AHA/HRET Creates Fund to Help Hospital Employees Impacted by Storm
ACHE's thoughts are with those who have been affected by the hurricanes. The devastation in Puerto Rico left in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is unimaginable. The American Hospital Association and the Health Research & Educational Trust have established the Care Fund for Puerto Rico Hospital Employees. All administrative services are being provided in kind so that 100 percent of donations will be used to assist hospital employees identified by members of the Puerto Rico Hospital Association. Please consider making a donation to the Care Fund for Puerto Rico Hospital Employees, and to other hurricane relief funds, by clicking here.
Students and Host Sites: Register for the 2018 IFD Summer Enrichment Program
ACHE and the American Hospital Association's Institute for Diversity in Health Management are pleased to announce that registration is now open for IFD's 2018 Summer Enrichment Program at diversityconnection.org/SEP.
The Summer Enrichment Program is designed to grow and strengthen the pipeline of healthcare leaders from underrepresented groups. The SEP places diverse graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in healthcare administration or a related field in 10-week, paid internships at healthcare organizations across the country. Starting in February, IFD staff will work with organizations to match SEP students with host sites. The internships typically run June through August. Healthcare organizations that register to become a host site gain access to the healthcare leaders of tomorrow—former SEP interns are now CEOs and administrators of hospitals and healthcare organizations nationwide.
As a healthcare field, we can accelerate our efforts to diversify our workforce, leadership teams and governing boards—contributing to improved patient care for all. Help strengthen inclusion in healthcare organizations—learn more and register today.
Call for Proposals: Management Innovations Poster Session
ACHE is inviting authors to submit narratives of their posters for consideration for the 34th annual Management Innovations Poster Sessionto be held at ACHE's 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership. We are interested in innovations addressing issues affecting your organization that might be helpful to others, including improving quality or efficiency; improving patient or physician satisfaction; implementation of electronic medical records; using new technology; and similar topics.
All accepted applicants are expected to be available to discuss their posters on Monday, March 26, 2018, between 7–8 a.m., and posters will remain on display at Congress from March 26–28, 2018.
Please visit ache.org/CongressPosterSessionfor the full selection criteria and submission instructions. Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 16, 2018.
Join NAHSE in October for a Conference on Creating Healthier Communities Throughout America
The National Association of Health Services Executives will host its 32nd Annual Educational Conference, "Creating a Healthy America Together: Serving our Communities," Oct. 17–20, 2017, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio. The conference will include a host of events such as an early/mid-careerist professional development forum; an entrepreneurship forum; senior executives forums; a women's forum; physician leader development sessions; health and wellness activities; a golf tournament; and more. Attendees will walk away with innovative ideas to create healthier communities throughout America. NAHSE also will elect its leadership for the next two years. Read the conference brochure hereand register today.
Call for Proposals: Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research
ACHE invites authors to submit proposals to present their research at the 11th annual Forum on Advances in Healthcare Management Research. This session will take place during ACHE's 2019 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 4–7, 2019.
The lead presenter of the selected proposal (or designate) will receive a complimentary registration to Congress.
Submit your up-to-400-word abstract by July 2, 2018. For more information on the selection criteria and submission instructions, please visit ache.org/Congress/ForumRFP.cfm.
Apply Now for the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2018–2019 Baldrige Executive Fellows Program. The one-year, nationally ranked leadership development program provides rising senior executives with a broader perspective on how to achieve performance excellence in their organizations, stimulate innovation, and build the knowledge and capabilities necessary for organizational sustainability. Baldrige Fellows learn from each other and from winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award through personal visits to these organizations and their senior executives.
For more information or to apply, visit the National Institute of Standards and Technologysite, email email@example.com call (301) 975-2361.
CHIP to Expire After Congress Misses Deadline to Reauthorize
The Children's Health Insurance Program is set to expire at the end of the month after the House of Representatives and the Senate failed to take up the vote this week to reauthorize the program, The Hill reports. CHIP helps states provide inexpensive health insurance to children in lower-income families. Research from the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission suggest three states and the District of Columbia will run out of CHIP funding by December. A different study by Kaiser Family Foundation estimates 10 states will run out of funds by the end of 2017. The House Energy and Commerce Committee may attempt to reauthorize CHIP by combining CHIP funding with money for community health centers.
"Congress Misses Deadline to Reauthorize Childrens' Health Care Program"
The Hill, Oct. 1, 2017
Hurricane in Puerto Rico Could Cause Drug Shortages
Puerto Rico is a major hub for pharmaceutical manufacturing, so the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria could lead to drug shortages, The Washington Post reports. To prevent a drug shortage crisis, officials from the Food and Drug Administration and other federal organizations have been working with drug manufacturers to assess damage to local drugmaking plants, track disruptions in manufacturing and distribution for 40 high-priority drugs, and temporarily shift production of some pharmaceuticals to the mainland. Officials are working to balance the need for drug manufacturing with the needs of those affected by the storm. "We don't want to prioritize a manufacturing facility over a critical need for the local population unless it's absolutely urgent for public health," said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD.
"FDA, industry step up efforts to avert drug shortages after Puerto Rico hurricane"
The Washington Post, Sept. 29, 2017
Cybercrime Costs Healthcare Organizations an Average of Nearly $12.5M
Successful cybersecurity breaches per company each year has risen more than 27 percent, from an average of 102 to 130, according to a new Accenture report. The average annualized cost of cybercrime varies by industry segment. On average, breaches and cyberattacks cost healthcare companies $12.47 million each year. The Accenture report places healthcare at No. 5 on its list of industries with the highest cost of cybercrime. Among all the organizations Accenture studied, information loss represents the largest cost component, representing 43 percent in 2017. "It is this threat landscape that demands organizations reexamine their investment priorities to keep pace with these more sophisticated and highly motivated attacks," the authors wrote.
“Cost of Cyber Crime Study 2017: Insights on the Security Investments That Make a Difference"
Accenture, Sept. 26, 2017
Study: Millennials Become Nurses at Twice the Rate of Baby Boomers
For years, workforce analysts and employers have worried that not enough people would become registered nurses to replace the retiring baby boomer nurses, creating a national shortage of nurses. New research from Montana State University, however, suggests the crisis may be mostly averted. The study revealed the average millennial has been nearly twice as likely to become an RN as an average baby boomer. Study author Peter Buerhaus, PhD, RN, FAAN, says, "... the millennial generation is well on its way to replacing the baby boomers and supplying an additional one million RNs between now and 2030."
"MSU Economist, Colleagues: Millennials Almost Twice as Likely to Be RNs as Baby Boomers Were"
Montana State University, Oct. 2, 2017
Care Quality Improvement Efforts Drive Data Governance Initiatives
Many hospitals are struggling to implement data governance processes or are facing hurdles that impede the initiatives' effectiveness, according to a study by business intelligence solutions developer Dimensional Insight. In fact, 56 percent of the CIOs and chief medical information officers surveyed said they had incomplete or non-existent enterprise-wide governance processes in place, or they were unaware of what their organizations have implemented. For those who plan to or have already adopted a data governance plan, the most significant drivers of adoption include improving care quality (60 percent), regulatory compliance (45 percent) and patient safety (41 percent).
"Dimensional Insight Dives into the Data Governance Challenges Plaguing U.S. Hospitals"
Dimensional Insight, Sept. 27, 2017