5 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

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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 questions with outgoing AtlantiCare CEO David Tilton
After 29 years of service at Egg Harbor Township, N.J.-based AtlantiCare, a member of Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger Health System, President and CEO David P. Tilton retired June 30. Mr. Tilton recently shared his "retirement" plans with Becker's Hospital Review.

2. 4 tips for successful implementation of 'best practices' across unlike cultures
When it comes to standardizing care delivery within a hospital or across a large health system, leaders often turn to "best practices" to guide the way. Identifying and developing agreed upon processes and rules seem to offer a promising path to regularity, but there is one major flaw to this system that many leaders fail to account for.

3. 5 reasons your physician champion will fail
"Physician champions" — physician leaders who coordinate improvement efforts between fellow clinicians and administrative staff — are increasingly called upon to address the issue of physician "alignment." But many physician champions fail — though often to no fault of their own. Physician champions who fall short of the expectations imposed upon them are often not set up for success by their organizations.

4. 6 healthcare companies named among 50 most civic-minded in US
Each year, Points of Light — a nonprofit organization — honors The Civic 50, a group of the 50 most community-minded companies in the U.S.

5. Seeing your hospital's performance
In biomedical research we often say "if you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything." As many in leadership are learning, the complex nature of statistics can be used to obfuscate the truth.

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