Executive Health Administration

Fundamentals of Hospital Board Governance

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2017 10:18:00 AM / by USC posted in Innovative Leadership, Hospital Administration, governance

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Think about the board of your organization. How many people are on it? How are the communities structured? Is the president or organizational leader a member of the board? How often does the board meet? Is there an executive committee?

All boards are different. When you have seen one board you have seen one board. Although every board is unique, they share common legal and regulatory characteristics.

In this article, we outline the common elements of healthcare boards and the information you need as a healthcare professional to deal effectively with boards.

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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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Hospital Physician Alignment

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 10, 2017 10:08:00 AM / by EMHA Blog posted in Innovative Leadership, Hospital Administration, Physician Leadership

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It's 2017 and accountable healthcare delivery is on every healthcare executive's mind. In order for healthcare organizations to excel, it is imperative that physicians and executives maintain a supportive and productive working relationship. One without the other simply will not suffice.

In this article we discuss the historical context for the cultural differences between physicians and hospitals and how clinicians think and see their professional role. You will be able to describe characteristics of physician champions for quality care and organizational health and discuss hospital-physician interdependence in achieving quality care.

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7 Tips for Productive Working Relationships in Healthcare

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by David Brown posted in Innovative Leadership, Physician Leadership

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I am fortunate to have mostly very positive relationships at work.  As I reflect on what some of the most successful tactics I have used to cultivate positive productive relationships in the workplace, I recognize some things that I typically do that may account for this positivity.  

I don't know that I would consider these tactics per se, but probably more reflective of my personality make up.

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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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Trauma Informed Leadership: An Approach for Healthcare

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2017 7:53:00 AM / by Dave Tweedy posted in Innovative Leadership

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In the field of addiction treatment and psychotherapy there has been a recent emphasis on Trauma Informed Treatment.

The Trauma Informed (TI) approach refers to an awareness and tolerance of the psychological traumas that underlie substance abuse and mental health issues. It shifts the focus from a diagnostic label to a Trauma Informed sensitivity. This approach supports an understanding that addictions or emotional issues may be a response to an emotional trauma.

Understanding the Trauma Informed approach and applying it to health care leadership could improve interpersonal relationships, lead to better outcomes, and offer a positive perspective when facing difficult decisions.

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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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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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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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7 Lessons of Servant Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership

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“The servant-leader is servant first… It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” Robert Greenleaf.

Refined by Greenleaf in the 1970’s servant leadership came to be a widely respected and utilized style that is defined by a leader’s:

  1. Care for others
  2. Ability to set an example
  3. Commitment to uphold ethics
  4. Drive to support others to success
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