An Epic go-live, the opioid crisis and more: Mass General's CNO weighs in

Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, is the CNO and senior vice president of patient care services at Boston's Massachusetts General Hospital — one of the founding hospitals of Partner's HealthCare. Mass General has been on the front lines of many of the contemporary challenges facing healthcare today. The hospital recently went live on its Epic EHR and is currently dealing with a serious influx of patients overdosing on opioids. In the midst of these challenges, Mass General and its nursing staff continue to excel.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Republicans unveil healthcare bill maintaining parts of ACA

Two Republican lawmakers have departed from their party's core goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act by putting forward a bill that maintains parts of the health reform law, according to The Hill.  By Ayla Ellison -

4 tips for how to follow through on your goals

Execution — or the ability to complete tasks and objectives — is key to success. Not only does the ability to follow through please your boss, but it also will likely aid you in future career advancement opportunities. By Erin Marshall -

ACHE's Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program now accepting applications

The American College of Healthcare Executives is now accepting applications to its Thomas C. Dolan Executive Diversity Program, which supports diversity and inclusion in senior healthcare leadership. Six scholars will gain positions with the EDP. By Tamara Rosin -

Condoleezza Rice to speak to nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals at upcoming conference

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, PhD, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Press Ganey's 2016 National Client Conference this November in Orlando, Fla., an event that is attended by nearly 3,000 healthcare professionals from across the care continuum.  By Shannon Barnet -

How workplace democracy helps this organization thrive

What if physicians, nurses and other staff elected the leaders of their hospital?  By Emily Rappleye -

VA director: 'I have to compete with other medical systems'

VA Secretary Bob McDonald at a press meeting Monday said his organization is more similar to the private sector than other federal agencies, according to a report from Federal News Radio.    By Emily Rappleye -

Why public opinion on health is so fickle

Polls gauging public sentiment on healthcare policies seem to shift week by week — or even question by question within the same survey. This poll from Gallup shows 51 percent of Americans favor repealing the Affordable Care Act, but 49 percent oppose keeping the ACA in place.  By Emily Rappleye -

Why Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong invested $70.5 million in Tribune Publishing

Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD, founder of health technology development company NantWorks, appears to be an unlikely candidate to become the second largest shareholder in Tribune Publishing, the company that owns prominent newspapers including The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, but that's what happened when he purchased $70.5 million in shares in the company. By Akanksha Jayanthi -

Ariz. hospital lays off 11, outsources coding needs

Kingman (Ariz.) RegionalMedicalCenter has laid off 11 employees in its medical coding department after hiring a third-party to manage coding services, reports Daily Miner. By Brooke Murphy -

Which political candidate do Facebook employees donate the most to?

The media has been far from short on coverage of Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg as of late, according to CNBC. By Erin Marshall -

6 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Culture. Productivity. Strategy. Execution. These ideas will never go out of style for hospital and health system leaders.  By Tamara Rosin -

Those who grow up rich make more narcissistic leaders, study finds

Your parents' income has more of an effect on your leadership than you may know, according to the Harvard Business Review. By Erin Marshall -

Explore the Space: Dr. Mark Shapiro on expanding the healthcare conversation through podcasting

Ultramarathons, generation gaps, managing change and Navy SEAL-style tactics for being a better leader — not topics one might expect to delve into everyday as a physician or healthcare professional. However, these and other varied subject are typical conversation starters on Explore the Space, a podcast dedicated to navigating important issues in healthcare and examining how they relate to other challenges, rewards and curiosities in life, hosted by Mark Shapiro, MD, a San Diego-based internist. By Max Green -

Warren Buffett's secret to happiness might upset some physicians

Warren Buffett, 85, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, says the prospect of him switching from soda to water and vegetables is unlikely. The happiness he gets from drinking Coca-Cola, of which Berkshire Hathaway is the largest investor, outweighs the health benefits of a junk food-free diet, according to Bloomberg. By Tamara Rosin -

Week in review: 13 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 -

How to maximize orthopedic bundled payments: Key thoughts for CJR hospitals

Alternative payment models and bundled payments are becoming more common for orthopedic procedures, especially after Medicare launched CJR last month. Some hospitals are ahead of the curve while others are scrambling to fit into value-based care. By Laura Dyrda -

Acadia Healthcare adds former BCBS of Tennessee CEO to board of directors

Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare appointed Vicky Gregg to its board of directors. By Erin Marshall -

HealthTrust recognized as healthcare "Champion for Change" by Practice Greenhealth

HealthTrust was selected for the seventh time as a recipient of a “Champion for Change” award from Practice Greenhealth.  By Staff -

Committee raises cost analysis of Bernie Sanders health program

A bipartisan policy organization increased its cost analysis of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), now estimating the proposals will add $19 trillion to the federal debt.  By Emily Rappleye -

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