Americans wasted 658 million vacation days in 2015, a new record

American workers took 16.2 vacation days in 2015, up slightly from 16 days the prior year. However, workers used a smaller share of vacation time in 2015 compared to 2014, as they were given an additional day (21.9 days on average), according to research from Project: Time Off. By Tamara Rosin -

Stanford to host Cancer Moonshot Summit

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based ValleyCare branch of Stanford Health is hosting a National Cancer Moonshot Summit event on June 29.  By Emily Rappleye -

Week in review: 10 biggest healthcare stories this week

Stay in the know with Becker's Hospital Review's weekly roundup of the nation's biggest healthcare news. Here's what you need to know this week.  By Tamara Rosin -

Why athenahealth's Jonathan Bush isn't voting for Donald Trump

In a speech to Massachusetts Republicans on Tuesday, Jonathan Bush addressed the rise of Donald Trump in the political sphere and his plans to become more politically active, according to a Boston Globe report. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Should CEOs publicize their political opinions?

In one of the most divisive presidential races in recent memory, supporters of both presumptive nominees have taken to social media and other mediums to voice political beliefs. But is publicizing one's political opinion a smart move for CEOs? By Tamara Rosin -

Are you as good of a 'coach' as you think you are? 7 questions to consider

Sports analogies are common among executives, with many considering themselves the head coach in the game — or at least the main cheerleader.  By Tamara Rosin -

Massachusetts Hospital School to take board member's name

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a bill Wednesday to change the name of the Massachusetts Hospital School in Canton to the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, according to the Canton Journal.  By Emily Rappleye -

John McCain is betting against the ACA to drum up Arizona voters

In the eyes of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the Affordable Care Act is a sinking ship — and he hopes to use it as a life raft in the upcoming election.  By Emily Rappleye -

NACVA recognizes Health Capital Consultants CEO as 'Pioneer of the Profession'

Robert James Cimasi, CEO of Health Capital Consultants, has been named a "Pioneer of the Profession" by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts and Consultants Training Institute, according to HCC.  By Kelly Gooch -

Maine Hospital Association welcomes new board chairman: 5 things to know

Chuck Hays, CEO of MaineGeneral Health in Augusta, was installed as chairman of the Maine Hospital Association board of directors June 22.  By Kelly Gooch -

Leadership in crisis: Healthcare workers grow more critical of top management post-reform

The Affordable Care Act has created a myriad of challenges for healthcare leaders. Financial concerns are weighing on the minds of hospital CEOs.  By Patrick Kulesa, Ph.D., Global Director of Employee Survey Research, Willis Towers Watson -

3 latest healthcare layoffs

The following healthcare layoffs were reported by Becker's Hospital Review so far in June. They are listed below, beginning with the most recent.  By Kelly Gooch -

Pharmacist association calls for ban on direct-to-consumer drug ads

The battle healthcare providers and medical associations have waged against pharmaceutical companies for direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertisements does not seem to have an end in sight. At the annual meeting of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists' House of Delegates last week in Baltimore, delegates approved a policy calling on Congress to ban all DTC advertising for prescription drugs and medication-containing devices.  By Tamara Rosin -

Gender pay gap expands at age 32, study finds

Pay disparity between women and men widens around age 32, the same age at which women start to become underrepresented in managerial roles, The Wall Street Journal reported. By Tamara Rosin -

4 tips for effective communication while under pressure

Communicating calmly and effectively under pressure is an integral skill for leaders. The ability to maintain composure, think clearly and make decisions can help keep an organization on track during a crisis, while an inability to do so can make a problem even worse, according to Inc. magazine. By Tamara Rosin -

3 bad work habits productive teams never practice

When it comes to working under pressure, the natural instinct to work at a faster pace and for longer hours is understandable. But working in a frenzied, panicked state will not produce better outcomes. Instead, the opposite will occur, and burn out the team. By Tamara Rosin -

GOP unveils ACA replacement plan: 11 things to know

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Republicans Wednesday unveiled a 37-page healthcare proposal that consolidates the party's ideas to replace the Affordable Care Act.   By Emily Rappleye -

Retiring CEO Bill Thompson reflects on 36 years with SSM Health

William P. Thompson has served as president and CEO of St. Louis-based SSM Health since August 2011, and has been with the health system since 1980. Before stepping into his current role, Mr. Thompson served in various leadership positions at SSM Health, including president and COO and senior vice president of strategic development.  By Kelly Gooch -

Jefferson Health CEO Dr. Stephen Klasko: Be prepared to kick the status quo

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, president and CEO of Philadelphia-based ThomasJeffersonUniversity and Jefferson Health, says the U.S. healthcare system continues to be plagued by some of the same problems it's been facing for the last 30 years, but the next 30 years will mark an era of unequivocal change in the industry, according to LVB.com.  By Tamara Rosin -

Bergen's request for new management attracts team of unexpected allies

Frustrated by a lack of transparency in its operating system and various problems over the last 19 years, Bergen County, N.J., is seeking a new manager for Paramus, N.J.-based Bergen Regional Medical Center. Amid a dozen responses, one unlikely team of healthcare organizations in the area has emerged as a top contender, though its members have recently been divided by a contentious insurance debate, according to NJBIZ. By Tamara Rosin -

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