Can Today’s Healthcare CFO Be a Fully Engaged Leader?

Guest post by Anne Siders-Robinson, Senior Associate

Today’s environment of reform, cost reduction, and creative strategies for long-term growth and viability is spawning the need for an entirely new type of healthcare CFO—one with multifaceted expertise who is much higher in the organizational pecking order than in the past.

For example, under the terms of the Affordable Care Act, reimbursement structures and revenue streams are shifting, requiring hospital CFOs to

Healthcare Legal Executives: Stepping Up

Times are good for healthcare legal executives—at least as far as the job market is concerned. As senior associate Werner Boel recently told Andrea Santiago of About.com’s Health Careers, hospitals and health systems are beefing up their legal teams to deal with healthcare reform as well as ongoing issues such as physician integration, mergers and acquisitions, and complex legislation.

Boel also spoke recently with Molly Gamble of Becker’s Hospital Review about the



The Growth and Challenges of Today’s Healthcare Chief Quality Officer

Guest post by Michael R. Raddatz, Jr., Associate

The American Medical Group Association recently formalized its definition of a high-performing health system, and one of the six benchmark elements that AMGA cites is “quality measurement and improvement activities.” These activities include preventive care and chronic disease management, ongoing patient outreach programs, continuous learning, applied data analytics, transparent reporting, and more. Successfully done, they allow…



Career Resolution for 2013: Make Yourself Indispensable

Prevailing wisdom for up-and-coming executives and aspiring leaders says that if you want to get ahead, you need to move around—from job to job, company to company. Experience different work cultures, colleagues, and organizational types, experts say. No one stays put anymore. Loyalty is passé.

That may be changing, writes Meghan Casserly of Forbes. The pendulum may be swinging back in favor of those leaders who, rather than striving to make themselves marketable to other organizations, make themselves indispensable to…



10 Habits of Highly Effective Healthcare CEOs

There’s no such thing as a typical hospital or health system CEO. Shrewd observers, however, note that there are habits that successful healthcare CEOs share no matter the size or shape of their organizations. These habits, they say, can serve as core traits for up-and-coming leaders to emulate.

Witt/Kieffer Vice Chairman Andrew Chastain recently spoke with Molly Gamble of Becker’s Hospital Review about key attributes that…



Kim Smith: Obama’s Re-election Signals the End of Fence-Sitting on ACOs

U.S. healthcare reform is bigger than any one presidential election, and the rise of Accountable Care Organizations is a trend whose momentum would have continued regardless of which political party occupies the White House. Nevertheless, says Witt/Kieffer’s Kimberly Smith, senior vice president and managing co-director of the company’s Eastern Region healthcare practice, last night’s re-election of President Obama brings a more certain path for healthcare executives striding towards the future.



Where Will Your CEO Be in Three Years?

Last month, Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson announced that he would be retiring—effective December 2013. The fact that he has announced his retirement more than a year in advance of the actual date of departure is significant. How many healthcare organizations have the luxury of 14 months to find and transition in a new CEO? For all major strategic planning—a category CEO succession planning certainly falls under—Halvorson advises fellow CEOs to look…



Wardell: Ford, Citigroup Exemplify the Need for Succession Planning

As Ford Motor’s board met last week to deliberate over the company’s future, a key item on the agenda was succession planning—namely, how long should current CEO Alan Mulally stay on, and how should the company transition to a successor. Mulally has made it known in no uncertain terms that he’s not ready to retire. “Please, don’t write me off just yet,” he told reporters recently. “I mean, I love it here.”

What may seem like a conundrum for Ford…



In Life Sciences Partnerships, Will a New Type of Leader Emerge?

In the life sciences, the era of monolithic, self-reliant Big Pharma corporations is fading. To boost efficiencies and quality, companies are shrinking operations down to fundamental core competencies while relying on outsourcing and assorted creative collaborations to fulfill “non-core” needs.

Nowhere is partnering more prevalent and necessary than between drug makers and academia. At places like Pfizer, drug development budgets and teams have been slashed. Pharma and academic medical centers “need each other as never before, driven to collaborate by…



Becoming a Physician Executive: Suggestions for Taking the Natural Next Step

Guest post by Jason Petros, Associate, Witt/Kieffer

Within healthcare, the demand for physician leaders continues to trend upward. Physician executive jobs are plentiful, and yet despite this high demand there is a small pool of physician leaders with the experience and skills required to succeed in various executive positions. A vacuum waits to be filled by doctors who can develop the appropriate characteristics and resume to thrive in this environment.

The good news is that the leap that physicians must take…