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HealthLeaders Media's roundtables provide in-depth coverage of the most important issues confronting healthcare leaders today. Each roundtable offers insightful analysis of many sides of an issue as presented during a freewheeling discussion among healthcare industry experts. Find out about sponsoring a roundtable or contact the editor for more information.
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Innovation Through Analytics

December 13, 2012

Analytics has come a long way since the first scorecards landed in healthcare enterprises. Today, intelligent use of analytics may be the difference between profit or loss, growth or lost market share as healthcare moves from fee-for-service to accountable care. Analytics helps health leaders decide how to rearrange their businesses, processes, and work flows, and spark creative thinking about new opportunities or areas needing improvement.Part of the challenge is managing expectations in an era where big data is opening insights in all sorts of businesses, many of which can flow into healthcare. Savvy healthcare leaders have to evaluate the cost of implementing agile analytics systems and staff, weighing that cost carefully against real or projected benefits. [Sponsored by Deloitte.]

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Innovation in Hospital Governance: Joint Ventures, Partnerships, and Affiliations

November 13, 2012

As healthcare grows more interconnected, standalone community or government-owned hospitals are facing a crisis. Many need partnerships or clinical affiliations with allied healthcare providers and tertiary hospitals that can provide care, and in some cases capital, that they cannot. They may make an unattractive merger partner for larger hospitals and health systems that may also have capital constraints. Even if the local hospital is an attractive merger partner, many boards do not want to give up the local control over available services and the jobs the local hospital provides to local residents. There are other ways to reach the goals of better, more coordinated, and value-added care, and in many cases, preserve the hospital long-term. [Sponsored by LHP Hospital Group, LLC]

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mHealth: Improving the Continuity of Care

November 12, 2012

Healthcare providers can improve outcomes and control costs by exploiting mobile technology, including patients' own phones, to deliver more care beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics. The virtualization of care enabled by mHealth technology can improve care of chronic conditions, redesign or streamline work flows, extend the reach of caregivers and facilities, and improve how information is shared across distance and time. Continuity of care requires mobile technology to boost patient engagement in an era when value-based care is replacing fee-for-service business models. [Sponsored by Verizon Wireless]

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Decision Time for Community Hospitals

October 15, 2012

Where will community hospitals fit in the future healthcare landscape? Mergers and acquisitions of hospitals continue at record levels, yet many community and rural hospitals wish to remain independent. To position themselves financially and operationally for the future, these hospitals must understand the competitive dynamics of their situation. They must control costs while still offering quality services, attract and retain physicians, find their niche among competitors near and far—and consider the right partner to work with short of a merger. HealthLeaders Media convened a panel of community hospital CEOs to discuss how they can navigate increasingly difficult straits and maintain the values of their organizations and communities. [Sponsored by CHC]

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Operational Excellence for Clinical Quality

September 13, 2012

Healthcare operations leaders today must drive operational efficiency and cost management to achieve necessary clinical outcomes. New models of care coordination and accountability require new operational strategies that integrate hospitals’ business functions and medical mission. As reimbursements shift to pay-for-performance, hospitals and healthcare systems increasingly must work with a broad range of partners toward population health management, extending beyond the walls of their institutions. Physician alignment with this changing dynamic is essential, but getting incentives right can be difficult. HealthLeaders Media convened a panel of healthcare COOs to discuss how they and their systems can meet these demands and stay viable. [Sponsored by Deloitte]

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High-Demand Competencies: Developing Your Own Leaders

June 13, 2012

As healthcare transitions to new incentives and requirements, the industry is experiencing a dramatic shift in key competencies. As hospitals' mission morphs from treating the sick and being paid on a fee-for-service basis to keeping patients healthy and being reimbursed on how well they manage that task, hospitals can either buy the talent they need or commit to developing it internally. Regardless, they must cultivate new competencies in areas such as risk management, case management, and medical informatics. Indeed, even senior leaders such as chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, and CEOs will have to broaden their capabilities and serve as a bridge between the clinical and financial. [Sponsored by BE Smith]

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Capital Concerns

June 12, 2012

In a period of turmoil and transformation in the healthcare industry, access to capital has become a critical issue. Hospitals and healthcare systems face declining revenues and pressure on margins, while competition and the shift to pay-for-performance are driving executives to seek security for their organizations. The result is a boom in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and new and unusual partnerships. Access to capital, or lack thereof, underlies these strategic concerns and has the potential to create haves and have-nots in the industry. HealthLeaders Media convened a panel of healthcare executives with deep expertise in capital issues and M&A to discuss how access to capital is driving healthcare business strategy today. [Sponsored by Deloitte]

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How to Integrate Population Health Strategies to Build Market Share

May 14, 2012

Hospitals and health systems are transitioning from a reimbursement system based on volume to one based on quality of care and outcomes. While these changes are still developing, they are disruptive enough that senior leaders must make preparations for the transition now. That means making investments in population health management. Treating patients in an effort to keep them well takes much more information and data-processing capability than most hospitals and health systems currently possess, and the penalties for poor or uncoordinated care are such that investment in these capabilities is a must. But the choices and information technology solutions from which to choose are overwhelming. How does a senior leader determine what’s most important when long-term viability is at stake? [Sponsored by MedSynergies]

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Strategic Operations

April 12, 2012

Hospital operations are hugely complex. Operational excellence and efficiency affects the patient experience, clinical quality and safety, and the organization’s bottom line. Many executives, along with the federal government, look to information technology for improving operations. Regulatory incentives and requirements for employing IT offer more integrated operations but also create challenges in implementation. The cost of healthcare IT adds to the imperative of operational efficiency. HealthLeaders Media convened a panel of healthcare executives who share high-level perspectives on operations and deep familiarity with system IT to discuss how to achieve sustained excellence in operations while maintaining margins. [Sponsored by TeleTracking]

 

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Catalytic Leadership

February 13, 2012

The healthcare provider industry is ever shifting. Rarely, however, does it truly change. A combination of economic pressure to reduce costs and healthcare reform efforts have led to a new recognition that the underlying volume-based business model of healthcare may finally have cracked, and along with it the style of leadership it created. HealthLeaders Media convened a panel of health system leaders to share their insights on how they plan to guide their health systems to meet a new way of doing business based on coordination and value. [Sponsored by Deloitte]