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Abortion Suit Should Prompt Policy Reviews
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

A nurse recently filed suit against Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for allegedly scheduling her to assist with a midterm abortion, even though she said the hospital knew about her objections based on religious belief. The lawsuit raises a timely reminder of the importance for all healthcare providers to have clear procedures in place for such a scenario. Can a strong code of ethics and practical policies eliminate the tough moral dilemmas that healthcare professionals have to confront? Or, are tough moral dilemmas simply inevitable, given the life-and-death decisions that are part of the job? [Read More]
  August 10, 2009

 
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Healthcare sector job growth keeps chugging along
The healthcare sector continues its recession-defying job growth, although that growth appears to be slowing. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data for July show job growth across virtually every part of the healthcare sector, from hospitals to dialysis centers. Ambulatory surgery centers continue to be the real economic engine for new healthcare jobs, however, and account for 96,000 of the 217,000 new jobs created in the entire healthcare sector in the first seven months of 2009. [Read More]
Employer mandate solves some problems, creates a lot more
If there was anyone in Congress who didn't appreciate the complexity of the nation's healthcare delivery system before the great reform debate began, they probably do now. Consider the Senate Finance Committee's well-intentioned proposal to impose an employer mandate to either provide health insurance to workers or subsidize their health costs. The idea has "deep flaws" that would make it too expensive to hire lower-wage earners, minorities, women, and disabled workers, according to a new analysis by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. These would be the same people the bill is designed to protect. CBPP maintains that the employer mandate is an essential component of healthcare reform. However, they say the proposal that the Finance Committee is considering creates more problems than it solves. [Read More]
'Innovisits' taps expertise outside the healthcare sector
It?s understandable why the bunker mentality has permeated so many businesses in the United States as we try to weather through the deepest recession in 30 years. Just don't say that to Matt Krathwohl. He's the executive director of performance at Memorial Hospital South Bend, where they believe that the independent hospital's long-term survival depends on innovation. Krathwohl has developed a program called Innovisits, in which key hospital employees take structured visits to companies outside the healthcare industry to learn different ways of approaching problems that are common to all organizations. [Read More]
Physician employment solves some problems, creates others
Here's another piece that underscores the complexity of the healthcare system, and how the one-size-fits-all approach is a recipe for disaster. My colleague, Elyas Bakhtiari, has put together a succinct point-counterpoint column on the pros and cons of using physician-employees. Healthcare is like Whack-a-Mole, the arcade game. Bop one problem on the head and down it goes. You think you?ve got it licked, and then some other problem—usually a result of your first solution—pops up somewhere else, usually in the place you least expect. [Read More]
Executives on the Move
SACRAMENTO: Dunn steps down as CEO of California Medical Association
Joe Dunn is resigning as the CEO of the California Medical Association, but wants to remain with CMA in some capacity. Dunn said he took the step because of family reasons. [Read More]

MILWAUKEE: Schreiber named president of Wisconsin Anthem Blues
Larry Schreiber has been named president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin. He replaces Steve Martenet, who was appointed to lead specialty insurance product sales for Anthem's parent company. Schreiber, 46, will be responsible for the management of all sales, marketing, and underwriting functions for small and large group accounts in Wisconsin, and serve as the primary contact for state regulators. Schreiber will also oversee Anthem's social responsibility activities dedicated to promoting health and wellness throughout Wisconsin. He is currently vice president and general manager for UniCare, a health benefits company based in Chicago. [Read More]

DUBLIN, OH: Barrett to lead Cardinal Health supply services
Cardinal Health has named George S. Barrett vice chairman of Cardinal Health and CEO of its Healthcare Supply Chain Services sector. Barrett, 52, who is currently the CEO of Teva North America, will join the company at the end of January and report to Chairman and CEO R. Kerry Clark. He served as corporate executive vice president of Teva's Global Pharmaceutical Markets since January 2007, as well as CEO of Teva North America since January 2005. He was president and CEO of Teva USA from 1999 to 2004. Also, David L. Schlotterbeck, 60, has been named vice chairman in addition to his role as CEO of the company's Clinical and Medical Products sector. [Read More]

ST. LOUIS: Liekweg named president of BJC HealthCare
Richard J. Liekweg has been named group president of BJC HealthCare and president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, effective Sept. 14. He comes to St. Louis after six years as CEO and associate vice chancellor for the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. Barnes-Jewish Hospital, a 1,252-bed nonprofit academic hospital, is the largest hospital in Missouri. [Read More]

AVON, CT: Rohan takes over as president of Magellan Health Services
Karen S. Rohan, 46, became president of Magellan Health Services effective Aug. 1. She is responsible for the strategic direction and profit and loss of Magellan's existing business units and, with the close of the acquisition, the company's First Health Services business. Rohan has more than 18 years of experience in the healthcare industry and was most recently president of the Group Disability, Dental and Vision Care businesses of CIGNA Corp. Separately, Magellan has begun to implement its succession plan for the leadership of its ICORE subsidiary. Alan Lotvin, MD, 47, the division's president, will ultimately succeed Raju Mantena as CEO. Having fulfilled his obligations under the ICORE purchase agreement to manage the business for three years, Mantena, 41, announced he intends to leave full-time employment with Magellan when management feels comfortable that the leadership transition is complete. [Read More]

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