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Question: Does Hospital Employment Guarantee Physicians Stability?

October 29, 2013
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Although this opinion piece from Mark F. Weiss, JD, over at Anesthesiology News is directed at physicians, we’d like to get your input as executives on the ideas being put forth. Basically, Weiss is challenging the notion that hospital employment of physicians is better than staying in private practice. He reminds physicians that the current […]

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3 Ways to Negotiate with Your Patients and Medical Staff

October 28, 2013
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An article by Deepak Malhotra and Manu Malhotra over at Harvard Business Review has an incredibly helpful breakdown of ways in which negotiations with patients and healthcare professionals can be carried out more effectively within the hospital setting. These skills, they argue, aren’t adequately taught in medical school or business school and can influence how […]

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4 Factors that are Causing Physician Dissatisfaction

October 9, 2013
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It’s no small secret that the HIE rollout last week was clunky, incompetent, and error-ridden. Many executives are probably wondering what else awaits them as healthcare reform moves forward. It’s obvious the next few years will be difficult for the country’s health industry, as hospitals adjust to new employment and reimbursement models and as patients […]

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Does Your Executive Team Have These Four Types of Leaders?

October 2, 2013
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In talking with numerous healthcare executives, one essential element they commonly stress to us is the need for solid leadership in order for their organization to be successful. It is with this in mind that Stosh Walsh and Paula Walker at Gallup Business Journal outline the four types of leaders necessary for any organization, including […]

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Healthcare Leaders Shouldn’t Fear the Empowerment of Others in Making Executive Decisions

September 30, 2013
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“Get out of the C-suite” is a common observation we’ve been hearing recently from healthcare executives in relation to incorporating more effective leadership strategies. This is certainly a refrain that comes to mind upon reading Philip Betbeze’s opinion article at HealthLeaders Media on the need for healthcare leaders to “sometimes…get out of the way.” Instead […]

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Response: HHS Skewing Report to Paint Rosy Picture about HIEs

September 26, 2013
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Yesterday, we wrote about the report from HHS that highlighted the benefits of the new health insurance exchanges and how consumers will be facing lower premiums under healthcare reform. It was a rather optimistic picture in a debate that has been fraught with many dire predictions of economic and Constitutional disaster because of the Affordable […]

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Hospitals are Embracing Shared Medical Appointments as a Way to Manage Patient Volumes

September 19, 2013
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With physicians more overwhelmed than ever before, hospitals are searching for ways to manage the patient flow. One innovation, of sorts, gaining in popularity, Anna Gorman reports in the Los Angeles Times, is the shared medical appointment, where groups of patients with similar needs are seen at once. This is, quite obviously, a departure from […]

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Survey: Most Doctors Would Choose Another Career If They Could

September 16, 2013
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As healthcare executives, one of your greatest challenges is quite possibly having good communication with your doctors. Unfortunately, there can be a gulf between the C-suite and the medical suite. Take a second, then, and think about some of the physicians who are working the floors as you read this. Maybe one or two of […]

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Question: How Can Hospitals Maintain Efficiency While Looking Out for the Needs of Their Patients?

September 5, 2013
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Consider the following true story: Mr. Jones has been regularly receiving treatments for his cancer, all of which have been successful so far. During a routine follow-up visit, the attending physician, Dr. Smith, follows normal procedure and allows a fourth-year medical student, Joe, to examine Mr. Jones. However, Dr. Smith becomes concerned when the visit […]

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Question: Could Government-Mandated Price Controls be More Effective than Obamacare?

August 30, 2013
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Eduardo Porter of The New York Times writes about a hospital that is located in a poor, isolated region at the base of the Appalachians. We here at HCE have talked to many hospitals in this type of environment, and the struggles they face to deliver care are endless and monumental. However, this particular hospital […]

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