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April 2017

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Spring 2017

Innovation in Healthcare – a call to action for ACHE healthcare leaders.

Did you know ACHE has a fund for “Innovation in Healthcare Leadership”?  The Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, a philanthropic initiative of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives, was created to bring innovation to the forefront of healthcare leadership.  Now more than ever, healthcare leaders are being challenged with ways to bring greater value and lower cost to a greater spectrum of people.  If you are interested in donating to the ACHE Foundation of ACHE’s Fund for Innovation in Healthcare Leadership, go to the ACHE website and find the Fund for Innovation.

Innovation in healthcare can save money, create leaner healthcare systems and provide quality care.  For example, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, CMS, has awarded money for 2 projects in several states including Oklahoma.  The Health Care Innovation Awards are funding up to $1 billion in awards to organizations that are implementing the most compelling new ideas to deliver better health, improved care and lower costs to people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), particularly those with the highest healthcare needs.

From the website:  The Health Care Innovation Awards Round Two are funding up to $1 billion in awards and evaluation to applicants across the country that test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and/or CHIP enrollees.

Healthcare Innovation Awards: Oklahoma

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Project Title: “Patient-centric electronic environment for improving acute care performance”
Geographic Reach: Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma
Funding Amount:
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $81,345,987

Summary: The Mayo Clinic received an award to improve critical care performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries in intensive care units (ICUs). The goal of this project is to develop and test a novel acute care interface with built-in-tools for error prevention, practice surveillance, decision support and reporting (ProCCESs AWARE - Patient Centered Cloud-based Electronic System: Ambient Warning and Response Evaluation). In preliminary studies, these novel informatics support builds on advanced understanding of cognitive and organizational ergonomics, have significantly decreased cognitive load of bedside providers and reduced medical errors. Using a cloud-based technology, AWARE will be uniformly available on either mobile or fixed computing devices and applied in a standardized manner in medical and surgical ICUs of geographically diverse acute care hospitals predominantly serving Medicare and Medicaid patients. The impact of ProCCESs AWARE on processes of care and outcomes in study ICUs will be evaluated using standardized step-wedge cluster randomized study design expected to enroll more than 10,000 critically ill patients during the three-year study period. Over a three-year period, the Mayo Clinic will train 1440 existing ICU caregivers in four diverse hospital systems to use new health information technologies effectively in managing ICU patient care.


Project Title: “Multi-community partnership between TransforMED, hospitals in the VHA system and a technology/data analytics company to support transformation to PCMH of practices connected with the hospitals and development of “Medical Neighborhood”
Geographic Reach: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia
Funding Amount: $20,750,000
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $52,824,000

Summary: TransforMED received an award for a primary care redesign project across 15 communities to support care coordination among Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH), specialty practices, and hospitals, creating “medical neighborhoods.” The project will use a sophisticated analytics engine, provided by a vendor, Phytel, to identify high risk patients and coordinate care across the medical neighborhood while driving PCMH transformation in a number of primary care practices in each community. Truly comprehensive care will improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary testing, leading to lower costs with better outcomes. TransforMED will work with VHA to capture learnings from leading performers. Cost trends will be identified via claims data using an analytic tool provided by a vendor, Cobalt Talon. Over a three-year period, TransforMED’s program will train an estimated 3,024 workers and create an estimated 22 jobs.

Are you an innovative thinker?  What new ideas can you, as an ACHE healthcare leader, bring to healthcare to transform it?  With today’s reimbursement challenges, increased regulatory oversight and limited financial capital, I believe this is a call to action for all of us.

Enjoy spring in Oklahoma!!!


Marti Jourden, FACHE 

Regent for Oklahoma


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My Fellow ACHE Colleagues,

As an Oklahoma native I tend to get excited this time of year, not so much for the “April showers that bring May flowers”, but for the severe weather! Some of you who were born and raised in Midwest may share this sentiment. I have one vivid memory in particular when I was a child in the 1970s as I laid eyes on my first Oklahoma tornado. I was living at that time on a small farm in a town near Chickasha called Ninnekah. I recall watching Gary England on TV one evening when my parents gathered me and my three brothers together to an outdoor storm cellar. My father cracked open the cellar door and invited us up the steps to see the tornado as it moved across the gravel road in front of our house. I remember feelings of fear and excitement all in the same moment. Several years later I graduated from Norman High and moved to Utah for college. Only then did I learn how much I would miss our thunder & lightning shows coupled with the severe weather broadcasts which take over the air waves during storm season. You know that when Mike Morgan wears his sparkly tie on the 5 o’clock news, it’s about to go down.

In all seriousness, however, what have Oklahomans learned over the years from our severe weather events? For starters, we have one of the nation’s most robust severe weather alert systems. Most cities in Oklahoma have invested in tornado siren infrastructure to ensure alert coverage for most populated areas. In the past few years you may have noticed that the Emergency Alert System has tapped into the smart phone market to develop alerts that can be sent out to select geographic areas. In addition, many Oklahomans have established family emergency plans or installed storm shelters in their homes. All of these measures not only ensure safety but are the result of actions taken based on prior experience.

I believe that as Healthcare Leaders we too play an important role in action planning. As exemplified by the Emergency Alert System, it was not enough to be satisfied with an outdoor siren system to alert local residents. They came up with an ingenious idea to leverage the growing demand for smart phone technology. So I ask ourselves, what have we learned from our past experiences? What are the industry trends that we should be leveraging? Are we proactive or reactive to market changes? And what measures are we taking to not only ensure the safety of our patients but to advance healthcare in Oklahoma? Food for thought.

As always, I appreciate your continued advocacy for our patients and families and look forward to seeing each of you at our upcoming spring events.


