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Dependent Eligibility Gets
A Hard Look in Hard Times

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media

When it comes to healthcare benefits for employees, hospitals have just about every other industry beat. But even if a hospital health plan is self-insured, costs are going up. [Read More]
  October 20, 2008

 
Top 5 Healthcare Jobs

Chief Executive Officer
Encore Healthcare, Plano, TX. Our Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano, Texas looking for a Chief Executive Officer for the Long Term Acute Care Hospital division. This position oversees and provides leadership in all areas of clinical services . . . [Read More]

CEO/Administrator
HealthSouth, Colorado Springs, CO. The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Hospital. This position is accountable for planning, organizing, and directing the hospital to ensure that quality patient care . . . [Read More]

Nurse Manager
Riverhills Healthcare, Cincinnati, OH. Riverhills Healthcare provides comprehensive neurosurgical and neurological care, from diagnosis, to treatment, to rehabilitation. RN licensure is required and previous management experience preferred . . . [Read More]

Chief Financial Officer
Baptist Healthcare, Pensacola, FL. Will serve as the senior operational finance leader for all BHC entities located on the Gulf Breeze Hospital and Andrews Institute campus and is responsible for the production of accurate and timely financial statements . . . [Read More]

Vice President of Finance
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI. Serves as Chief Financial Officer for Spectrum Health United Memorial including United and Kelsey Hospitals. Oversees the operations, activities and delivery of quality services of departments within the Financial Services Division . . . [Read More]
 
Editor's Picks
MDs overestimate patients' medical literacy
Two new studies show that many patients with low reading skills may not understand the written questions that physicians ask them before physical exams. One study by Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta found that 300 men in an inner-city hospital had—on average—a fourth-grade reading level. Only one in six of them understood all seven questions used in the International Prostate Symptom Score, and fewer than half understood more than half the questions, some as basic as: "During the last month or so, how often have you had to push or strain to urinate?" [Read More]
The IT revolution: Coming soon to a hospital near you
Amar Gupta, a technology and management professor at the University of Arizona, notes that the healthcare industry is on the cusp of an information technology revolution, despite its best efforts to avoid it. When that happens, he says the delivery of healthcare will fundamentally change forever. [Read More]
Medicaid growth expected to increase nearly 8%
Medicaid's well-earned reputation as a budget buster is expected to be enhanced in the coming year, as government actuaries estimate that the program costs will increase by 7.9%. It should come as no surprise. Healthcare costs are increasing everywhere, so why should Medicaid be exempted? The problem is, those actuaries estimate that Medicaid will grow nearly twice as fast as the economy in the coming decade, a pace that HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt calls unsustainable. [Read More]
Hawaii's health plan for children strangled in the crib, parents blamed
Just seven months after it was launched, Hawaii is dropping the nation's only state universal child healthcare program. A state official says families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan. "People who were already able to afford healthcare began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," says Kenny Fink, MD, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I don't believe that was the intent of the program." [Read More]
 
Executives on the Move
Eagin, MN: BCBS Minnesota Names Geraghty president and CEO
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has named Patrick Geraghty president and CEO, to succeed Mark W. Banks, M.D., the organization's current CEO. Geraghty will join Blue Cross this month. He most recently served as Senior Vice President of the Service Division of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, a health plan with 3.6 million members. He has also held several senior leadership positions with Prudential Insurance Company. [Read More]

Miami: AvMed names Hannum new president and COO
Ed Hannum, a 21-year veteran of AvMed Health Plans has been named AvMed's new president and COO. Hannum's promotion was made by Mike Gallagher, AvMed's CEO and president and CEO of SantaFe HealthCare, AvMed's parent company. Since January, Hannum has served as the acting COO of AvMed. [Read More]

Brentwood, TN: Healthways shuffles leadership
Disease management company Healthways Inc. has named Steve Brueckner as company president. Brueckner, a veteran at Humana Inc., takes over the title from CEO Ben Leedle Jr. He will also serve as the company's COO. "By having a proven executive of Steve's caliber focus undivided attention on the disciplined execution of the day-to-day management of our business, I will be able to be engaged more fully in driving Healthways' growth globally through our three central initiatives," says Leedle, who also warns of possible layoffs before the year is over. [Read More]

Brookfield, WI: Pinstripe, Inc. names Van Cleave to advisory board
Pinstripe, Inc., a recruitment outsourcing company, has named Bruce Van Cleave, M.D., to its Healthcare Advisory Board. Van Cleave is the CMO and senior vice president for strategic management at Aurora Health Care, where he leads strategic planning and oversees the Aurora UW Medical Group and Aurora's participation in the Center for Urban Population Health. [Read More]

Greenwood Village, CO: Murphy named COO, president of EMSC's EmCare subsidiary
Emergency Medical Services Corp. has appointed James Murphy as president and COO of its EmCare subsidiary, effective immediately. Murphy is based at the EmCare corporate offices in Dallas. Murphy joined EmCare in 1993 as regional vice president, and has served as Executive Vice President since 2001. In his new role, he has overall operational responsibility for EmCare and its operating divisions. [Read More]

Richardson, TX: Rockwall Hospitals names Gideon COO
Rockwall Hospitals, Inc. has named Dan Gideon COO of the Richardson, Texas-based hospital development and hospital management company. Gideon, who has nearly 25 years of hospital management experience, previously was CEO of the HealthSouth Dallas Rehabilitation Hospital. [Read More]

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