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Molly Rowe, Senior Editor-Leadership

It's the season for giving so I thought I'd share with you some of the feedback that readers have so generously e-mailed the past few months. You've had a lot to say--on everything from blogs to infectious disease to firing people. Most of it nice, some of it not, but all of it thought-provoking. [Read More]
  Dec. 21, 2007

 
Editor's Picks
California health reform passes first vote
California's Assembly passed Gov. Schwarzenegger's universal health insurance plan, paving the way for a $14-billion program that would require everyone in California to purchase health insurance. Being touted as the model for national reform, California's plan must be approved by the state Senate and voters before it goes into effect. [Read More]
Rise of medical tourism
This Q&A with Tarun Khanna, a Harvard Business School Professor specializing in global strategy, discusses the rise of medical tourism and why the globalization of medicine is an interesting study of corporate strategy both within healthcare and outside the industry. Khanna co-authored an HBS case study on the Apollo Hospitals Group, which manages more than 30 hospitals in India. [Read More]
Board on the floor
Hospital boards aren't just for reviewing financials anymore. This month's HealthLeaders magazine cover story discusses the increasing influence of governance on quality efforts and why board involvement is so important. [Read More]
The checklist
Although there's been a big push to apply assembly-line-like protocols to healthcare, physicians and clinicians still push back, saying humans are complex and ever-changing. This article by Atul Gawande explains that while medicine is incredibly complex, it can also be predictable and controlled. Healthcare requires "courage, wits, and improvisation," Gawande writes, but "it should be ready to accept the virtues of regimentation." This must-read article reinforces why the ongoing struggle to implement standard protocols and operating procedures at your organization is difficult but worthwhile. [Read More]
Happy Holidays!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy and safe holiday. HealthLeaders Media Corner Office will take next week off, but will return with a new issue January 4, 2008.
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This Week's Headlines
Health savings account for poor tested
AP/Yahoo News - December 15, 2007

Senators craft pared-down Medicare plan
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - December 18, 2007
Report offers plan for better healthcare, lower costs
Los Angeles Times - December 18, 2007
Dems end the year without health victory
AP/Yahoo News - December 20, 2007
Pilot program aims to train Spanish-speaking doctors
Wall Street Journal (subscription required) - December 18, 2007

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From HealthLeaders Magazine
If it Ain't Broke, Fix It

HealthLeaders December 2007 Senior leaders are spending more time on clinical floors, working to identify and eliminate shortcuts before serious errors occur. [Read More]
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