Executive Health Administration

Value Based Care: 7 Best Practices Healthcare Executives Need to Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 7, 2017 6:45:00 AM / by EMHA Blog posted in Innovative Leadership, Transformation, Medicare, Hospital Administration

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The sea change in health care from a volume-driven business model to a value-based system has executives reassessing just about every aspect of their operations, from staffing to IT and other infrastructure, community relations and even how “success” is measured.

Getting up to speed on best practices among industry leaders, understanding the options available, and being prepared to make strategic adjustments will be critical to effective leadership as change continues to unfold in the coming years.

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Advanced Nursing Careers: Skills, Opportunities, and The Path to Success

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 10:06:00 AM / by EMHA Blog posted in Healthcare Careers

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Nursing is a time-honored and rewarding profession with demand in the field projected to rise 16% through 2024, more than twice the average growth rate of all industries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But as with so many careers, the skills required, the employment landscape and the opportunities for advancement continue to evolve.

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Why Physician Executives Are the Answer to Improving Healthcare Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2017 7:52:00 AM / by EMHA Blog posted in Physician Leadership

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“When an outstanding physician heads a major hospital, it signals that they have ‘walked the walk,’ and thus have earned credibility and insights into the needs of their fellow physicians,” Cleveland Clinic physician James Stoller and professor Agnes Baker, of the University of Zurich, and Amanda Goodall, of London’s Cass Business School, wrote recently in the Harvard Business Review.

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Leadership Skills for Highly Effective Hospital Boards

[fa icon="calendar'] May 8, 2017 11:31:08 AM / by EMHA Blog posted in Innovative Leadership, Health Policy, Health Care Careers

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In many respects, the qualities found in a highly functional hospital governing board or a consummate healthcare board member are no different from those in other non-profit orcorporate environments.

The leadership skills, collaborative mindset, decision-making ability, passionate drive and knack for building relationships that are so fundamental to success are universal.

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USC Policy Experts Address the Future of Healthcare

[fa icon="calendar'] May 2, 2017 5:31:00 PM / by EMHA Blog posted in Health Policy, Health Economics, Population Health

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As the debate over the future of healthcare in the U.S. continues to unfold in legislative corridors, the national media and street corner coffee shops across America, the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy hosted a timely and informative discussion featuring four faculty members of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics: Dana Goldman, Neeraj Sood, Julie Zissimopoulos and Erin Trish.

The panelists said the complex issue, including the potential repeal or reform of the Affordable Care Act, will require difficult conversations involving economic and social concerns, and perhaps a fundamental change in defining health care.

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Viable approaches to a federal replacement plan - California provides model

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 17, 2017 3:07:24 PM / by EMHA Blog posted in Transformation, Health Policy, Health Economics, USC Schaeffer Center, Affordable Care Act, Federal Replacement Plan

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We are pleased to share with you an op-ed that ran this week in the Sacramento Bee, written by our Board of Councilors member Leonard Schaeffer - founding chairman and former CEO of WellPoint, (a.k.a. Anthem) and Dana Goldman - director of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, a joint Center of the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC School of Pharmacy.

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New Year, New Science, New Hope

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Zen Vuong posted in Information Technology, Big Data

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Big data could be the new hope for the future of health.

The curation and analysis of health data may lead to new ways of treating diseases, USC researchers say in public awareness film. If more people were willing to share their health data on mobile devices, scientists could organize the gaggle of information into shared databases and perhaps bring about the next era of medical breakthroughs, researchers said in a social change film. The curation and analysis of  terabytes of health data may enable David B. Agus, a professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, to tell his patients that hope exists.

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Air Pollution Worsens Diseases and Cognitive Function

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 21, 2016 9:15:00 AM / by Emily Gersema posted in Health Policy, Population Health

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Air pollution and neighborhood stress appear to harm the aging brain. A combination of stressors could mean more cognitive impairment for vulnerable older adults, USC researcher says.

A USC study will examine the relationship between social stressors and environmental pollution on cognition in older adults. (Photo/Shutterstock)

Even with key steps taken to decrease air pollution in recent decades, there are serious health effects connected to auto exhaust and other pollutants in the air we breathe, especially for older adults. Air pollution can worsen existing heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and more in older people, according to Jennifer Ailshire, assistant professor at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Her latest research, published online Nov. 14 in the journal Social Science and Medicine, indicates that living in a high-pollution environment can also contribute to an increased risk of cognitive problems.

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Healthcare Intrapreneurs: Driving Organizational Innovation and Performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 13, 2016 1:15:00 PM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovation

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Healthcare leaders face challenges as competition increases, public policy changes, technology advances, and collaboration becomes necessary.

Organizations that can pivot prove to be more flexible and agile in handling these challenges. Intrapreneurs, employees that can think and act like owners within the organization, not only increase innovation but improve the competitive advantage of companies. Increasingly, healthcare leaders are looking for ways to identify and encourage intrapreneurial behavior within their own work context.

Research indicates that there are specific characteristics and patterns of behavior that intrapreneurs exhibit that can aid leaders in their objectives to improve innovation. The benefits of intrapreneurship and ways to nurture it within the company are important tools for creating buy-in and participation at all levels of healthcare organizations.

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Patient Satisfaction: Surveys and Healthcare Quality Assurance

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 17, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Mary Kilgus posted in Quality Assurance

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Press Ganey, a leading consulting firm for hospitals, recently put out a white paper that discusses 10 ways healthcare executives and board members can focus on strategies to improve patient satisfaction.

Press Ganey partners with about 40% of U.S. hospitals to measure and improve patient care. By implementing report cards a healthcare board or executive can spearhead quality performance measures.

This translates to giving patients score cards for their care. Data collected from that may help the management and boards of hospitals compete on value, in addition to taking better care of patients. In conjunction with research on CEOs and other leaders in the organization the report card is intended to improve hospital quality. 

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