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Six Tips for Delivering Bad News
Carrie Vaughan, Senior Editor-Leadership

Nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news. It's difficult and uncomfortable. For senior leaders, it's also part of the job. During the past six months, CEOs in every industry have been forced to deliver unpopular messages, and discussing potential layoffs is probably the most difficult.
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  March 27, 2009

 
Editor's Picks
A health plan for all and the concerns it raises
How should the government provide healthcare coverage for the nearly 50 million uninsured people in the United States and rein in skyrocketing healthcare costs at the same time? That is the quandary. The details of a federal insurance plan still remain unclear, but a key question is whether it would function like Medicare. Opponents are concerned that too much government intervention will eventually push out the private insurers, leaving the government option as the only option. [Read More]
Working with a hospital administration is like . . .
Sg2 surveyed 238 orthopedic surgeons on what is was like working with administrators, what professional pressures they face, about current and planned practice expansion initiatives, and physician-hospital relationships, among other items. That perspective should definitely interest senior leaders. A free registration is required to access the survey. [Read More]
Cut your losses
Some employees just can't be coached, according to this Harvard Business Review article. Leaders can waste a lot of time and resources trying to develop employees that are and will continue to be unreceptive. Here are four ways to indentify one of these staff members. [Read More]
Have a Top Leadership Team?
HealthLeaders Media is gearing up for its fifth year of the Top Leadership Teams in Healthcare program that recognizes the best in senior leadership teamwork at hospitals, health plans, and medical group practices. This year's winners will be honored during HealthLeaders Media '09: The Hospital of the Future Now, an event planned for October 15-16 at The Palmer House in Chicago. If you and your organization have an outstanding teamwork story to share, go to the Top Leadership Teams site to learn more about the six categories, download an entry form, and submit your entry. The deadline to submit is April 30. [Learn More]

This Week's Headlines
Tenet CEO gets 2008 compensation valued at $9.7 million
AP/Yahoo News - March 27, 2009
Pennsylvania lawmakers pressure Temple to keep hospital open
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 27, 2009
Doctors raise doubts on digital health data
New York Times - March 26, 2009
President points to progress on economic efforts
Washington Post - March 25, 2009
Philadelphia-based Northeastern Hospital will be closed
Philadelphia Inquirer - March 24, 2009
Michigan hospitals could get $6.5 million for uninsured
Detroit Free Press - March 23, 2009

Webcasts/Audio Conferences
Service Lines Strategies Workshop 2009: Joint Replacement (April 20)
5 Ways to Improve the Patient Experience at Your Hospital (On Demand)

Top 5 Healthcare Jobs
Director of Business Operations: Audrain Health Care Inc., Springfield, MO. The director is responsible for managing the day-to-day business operations of the MedChoice Business Office, including front office operations and patient accounts . . . [Read More]
Chief Financial Officer: Integra Hospital Plano, Plano, TX. This position directs the financial affairs of the organization and prepares financial analyses of operations . . . [Read More]
Chief Nursing Officer: McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, Springfield, OR. The CNO provides leadership to nurse employees to enroll their support and create ownership of goals . . . [Read More]
Senior Development Officer: CHW-Mercy Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, CA. The development officer is responsible for the planning, management, and implementation of all local fundraising activities . . . [Read More]
Risk Manager/Patient Safety Officer: St. Joseph Medical Center Towson, Gillette, WY. This position assumes accountability for hospital issues of risk management, regulatory compliance, and accreditation standards . . . [Read More]

From HealthLeaders Magazine
SOS: Public Hospitals

HealthLeaders November 2008
On the brink even during good economic times, many public hospitals are operating in technical insolvency amid a painful recession. But they can take heart from following the example of two that have managed well. [Read More]
Service Line Management
Beyond Obstetrics

A changing female demographic has created new opportunities for hospitals to grow the women's health service line into much more than just labor and delivery. [Read More]
View from the Top

Problems and Solutions in End-of-Life Healthcare Federal legislation passed in 1990 affirms patients' rights to document end-of-life wishes and designate a healthcare decision-maker, requiring hospitals to ask all patients at time of admission about their advance directives. However, despite passage of this legislation—the Patient Self Determination Act of 1990—only 15% to 20% of patients have an advance directive, and even when there is one, 65% to 76% of physicians are unaware of these patient choices. Consequently, people end up getting healthcare services in the last days of life that they would not have wanted. [Read More]
Audio Feature

CEO Survey: Cheryl Herbert, president of Dublin Methodist Hospital in central Ohio, offers insights on the HealthLeaders Media Industry Survey 2009, discussing CEOs' view of the quality of their organizations' information technology and how the federal stimulus package may affect healthcare IT. [Listen Now]

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