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, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Careers

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There are many compelling reasons for pursuing a graduate degree: advancing or changing your career, taking steps towards earning a promotion or salary increase, or simply the 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 advance your executive healthcare career 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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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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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 healthcare 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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Health Systems' Nursing Shortage Strategies

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 22, 2016 7:30:00 AM / by Anna Montgomery, MPA posted in Innovative Leadership, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Careers

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Nurses contribute so much to hospital and health systems from improving surgery patient outcomes to creating research that informs life-saving, evidence based practices. As such, health administrators recognize the centrality of nurses to the success of health systems. Innovative recruiting, retention, and professional development opportunities are pillars in the strategy to secure excellent nursing departments. To accomplish these strategic objectives, leaders seek out information about nurses’ needs and upcoming trends in employment.

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Hospital Productivity Shows Gains Based on Key Outcome Measures

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 4, 2015 7:30:00 AM / by Stephanie Hedt posted in Health Policy, Hospital Administration

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In a new Health Affairs article released in February, Schaeffer Center researchers provide evidence that hospital productivity increased from 2002 to 2011, suggesting that the US health care system could be performing better than many believe.  John Romley, Research Assistant Professor at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and lead author on the study observes, “The Affordable Care Act asks hospitals and other health care providers to achieve the level of productivity gains seen in the rest of the economy.  In recent years, U.S. hospitals have actually managed to make that kind of improvement in treating a number of important conditions.”

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