Management

Employee Volunteer Programs

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  A number of employers are now combining “getting” and “giving” by offering employee volunteer programs (EVPs); in fact, in March of 2016, more than half of the companies on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to …

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Value Based Care & Population Health

Hospitals & Health Networks recently published an insightful article from John Kitzhaber, MD, a physician and former governor of Oregon, in which he addressed four forces he sees as shaping the future of hospitals and health systems:  “the skyrocketing price of medical devices and pharmaceuticals”; “consolidation of the insurance industry,” which has given insurers more …

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Electing New Board Members

After completing the nomination process for a board candidate, elections can take place via ballot or voice vote (which is known as viva voce).  Although voice votes are faster than ballot votes, they do have their drawbacks – because the votes take place in order of nomination, this may lend a sense of “favoritism,” while …

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Cyber Security and Healthcare Organizations

In February of this year, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles fell victim to a ransomware attack. Ransomware was used to lock Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s electronic health records and other software, demanding a “ransom” of $17,000 to provide the key that would unlock it.  An internal emergency was declared, as emergency room systems were impacted, along with …

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Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission, Vision, and Values Jenette Nagy and Stephen B. Fawcett of the University of Kansas suggest in a document prepared for the school’s online Community Toolbox that the difference between organizations that “know exactly what they’re doing, are consistent in their aims and activities, and move forward with a sense of purpose” and those that …

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