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CEO Exchange: Top Execs Share Insights, Solutions, and Strategies

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, November 8, 2013

The Baylor Quality Alliance, for example, starts with its own employees, according to Steve Newton, west region president at Baylor Scott & White Healthcare in Grapevine, Texas. He says they have already achieved some impressive results.

A Self-Insurance Pilot
"Our self-insured population has 35,000 covered lives, we're connecting IT with 600 employed doctors in a private label ACO, and we've achieved a cost reduction of 5% in the past year through adopting certain clinical pathways and getting all the specialty groups to follow clinical guidelines based on algorithms that were developed under evidence based medicine, and that also happen to cost less money," he says.

"It's a pilot project, but with the scale, we have enough points of access. Scaling that kind of thing is the fundamental challenge. The question is whether we can effectively aggregate our clinical assets to be ready to share risk."

Just more than half (54%) of respondents say they've planned a "selective" growth strategy over the next three years, with another 39% saying their growth strategy would be "aggressive." Only 7% plan caution in growth.

Capital Spending Projections
One reason for growth is to build scale, in a defensive reaction to shrinking reimbursements and other challenges facing healthcare organizations today. HealthLeaders Media continues to cover the ongoing M&A trend. Yet among CEO Exchange attendees, hospital acquisition falls at the bottom of planned 2014 capital budget expenditures.

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Duffy Newman (11/11/2013 at 9:45 AM)
Diversity of executive leadership and inclusion of many perspectives is critical if we are going to innovate and thrive. My question is where are the women? This article and slide show represent the reality in healthcare executive leadership. While they make up 73 percent of medical and health services managers, women account for only a small portion of CEOs at hospital and health care organizations, according to a report by RockHealth. The analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other surveys finds that just 4 percent of health care organization CEOs and 18 percent of hospital CEOs are women.