In This Issue
Paul A. Jeffrey
Wesley Long Community Hospital – Moses Cone Health System
Pamela M. Sinclair, FACHE
Advanced Home Care
Samuel B. Seifert
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Robert E. Byrd, FACHE
Alamance Regional Medical Center
Wendy P. Hicks
Novant Health – Forsythe Medical Center
Message from the President|
by Paul A. Jeffrey
Summer season is coming to and end, and many are gearing up for back to school season.
At the Triad Healthcare Executive Forum we worked over the summer on planning the two final educational programs for 2010. In the planning of these programs we took into account the school calendar year and scheduled our third Education Program for September 15. This should give everyone time to settle in with “re-entry” of the school days routine. The fourth and final education program is our THEF Annual Meeting scheduled for November 11, 2010. So please do mark your calendars.
The September meeting will address industry and market trends that have created new sets of opportunities and challenges for health systems relevant to physicians as members of a medical staff, partners, employees, and as competitors. Given these new sets of dynamics we thought you might enjoy a discussion with healthcare executives from the Triad on the topic of Medical Staff Relations. This will be a very interesting program and it is approved by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) for 1.5 Category I credits. Please be in the look out for other e-blast announcements.
The THEF Annual meeting this coming November will have our usual agenda including the Legal Update by Tom Stukes from the Law Offices of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, PLLC. This should be an extremely interesting discussion in the coattails of Health Reform enacted earlier this year. In addition we will present ACHE special awards to two healthcare executives of the Triad.
Please be aware of proposed changes to Category I Programming. On June 28, 2010, the ACHE Board of Governors discussed a proposal to redefine Category I (ACHE education) to include only face-to-face educational programming at both the national and chapter levels. The Board acknowledged this is a complex issue that substantially impacts affiliates, chapters and ACHE. Therefore, the Board approved a systematic and transparent process for exposing this proposal to Regents and chapter leaders and for collecting input and feedback. The process includes webinars for Regents and chapter presidents in August to explain the proposal and to solicit feedback. This feedback will be provided to the Board for their consideration at the November Board meeting.
The webinars include a presentation that covers the current philosophy of ACHE education and the meaning of fellowship and the rationale for the proposal to include only face-to-face education in the definition of Category I. To assist chapters, particularly those serving remotely located affiliates, the proposal includes increasing the number of Category I credit program hours chapters can provide to 12 hours per year, with 6 of those hours offered in a one-day conference. The webinar presentation will be recorded and available for viewing. Stay tuned for more on Category I proposed changes.
Hope you were able to squeeze in vacation time during this unusually hot summer. Look forward to seeing you at our September 15 meeting.
Paul A. Jeffrey
Triad Healthcare Executive Forum
Wesley Long Community Hospital
|Fall education session:
September 15, 2010
"Medical Staff Relations"
(ACHE Category I panel discussion)
WFUBMC, Winston Salem, NC
THEF Annual Meeting:
November 11, 2010
Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC