A 12-Step Guide for Aspiring Healthcare Executives

During our monthly audio conference, Dr. Deborah Shlian spoke on women in medicine and management. summarizing two stories from her recently updated book, Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management.  Based on twenty-four success stories, she offered a 12-step guide for aspiring healthcare executives: Passion: from knowing what anchors them and brings them satisfaction and […]

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Why I Love What I Do

  The Medical Staff President of a community hospital in New England told me, “For our Annual Medical Staff Meeting, we want you to speak on the impact of physician behavior on quality and safety. Spouses will be there. Please keep it light and entertaining.” My mission was clear: convey that patient safety was intertwined […]

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Collaborative Progress

Today’s post on Collaborative Progress is a tribute to Christine Candio, who spoke on “Change is Upon Us: Are You Ready?” at today’s audio conference for aspiring healthcare executives.  She highlighted the role of leaders who, despite uncertainty: engage and motivate others generate transparency and trust take meaningful action in support of change I found her answers […]

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Collaborative Sculpting

I apologize for allowing 6 weeks to elapse between posts. To paraphrase St. Bernard of Clairvaux, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I experienced a hectic June that began with a luncheon in Buffalo, NY, celebrating my 87 year-old mother’s service to over 15 philanthropic organizations and culminated with the sale of the […]

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Collaborative Stepping Stones

I chose the title “Collaborative Stepping Stones” based on an excellent article by Molly Gamble in which Dr. Marc Bard said: Anyone looking at the ACO and saying that it will or won’t be the end-game for healthcare is missing the point.  It’s an evolutionary stepping stone in building a system of care. Marc wrote  Accountable Care Organizations: […]

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The Meaning of Alignment to Practicing Physicians

I thank my strategic partner, Susan Douglass, who is an expert in using compensation to facilitate alignment of goals and behaviors and wrote the white paper, “Becoming The Physician’s Organization of Choice” Susan invited me to accompany her on an assessment of a US hospital to help them define the meaning of alignment to practicing physicians. According to […]

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Collaborative Playbook

I felt honored to give three presentations at the annual meeting of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) last week.  My titles included The Playbook for Partnering with Hospitals in an Era of Outcomes-Based Payment Reform, Past, Present, and Future Challenges of Healthcare Reform, and 21st Century Healthcare Economics.   I entitled this post […]

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