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Hiring Leaders that Quickly Get Distracted with New Opportunities…Squirrel!

Posted by Pete Rivera on November 4, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There are some leaders that enjoy the arrival process at a new organization, fixing issues during the honeymoon phase, and then leaving when the C-suite starts asking, "What have you done for me, lately?" Organizations often look externally for candidates that will take a fresh look at issues and solve world hunger. They don’t like to look within because “if my current employees were all that good, I would not be in the mess I am in!"

The concept of grooming leaders is often lost on most organizations when they settle for hiring leaders that quickly get distracted.  Some VPs are not able to look at supervisors that have worked their way up to director without still treating them like they are new to the club. They fail to realize that those that rise to the top are often gifted with leadership traits that cannot be taught.

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Topics: hospitals, business management, ambulatory care, healthcare leaders, professional development

Healthcare Leaders Blog: A Shift to Service Lines in Hospital Service Delivery, David O. McCready

Posted by David McCready on October 7, 2015 at 9:00 AM

There is a growing interest among many hospitals—community and academic alike—to migrate toward alternative service delivery models referred to as “service lines.” The concept with clinical service lines is to shift the hospital’s care delivery model from the traditional specialty silos to a more horizontal organizational structure that is focused on patient-centric care delivery within a particular clinical affinity area. Cardiovascular and musculoskeletal service lines are common examples. The idea is to organize all related services under one broad program umbrella, and work to manage those services better and more efficiently. When well designed and implemented, service lines can be helpful to patients in their accessing one-stop care in a way that improves coordination and outcomes, and results in a measurably better patient experience. Service lines also hold the promise of bringing together related specialists and providing them opportunity for collaboration and innovation that would not have been possible while practicing in separate subspecialty departments or offices. When cardiologists and cardiac surgeons and cardiac anesthesiologists all work for a hospital’s cardiovascular service line and thus collaborate freely and with focused purpose, for instance, remarkable innovations in patient care are possible.

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Topics: improve patient satisfaction, thought leadership, healthcare leaders, Hospital Service Delivery, Thought Leaders, organizational development, Hayes Thought Leadership Blog Series

Healthcare Leaders Blog: Data, Analytics, and the Emerging Role of the CMIO, Gregory Ator, MD., CMIO

Posted by Gregory Ator, M.D., CMIO on September 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Data, Analytics, and the Emerging Role of the CMIO

By Gregory Ator, MD., CMIO, of the University of Kansas Hospital (Kansas City), University of Kansas Physicians Inc.

The role of data and analytics in healthcare especially as it relates to transparency has been discussed widely. What is your view of how data and analytics has changed and will continue to change the way healthcare is delivered?

It is well known that healthcare is moving from volume to value - value defined as optimal outcomes for the least cost. And with some urgency, many organizations are trying to figure out how to successfully navigate this transition. At the crux of this shift, is the availability of data. Data is crucial because you can’t achieve optimal quality and outcomes without it. Accurate clinician documentation in the EMR is more important than ever because this is what generates process improvement data points, hopefully, as a by-product of the care process. In order for all this to work, improved clinician-friendly EMR functionality is desperately needed.

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Topics: data, healthcare EMR, Data analytics, thought leadership, healthcare leaders, advice, electronic healthcare information, patient experience, CMIO, Healthcare Analytics, Hayes Thought Leadership Blog Series

What Closing the HIPAA Gaps Means for the Future of Healthcare Privacy, Kirk J. Nahra

Posted by Kirk J. Nahra on July 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

 

What Closing the HIPAA Gaps Means for the Future of Healthcare Privacy

By Kirk J Nahra, Partner and Chair of Privacy and Data Security Practice at Wiley Rein, LLP.

By now, most people have felt the effects of the HIPAA Privacy Rule (from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). HIPAA has set the primary standard for the privacy of healthcare information in the United States since the rule went into effect in 2003. It’s an important rule that creates significant baseline privacy protections for healthcare information across the country.

Yet, from the beginning, important gaps have existed in HIPAA – the most significant involving its “scope.” The rule was driven by congressional decisions having little to do with privacy, but focused more on the portability of health insurance coverage and the transmission of standardized electronic transactions.

Because of the way the HIPAA law was crafted, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could only write a privacy rule focused on HIPAA “covered entities” like healthcare providers and health insurers. This left certain segments of related industries that regularly use or create healthcare information—such as life insurers or workers compensation carriers— beyond the reach of the HIPAA rules. Therefore, the HIPAA has always had a limited scope that did not provide full protection for all medical privacy.

So why do we care about this now?

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Topics: HIPAA, healthcare privacy and security, healthcare leaders, electronic healthcare information, insurance, Hayes Thought Leadership Blog Series

Healthcare Leaders blog series: Advice for the Modern IT Leader, John Halamka, MD, CIO

Posted by John Halamka on June 5, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Hayes is pleased to introduce our Healthcare Leaders blog series. In this series, we ask some of healthcares most prominent leaders to comment on the current state of healthcare as well as discuss what they think the future holds. Our first Healthcare Leader blog is authored by John Halamka, MD, CIO, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and co-chair of the national Healthcare IT Standards Committee.

Advice for the Modern IT Leader

By John Halamka, MD, CIO Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Recently I gave a keynote address about the characteristics of the modern IT leader - call it my top 10 list of behaviors and tactics.    As a pre-amble, I offered an environmental scan of the regulatory and business challenges we’re likely to face over the next five years.

All IT leaders have weathered the impact of the Meaningful Use program, ICD-10 implementation, HIPAA Omnibus Rule and Affordable Care Act.   Over the past few weeks, the Sustainable Growth Rate fix, the 21st Century Cures Act, and the Burgess Bill have added even more complexity to IT tactical planning.   Here’s my advice.

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Topics: healthcare IT planning, ICD-10, meaningful use, thought leadership, IT strategy, healthcare leaders, advice, Hayes Thought Leadership Blog Series

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