Executive Health Administration

Frank Farrar

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Healthcare Masters Programs: MHA vs. MPH vs. MBA vs. Executive MHA

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2017 10:03:00 AM / by Frank Farrar posted in Innovative Leadership, Health Care Careers, Hospital Administration

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There are many compelling reasons for pursuing a graduate degree: advancing or changing a career path, taking steps towards earning a promotion or salary increase, or maybe just a simple desire for intellectual stimulation and learning, for example.

Because there are several types of Master's programs' in healthcare, each with a unique structure and curriculum, selecting the right program to achieve your professional goals is important.

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10 Benefits of Online MHA Degrees

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2017 10:13:00 AM / by Frank Farrar posted in Blended Learning, Online Learning, Information Technology

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Before you make the personal investment to continue your education and apply to a graduate MHA degree program, one of the decisions you must weigh is whether a traditional master’s program or if an online MHA degree is right for you.

There are many factors to consider – some obvious, some perhaps less so. Here, we’ll take a look at 10 advantages an online MHA degree offers.

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Healthcare Leadership Strategies for Improving Patient Safety and Outcomes

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 28, 2017 7:51:00 AM / by Frank Farrar posted in Innovative Leadership, Hospital Administration

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Looking at the past, present and future of patient safety in healthcare leadership, the 19th annual National Patient Safety Foundation’s Patient Safety Congress, held recently in Orlando, Fla., highlighted both the remarkable achievements of the past two decades and the work that must continue.

Keynote speaker Donald M. Berwick, MD, former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and president emeritus and senior fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, warned about getting too complacent given the change that can be celebrated. As reported in the Hospitals & Health Networks publication of the American Hospital Association, Berwick said, “The concept of safety as a box-checking enterprise, where we start and finish, is lethal to patients of the future.”

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Intermountain Healthcare: A Volume to Value Success Story

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2017 8:10:00 AM / by Frank Farrar posted in Innovative Leadership, Physician Leadership

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While healthcare reform remains a topic of debate for the foreseeable future, the industry transformation from fee-for-service to alternative payment methods (APMs) continues to gain ground. Stories of organizations successfully evolving from a volume-based to a value-based model, though, are still rare enough to stand out as notable achievements.

As reported by the National Academy of Medicine, most Americans will probably be affected in the near or not-too-distant future by the emergence of accountable care organizations (ACOs) or other providers reflecting the expansion of care covered by APMs. But despite the promise and enthusiasm surrounding the changeover, “most participants in Medicare’s major APMs have not yet realized large savings…. Early APM results suggest that improving quality does not generally lead to better financial performance.”

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