A dozen years ago, Ronny Jackson, MD, was leading a small team of physicians in Iraq, handling surgical shock trauma in the third year of the war. This week, Jackson could be a few hearings away from becoming the Secretary of Veterans Affairs—and assuming control of an organization that looks after some 3.5 million individuals.
Apr 20, 2018 | Quality
The latest sentinel event alert from the Joint Commission said healthcare workers and organizations need to do better on reporting—and preventing—workplace violence, including verbal abuse that physicians and nurses too often too often dismiss as “part of the job.”
Apr 18, 2018 | Policy
Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, MD, said he was pushed out of his position because he opposed privatizing veterans’ healthcare. The nominee to replace him, White House physician Ronny Jackson, MD, has been promising Democratic senators that he’s also against privatization of the VA.
Apr 17, 2018 | Policy
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has published a list of recommendations aimed at ending gender disparities in medicine for compensation and career advancement, as well as calling on healthcare organizations to provide a minimum of six weeks paid leave for physicians, residents and medical students.
Apr 16, 2018 | Leadership
HHS Secretary Alex Azar was admitted to a hospital due to a ‘minor infection,’ the agency told reporters in a Sunday night press release. The statement only said Azar received intravenous antibiotics and “has been admitted to a hospital for observation.” It didn’t address where he was hospitalized or how long he had shown symptoms.
Apr 13, 2018 | Care Delivery
At first, the 2013 Boston Marathon was going more smoothly for hospitals in and around downtown Boston compared to the prior year’s event, when a heat wave meant more runners needed medical attention. David Reisman, MHA, senior administrative director of emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, admitted he had begun to think it would be an easy day.
Apr 12, 2018 | Quality
Johnny Delashaw, MD, the former chief of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI), is suing the Seattle Times over what he alleges was a “false and defamatory” investigative article that damaged his reputation and led to his resignation and the suspension of his medical license.
Apr 11, 2018 | Care Delivery
What will keep early career physicians from leaving a hospital or health system may differ between men and women, according to a survey from CompHealth. Regardless of gender, most physicians said they’re finding jobs the old-fashioned way: referrals and networking.
Apr 10, 2018 | Leadership
Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia, Georgia, serves a “very rural” area, according to president and CEO Alan Kent, DHA, just the kind of facility that has often been scooped up by larger systems in recent years. Staying independent meant the hospital needed to drive through a series of management-led initiatives on quality, patient growth and staffing levels.
Apr 10, 2018 | Care Delivery
In a survey of 232 chief nursing officers (CNOs) by AMN Healthcare, the vast majority said they’re experiencing at least a moderate shortage of nurses at their organizations—and 61 percent expected it would only get worse in the next five years.
Apr 06, 2018 | Leadership
In an email to CMS staff, agency administrator Seema Verma announced Adam Boehler, CEO of home-based care startup Landmark Health, has been named the new head of the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation (CMMI).
Apr 05, 2018 | Leadership
In a freewheeling question-and-answer session at the ACHE Congress in Chicago, Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush made some bold statements about where electronic health records are heading and why virtualization should trump other healthcare priorities.
Mar 30, 2018 | Quality
In a presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress, Joint Commission president and CEO Mark Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, made the case that creating a high-reliability organization with zero incidents of patient harm shouldn’t be seen as an abstract, aspirational goal.
Mar 29, 2018 | Leadership
President Donald Trump announced long-embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin will be replaced by White House physician Ronny L. Jackson, MD.
Mar 28, 2018 | Leadership
The debate over the future of healthcare in the U.S. is really a discussion about inequity, according to America’s Essential Hospitals president and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, saying disparities will still need to be addressed even if the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion remain in place.
Mar 27, 2018 | Leadership
Two top executives from the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. emphasized that developing new leaders isn’t the responsibility of the human resources department, but a system-wide necessity in their presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress in Chicago.
Mar 27, 2018 | Leadership
Reports from Monday, March 26, state former Cleveland Clinic CEO Tony Cosgrove is a leading figure to replace embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, should be he ousted in the near future.
Mar 26, 2018 | Leadership
For-profit hospital operator Tenet Healthcare has reached an agreement with its largest shareholder, Glenview Capital Management, to make several changes to its bylaws, ending a months-long battle over governance of the struggling company.
Mar 22, 2018 | Leadership
Robert Redfield, MD, has been named the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But before his appointment, a top Senate Democrat said complaints about his past work as an HIV/AIDS researcher would make him an unsuitable public health leader.
Mar 21, 2018 | Leadership
Christopher Dawes, MBA, announced he’ll be retiring as president and CEO of both Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California, saying health concerns led him to leave the post immediately.
Mar 16, 2018 | Health IT
The new push for easier patient access to their health data from CMS will require some work on the part of the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), with the agency’s leaders not being shy about supporting its patient-centric goals in a briefing with reporters at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas.