into with providers as part of a four-part plan to address health care’s well-known problems.

Lessons from the Airline Industry

Great leaders (like great health IT solutions) are able to access relevant information across the breadth of industries (and platforms), discern pattern in chaos, and transmit the resonant truths to those they lead. Warner L. Thomas, who took the reins at Ochsner Health System as president and CEO in 2012, likes to talk about the parallels between health care and the airline industry with his management team.

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