Population Health Is An Opportunity for Rural Health

By Beth Nelson

Despite continuing speculation that the move toward population health is problematic for rural hospitals and healthcare systems (ie, those with small populations), the emergence of new and innovative programs by some providers indicates otherwise.

While disruptive change will continue, rural hospitals and health systems that embrace the right population health strategies, and recruit the right leaders to implement those strategies, can seize opportunities. This was…



Precision Medicine: Who Will Lead?

 

By Hillary Ross

Precision medicine was a late-term focus of the Obama administration, and will remain a national priority as the new regime comes to Washington. The potential benefits number too many to ignore.

As health systems decide on what precision medicine (or personalized medicine) will look like for them, and move toward implementation of that vision, there is a need to recruit strong and innovative leaders. My colleague, Zachary Durst, and I recently had the opportunity to share our thoughts…



New Medical Schools Require Visionaries and Risk-Takers as Leaders

By Jeffrey Schroetlin

An increasing number of health systems are partnering with or launching their own medical schools. They are doing so to keep up with a demand for physicians brought about by the retirement of baby boomer doctors as well as increasing populations and greater need for healthcare in general. Healthcare systems see their own medical schools as an opportunity to address this need for physicians at a local level and even to build their own prestige and reputations…



Health System Leadership: Seeking Physician Executives with Business Acumen

 

By Linda Komnick

As health systems strive to improve outcomes and reduce costs amid the shift toward value-based care, more senior leadership positions are being filled by clinicians-turned-executives. Healthcare organizations are looking for physician leaders who understand the full continuum of care, how to optimize resources, and how to manage risk. Clinician leaders are seen as the catalyst to guide the transformation from volume to value.

My…



The Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)

By Hillary Ross

The modern healthcare system continues to evolve, bringing accompanying change in the roles of healthcare leaders. One notable addition is the emergence of the Chief Health Information Officer (CHIO)—encompassing the technology and operational focus of the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) with a broader skill set and talent for strategy, transformation, and leadership.  Like the CMIO, the CHIO may still be the liaison between the clinical…



Revenue Cycle Management: New Leaders Need a Broad Skillset

By David Boggs

The evolving role of the revenue cycle management leader—from billing and collections to a much broader, more strategic view of the revenue cycle—has necessitated a shift in position title. Traditionally carrying a director-level title, these positions are moving to the Vice President level in an effort to recruit RCM leaders better positioned to positively influence the organization’s overall financial and market success.

Though I still see…



3 Ways a CDO Can Help a Hospital Workforce

By Oliver Tomlin

We are living in a world of diverse backgrounds, opinions, beliefs and values. The workplace is no exception. Traditionally, it has been the job of human resources executives to maintain a safe and respectful workplace for all employees and ensure diversity and inclusion. However, it is becoming clear that executives with specialized training are more adept at improving workplace relations among different types of people,…



Why Healthcare CEOs Make Sense for Corporate Boards

By Jena Abernathy

Corporate boards are more diversified than ever. As someone who works extensively in recruiting for board leadership, I would like to offer an additional perspective on this trend – ideas that I explored in a  recent article for Directors & Boards highlighting some untapped (some may say “unlikely”) resources for corporate boards. My advice for finding a new and valuable source of for-profit board…



Make Way for the Chief Behavioral Health Officer

By James U. King, III

“Keeping a population healthy means keeping them healthy physically, mentally and, frankly, socially,” former AHA president Rich Umbdenstock has written. I think that’s a keen observation, and AHA is part of a movement to ensure better integration of physical and mental health care within communities as a means of fostering society’s overall wellness.

From the provider perspective, there is a clear connection between…



Survey: The Healthcare CNIO Role Gains Respect

By Chris Wierz, Co-Leader, IT Practice

We at Witt/Kieffer have been tracking the role of the chief nursing informatics officer as it has risen to prominence over the past decade. Our industry wide survey in 2011 painted a picture of a position that was just gaining traction, and respect, in hospitals and health systems. The CNIO was increasingly viewed as a critical role in promoting nursing strategy…