12 Most-Read Hospital Management Stories of 2012

The following stories pertain to hospital management, leadership and strategy. All were published within the past year and were among some of the most-read stories on Becker's Hospital Review.

1. 10 Ideas That Hospital CEOs Need to Ditch
Current hospital and health system CEOs comment on 10 ideas that leaders need to cast aside and how they embody "new school" ways of being "reasonable" and progressive within their respective organizations.

2. 5 Hospital and Health System CEOs: What Top Performance Looks Like to Me
To help clarify what "top performance" looks like in healthcare, five hospital and health system CEOs from around the country deconstructed the term into five realms: clinical quality, finance, patient satisfaction, employee and physician morale, and leadership.

3. The Future of the American Hospital: Role and Relevancy in the Next Decade
Healthcare and economic experts have some sophisticated thoughts on how American hospitals could transform in the next decade. Will hospitals remain the cornerstones of community healthcare? How will alternative care settings affect the relevance of hospitals?

4. 10 Questions Every Hospital Should Ask Employees
A new 10-question test allows hospitals to gauge how their employees see the company, as well as how they measure up to their competitors.

5. 12 Key Issues Hospitals Will Face in 2013
From payor-provider consolidation to the physician shortage to accountable care organizations, Scott Becker, JD, CPA, a partner at McGuireWoods in Chicago and publisher of Becker's Hospital Review, analyzed 12 issues facing hospitals in the year ahead.

6. 6 Characteristics of High-Performing Healthcare Organizations
According to a Studer Group survey, six specific characteristics of healthcare organizations were correlated with a positive effect on HCAHPS results.

7. Has Healthcare Reform Brought the End to Hospital Systems?
Many healthcare providers don't want to be known as "hospital systems" anymore. Some hospitals and health systems are taking reform into their own hands by redefining their brand, mission and business strategies to better reflect the contemporary broader values of healthcare reform.

8. 10 Pillars of Success for Top Healthcare Workplaces
While tangible benefits, such as health insurance and compensation, are important to employee satisfaction, what may be more important are intangible benefits, such as respect and recognition.

9. Is Your Hospital Sustainable? 8 Questions to Ask
These eight factors are critical signs of whether a hospital will go bankrupt or be sold.

10. What Can Healthcare Learn From Other Industries? 5 Lessons
Healthcare is borrowing lessons and business models conceived and implemented within other industries: hotels, automakers, media, retailers, service providers and financial institutions. As disparate as these fields may be from healthcare, they share the oldest and most basic economic concept: supply and demand.

11. Is the Community Hospital a Dying Model or is it the Future of Healthcare?
Here, several community hospital leaders discuss the biggest challenges they face and what they have to do to thrive in the new era of healthcare.

12. 4 Tips for Better Communication From the Hospital C-Suite
Strengthening a CEO's communication with hospital employees may be easier said than done for many management teams. Here are four tips to strengthen the connection between hospital CEOs and employees.

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4 Key Measurement Principles for Meeting Triple Aim of Healthcare Reform
5 Ways Population Health is Transforming Hospital Strategy

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