12 must-reads for healthcare leaders

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

The following leadership articles were published by Becker's Hospital Review in the last week.

1. 5 reflections on next generation leadership with Carolinas HealthCare System's Chief of Staff Debra Plousha Moore
A new class of leaders is set to succeed their baby boomer predecessors, and these up-and-comers will manage a very different type of health system due to the rapid development of new ideas, policies and technologies, according to Debra Plousha Moore, system chief of staff and executive vice president at Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System.

2. Trend: Making the CEO part of your hospital's brand
Restructuring a hospital's business model amidst regulatory uncertainty is stressful. But it also presents a great opportunity for healthcare organizations to redefine their message. Reaching out to patients as individuals is valuable for building trust between providers and patients, especially as consumers ask for more healthcare experiences tailored to their preferences and values.

3. 16 phrases CEOs never want to hear
Honesty and candor are traits CEOs usually appreciate in their colleagues and staff. However, some things are better left unsaid.

4. Can a massive hospital learn from a lean startup?
Have you recently asked your executive team to become more innovative, consumer-centric and agile, only to be met with uncomprehending stares? The "lean startup" methodology may be a way to rally the troops.

5. 11 health system CEOs name their greatest talent outside of the C-suite
Hospital and health system CEOs are charged with a myriad of responsibilities, many of which keep them tied to their desks and phones throughout the day. But these leaders possess a diverse range of skills outside of the C-suite doors, too.

6. Carilion Clinic CEO Nancy Howell Agee on healthcare reform: Hospitals in 'problematic' 'state of uncertainty'
The uncertain future of healthcare reform unnerves hospital leaders and threatens the health of their bottom lines, Carilion Clinic President and CEO Nancy Howell Agee told The Roanoke Times.

7. 17 things to know about hospital outpatient services & HOPDs
Physicians and surgeons are able to perform more procedures in outpatient settings today than ever before due to technological advancements and new pain management techniques. The focus on value-based healthcare has also encouraged the move from inpatient to outpatient settings for appropriate procedures because there is a reduced risk of infection at outpatient facilities and the overall cost of care is lower.

8. 5 things to know before becoming a healthcare consultant
Considering a switch from industry to consulting? Here are five things to know about the healthcare consulting field, based on a career guide from Washington, D.C.-based George Washington University's Milken Institute School of Public Health.

9. Four strategies that can help health systems succeed now — no matter what happens in Washington, D.C.
Uncertainty is in the air for hospitals and health systems across the U.S., as policymakers grapple with how to make the journey from Obamacare to Trumpcare.

10. The Trumpcare dilemma: Delivering growth during uncertainty
Given the uncertainty and financial pressures hospitals face, leadership must invest in resources that are going to drive massive returns — regardless of changes that may come down the line.

11. CEOs pursue more acquisitions when they don't win awards
When CEOs lose out on awards from business media outlets, they up their game by seeking out more and/or larger acquisitions, according to a recent study featured by Harvard Business Review.

12. The 11-step guide to a failing hospital
Someone recently asked me, "Why do hospitals fail?" While this question is nearly impossible to answer in general terms, the dear Tip O'Neill [former Speaker of the House from 1977-1987] was mostly correct when he stated, "All politics is local." The same goes for healthcare.

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