Richard Giardina RN, MPH, CIC, FACHE
Latest Edition of Competencies Assessment Tool Now Available
The 2016 ACHE Healthcare Executive Competencies Assessment Tool (PDF) is now available. This self-assessment instrument is designed to help healthcare executives identify their strengths as well as areas to include in a professional development plan. The tool also may be used by supervisors to facilitate dialogue with staff or by organizations to better define the requirements of specific roles and to develop targeted training.
A limited number of hard copies of the assessment tool are available. If you wish to receive a hard copy, please contact Oriana Wise, administrative assistant, Division of Member Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intermountain Healthcare Offers Novel Plan That Cuts Costs
Intermountain Healthcare is guaranteeing to hold yearly rate increases to one-third to one-half less than what many employers across the country usually face with its new health plan, SelectHealth Share. To help keep the rate increases similar to a rise in consumer prices, Intermountain says it will produce savings of $2 billion over the next five years. The health system, which has established itself as a leading health system by tracking and analyzing both the cost and quality of patient care, has already saved money by renegotiating the cost of surgical staplers and ensuring that heart attack patients get into catheterization labs within 90 minutes of emergency department contact, which will help them recover faster. Other health systems and insurers will be watching the rollout of Intermountain's new plan. A few will be offering similar types of plans; others, however, would be more likely to reduce services or shrink their devaluing operations if they were to guarantee a long-term hold on price increases.
Abelson, R. "A Novel Plan for Health Care: Cutting Costs, Not Raising Them’"The New York Times, Feb. 17, 2016
ACHE Awards Chapter Innovation Grants
ACHE has awarded two 2016 grants under ACHE's Chapter Innovation Grant Program. This program fosters chapter innovation by funding the development of new programs and processes that other chapters can emulate. Learn more about ACHE's Chapter Innovation Grants.
Have You Downloaded the 2016 Congress App?
Get the latest information about ACHE's 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership and enhance your on-site experience with the official Congress app for mobile devices. Download your preferred format or access a mobile web version for use with any Web browser.
Wolterman Discusses Tips for Creating a Clinically Integrated Health System
In an interview for ACHE's new digital publication, Elevating Leadership, Daniel J. Wolterman, FACHE, CEO, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, discusses the organization's early success in creating a clinically integrated health system. Read the full issue now.
Save 30 Percent on HAP's March Book of the Month
The healthcare environment is changing rapidly, and so are the skill sets needed for successful organizational leadership in the field. Strategic Analysis for Healthcare: Concepts and Practical Applications arms readers with strategic analysis methods, tools and frameworks. Order your copy today.
Scholarships Are Still Available for ACHE's Executive Programs
ACHE is still accepting scholarship applications for ACHE's 2016 Executive Programs, but the deadline to apply is approaching quickly. Learn more and apply—all scholarship requests are due by Wednesday, March 30.
Postgraduate Fellowships: Creating Future Leaders
The Postgraduate Fellowship Area of ache.org gives you the tools you need to develop a fellowship, including detailed resources on logistics, compensation and benefits, recruiting, onboarding and assessing fellow candidates. Give back to the field by offering a postgraduate fellowship in your organization.
Apply to Advance to Fellow and Save $200
Earning the distinction of board certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives demonstrates your competence, dedication and commitment to lifelong learning. Learn more about Fellow requirements and apply online.
Obama Administration Will Test Payment Alternatives for Medicare Part B Drugs
The Obama administration recently announced it will test a half-dozen proposed ways of paying for prescription drugs under Medicare Part B. The current payment formula does not incentivize physicians to choose the lowest-cost therapy to treat patients effectively, according to the administration.
Pear, R. "U.S. to Test Ways to Cut Drug Prices in Medicare'The New York Times,March 8, 2016
Study Finds Fee-for-Service Payments Increase Despite Efforts to Link Pay to Quality
New research has found that fee-for-service payments account for 95 percent of payments for physician visits, despite efforts to move toward payment based on quality, not quantity. The research indicates healthcare has far to go in linking payment to quality.
Daly, R. "Share of Fee-for-Service Physician Payments Increases"Healthcare Business News, HFMA, March 8, 2016
Four Areas That Hospital Boards Must Fulfill
There are four areas that can be blind spots for hospitals boards, and for which boards need independent insight to fulfill their fiduciary roles: publicly accessible data and cybersecurity, clinical innovation and culture. Why are these four areas "blind spots" for hospital boards?
Keckley, P. "The Four Blind Spots in Hospital Governance"H&HN , March 7, 2016
Ways to Become a More Focused and Mindful Leader
Harvard University researchers have found that people spend nearly 47 percent of their waking hours thinking about something else other than what they are doing. Simple strategies can help leaders become more focused and mindful.
Hougaard, R. and Carter, J. "How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day"Harvard Business Review, Mar. 4, 2016
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