Sam McAdams, MBA, FACHE



Local ACHE News

Oklahoma Annual Healthcare Executives Summit

APRIL 28, 2017

April 28, 2017

Register Now

Join Oklahoma’s executive leadership for an exciting day of education and networking as we explore hot topics in the healthcare industry. Panel discussions will include:

-Technology Innovation: Changing the Face of Healthcare Delivery
-Improving the Bottom Line by Optimizing Throughput
-Leading your Team through Difficult Times
-Medical Staff Relations

Attendees will also have an opportunity to hear from our keynote speaker Senator Rob Standridge.

Program attendees will be eligible for 6 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face education credit, 1 hour ACHE Qualified education credit. 7 hours education credit total. 

Registration Fee:  $175.00

Please contact Kyle Hurley at with questions.




ACHE/SHE Member Networking Event

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Join us for an SHE/ACHE Member Networking Opportunity at the Whitewater Center in Oklahoma City. We will host this event on the night prior to the Oklahoma Annual Healthcare Executives Summit. The Event is free to ACHE members and will include Hors d 'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Thursday, April 27 

5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Whitewater Center, 800 Riversport Dr.  

Articles of Interest

6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution

6 Ways to Boost Alignment and Improve Strategy Execution

Developing an efficient and innovative new strategy can be challenging, but not nearly as challenging as aligning people in an organization to successfully execute that strategy, according to a recent Harvard Business Review article. Summarized below are six steps to help your leadership team boost alignment and create focus around the “highest-impact actions that will drive the organization’s most important outcomes.”

1. Define the one most important outcome. Identifying the most important thing your team hopes to accomplish in the next 12 months will help clarify your next steps.

2. Distinguish the most essential people. Your strategy may require a team effort, but it’s also crucial to recognize whose job is most essential to achieving the organization’s goal. Doing so will help focus leaders’ efforts and resources.

3. Have key players pinpoint their primary contribution. Similar to how your team should identify one outcome, your key people should identify their one pivotal strength related to the strategy and their one key contribution. Simplicity is a must when it comes to maintaining momentum.

4. Conduct coaching sessions. Leaders should have “laser-focused, 30-minute one-on-one coaching sessions” to ensure headway is being made and progress is on track.

5. Gather and report data. Coaching sessions give leaders the chance to collect data on trends and organizational obstacles team members are facing. Sharing data with the previously identified key people can help drive priorities forward.

6. Enhance performance. Have the key contributors fill out surveys on how the organization’s key strategy is progressing and whether they feel the 30-minute coaching sessions are valuable or effective. This information can help leaders improve their strategy execution.

—Adapted from “Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem,” by Peter Bregman, Harvard Business Review, Jan. 4, 2017.

The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid

The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid

The Social Side of Emotional Intelligence: Bad Habits to Avoid

Recent studies show likability can be traced back to a few social skills such as sincerity, transparency and understanding. According to Travis Bradberry, author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0, people with high emotional intelligence often possess such skills. They also tend to avoid the following bad behaviors, which can make you unlikeable:

  • Humble-bragging and self-deprecation

  • Being too serious or unsociable

  • Not asking enough questions during a conversation

  • Emotional instability, e.g., throwing things, screaming, etc.

  • Using your phone while interacting with people

  • Name-dropping to seem important or interesting

  • Gossiping

  • Being close-minded

  • Over-sharing personal information or problems

“When you build your awareness of how your actions are received by other people, you pave the way to becoming more likable,” wrote Bradberry.

—Adapted from “7 Things Wildly Successful People Do Before 7:30 A.M.,” by Travis Bradberry,, Jan. 24, 2017.



In the rapidly changing healthcare field, a career plan is more important than ever. To help you navigate this evolving marketplace, ACHE is pleased to bring you a unique, interactive and comprehensive tool for planning and managing your career—CareerEDGE™, available as a complimentary benefit to ACHE members.

CareerEDGE Features

• A personalized online Career Dashboard featuring career management tools, job board links, news items and other career resources
• Access to several free assessments including a 360° Working Style tool, a modified versions of Meyer’s Briggs Type Indicator and  ACHE’s Healthcare Leadership Competencies Assessment Tool
• An innovative career planning framework to guide your thinking about career success today and in the future and help you build a solid career plan document
• A process to help you make the connection between clarifying goals, identifying the competencies required for success, identifying valuable resources and assessing the level of progress toward developing critical skill sets.

CareerEDGE is an easy-to-navigate, one-stop source for the full array of resources needed for a strategic approach to career management at any career level. Log in today to give yourself an edge in the healthcare job market! Visit



Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

Tuition Waiver Assistance Program

To increase the availability of ACHE educational programming for Members experiencing economic hardship, ACHE has established the Tuition Waiver Assistance Program.

ACHE makes available a limited number of tuition waivers to Members and Fellows whose organizations lack the resources to fund their tuition for education programs. Those in career transition also are encouraged to apply. Tuition waivers are based on financial need and are available for the following ACHE education programs:

• Congress on Healthcare Leadership
• Cluster Seminars
• Self-Study Programs
• Online Education Programs
• Online Tutorial (Board of Governors Exam preparation)
• ACHE Board of Governors Exam Review Course

All requests are due at least eight weeks before the program date, except for ACHE self-study courses; see quarterly application deadlines on the FAQ page of the tuition waiver application for complete information. Incomplete applications and those received after the deadline will not be considered. Recipients will be notified of the waiver review panel's decision at least six weeks before the program date. For ACHE self-study courses, applicants will be notified three weeks after the quarterly application deadline.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Teri Somrak, associate director, Division of Professional Development, at (312) 424-9354 or For more information, visit