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Strategic planning communication
Sun, 20 Nov 2016 04:57:08 Z
When it comes to strategic planning, there is no doubt that it is vital to the success of any organization. In my experience only the top leaders are aware of the meaning behind the strategic plans and there is often a struggle to get the message to lower level employees. Developing the plan is great and assists with decision making for the senior leaders, but without proper communication to all e...

We Care Too
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:57:20 Z
I work for a military organization, and quality of care is one area that needs continued focus because military hospitals trail civilian hospitals in many benchmarks. While we do utilize quality measures like HEDIS and focus on the areas that most reflect the needs of our military beneficiary and retiree population, e.g.: cancer screenings: breast, cervical, colorectal; preventive health: chlamydi...

Finance review
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 05:50:06 Z
We have a robust financial department and systems that deliver financial documents to us. I review and rely heavily on these to make operational and strategic decisions. Sometimes the data requires editing and follow up since those creating it may not know day to day details of my department's business. This mostly blinds me to the details, formulas and application of accou...

They Say Practice Makes Perfect
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:07:06 Z
I love Gilmartin and D’Aunno’s seven areas for effective leadership: (1) interpersonal relationships, (2) communication, (3) finance and business acumen, (4) clinical knowledge, (5) collaboration and team building, (6) change management, and (7) quality improvement. It is pointed out “that three of the seven competencies listed by Gilmartin and D’Aunno are knowledge based &...

Ethical issues can be devastating for HCO...
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:12:29 Z
Ethical issues can be devastating for the healthcare organization. I believe accountability starts with the HCO board and should be reflected in their day-to-day actions to remind the health care leaders and managers that ethical practices are everyone’s responsibility and more so in this era of production pressures on physicians and advanced practice providers. 

Universal health record
Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:05:29 Z
We know that a universal electronic health record can reduce the overall cost of delivery of healthcare in our country by eliminating the waste especially associated with duplication of services. A well designed bipartisan health care bill can have a great impact on this issue but various interest groups and lobbyists have economic interest in not letting that happen. This topic made me realize th...