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Sink Some Boats
Jim Molpus, Editor-in-Chief, HealthLeaders Media

One of the more misleading sayings is that "a rising tide lifts all boats." Reportedly this is an adage that Navy man and yachtsman JFK was fond of saying in his presidential speeches on the economy. I have heard it pop up more than once recently as industry leaders try to imagine a scenario where a major healthcare reform shift will somehow preserve and strengthen all current players. If only the spectacularly backward reimbursement system were fixed, then everybody would get better, or so the group-think follows.
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  July 11, 2008

 
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The message you hope never to send
About a year ago I met with Beth Israel Deaconess CEO Paul Levy at his office and asked him why on earth a hospital CEO would write a blog. He explained that with his background in political and public leadership, being open and transparent was part of the culture. There is no greater tradition of transparency than sharing lessons when something goes wrong. [Read More]
Group calls for zero tolerance of doctor bullies
The Joint Commission wants hospitals to set up codes of conduct for bullying physicians, presumably ones who are such dominant A-types that they can talk a nurse into operating on the wrong leg just because they say so. Everyone who survived elementary school knows that true bullies only respond to a kick in the mouth. I'll be curious to see how euphemistically that is described in the code of conduct. [Read More]
Grady CEO: Contract is fair, aboveboard
The latest act in the ongoing comic opera at Atlanta's Grady Memorial Hospital involves a contract that current/interim CEO Pamela Stephenson was granted by the former board, which she just happened to chair. A new community-based board of civic leaders announced four finalists for the permanent CEO position earlier this week, and Stephenson was not among them. [Read More]
GM weighs more layoffs, sale of brands
And all along we were told by General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner that healthcare costs were making the company non-competitive in the global marketplace. Making cars that nobody wants to buy must have hurt, too. [Read More]
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