September 2008 Issue of Becker's Hospital Review

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24 Hospital Leaders to Know; Minimal to Maximum Integration Models; Hospital Leader Shares Insight on Current State of Hospitals and Health Care; 10 Ways to Improve Your Hospital’s Orthopedic Program; Letter from the Editor: Five Evolving Trends for Health Systems; Hospital Physician Specialists: To Hire or Not to Hire; Recapturing and Growing Your GI Business

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24 Hospital Leaders to Know
1. Jack Bovender, Jr. – Jack Bovender, Jr. is the chairman and CEO of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). He assumed this role in January 2002. Prior to this position, Jack served as HCA’s executive vice president and COO for about ten years, and was division president of HCA’s Atlanta division and president of HCA’s Eastern Group Operations. Prior to joining HCA, Jack served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, as CEO of Medical Center Hospital in Largo, Fla., and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, both owned at the time by HCA.
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Minimal to Maximum Integration Models
This short article briefly outlines several methods by which hospitals attempt to align interests with physicians. Certain of these options may be useful for different types of projects. Further, depending on whether pursing an imaging venture, an ASC venture, a nuclear camera venture, a cardiac cath venture, or other type of venture, certain of the models may be more or less useful. Briefly stated, the core models are as follows:
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Hospital Leader Shares Insight on Current State of Hospitals and Health Care
In just eight years, BayCare Clinic has become an extremely profitable, high-quality, physician-owned organization serving the Green Bay, Wis., community. The chief medical officer for BayCare is Paul Summerside, MD, FAAEM, who also serves as the president of the board of managers for Aurora BayCare Medical Center, also located in Green Bay.
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10 Ways to Improve Your Hospital’s Orthopedic Program
As acute care hospitals face growing competition, protecting their orthopedic surgery departments becomes increasingly valuable. Not-for-profit acute care hospitals depend on that revenue to subsidize moneylosing services and attract new patients. Reimbursements from public and private insurers for orthopedic surgery remain high.
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Letter from the Editor: Five Evolving Trends for Health Systems
Five Evolving Trends for Health Systems; Uwe Reinhardt to Keynote 15th Annual Ambulatory Surgery Center Conference
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Hospital Physician Specialists: To Hire or Not to Hire
Hospital hiring of physician specialists ebbs and flows, driven by reimbursement climates.
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Recapturing and Growing Your GI Business
Hospitals have endured an undeniable decline within their GI outpatient procedural volume in the past 10-plus years as physicians sought alternate settings to perform their cases. This migration of GI procedures from HOPDs to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and GI professional practice settings typically results in a dramatic decline in the overall GI service line market share once enjoyed by local hospitals. In addition, the loss of these outpatient procedures has a ripple effect within the hospital delivery system— numerous other ancillary services traditionally provided by the hospital, such as pathology and radiology, frequently disappear as physicians select alternative providers when their historical referral pattern (and loyalty) to the hospital is loosened. .
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