8 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. Hospital, health system CEOs share their memorable reads
The busy lives of hospital and health system CEOs are full of time constraints. Therefore, when these leaders do find the time to sit down and read, a discerning choice is key. In 2016, four CEOs told Becker's Hospital Review about the last memorable thing they read.

2. As health systems take on more risk, how does executive recruiting change? 4 thoughts
The growing momentum behind the transition from volume- to value-based healthcare has put certain leadership traits and competencies in greater demand for executives to successfully guide their organizations forward.

3. Going on vacation? 4 keys to make it truly restorative
The idea that a long, leisurely vacation is required to fully recover from the stress and demands of work is precisely the notion that prevents so many from taking time off. The idea of being out of the office for a week or more and the daunting task of making up missed work is more stressful than never leaving, according to an article on Ideas.Ted.com.

4. Viewpoint: 3 reasons the best hospitals are led by physicians
Healthcare organizations need extraordinary leaders to guide them through the complex regulatory, technological and consumer challenges that characterize the healthcare industry today. While physicians have not always been viewed as qualified to serve as healthcare CEOs, this is changing, according to an op-ed published in the Harvard Business Review.

5. 4 paradoxes of healthcare ratings, rankings and data on the web
Few consumers trust the internet for health information and few are aware they can exercise choice in picking a surgeon or hospital, according to results from CMS-commissioned surveys and focus groups.

6. Viewpoint: How Aya Healthcare's CEO defines leadership
The CEO of San Diego-based Aya Healthcare — a provider of staffing for travel nurses in the U.S. — said leadership is about developing other people on a company's path from one point to another, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

7. 6 reasons why health system innovation fails
Today, health systems require an increased focus on innovation to achieve their strategic goals. With major forces of change at play — including consumerism, retail healthcare, risk-shifting, new entrants, and uncertainty resulting from a new administration — hospitals and other providers have begun evaluating new business models, diversifying their business, and searching for new revenue streams to stay relevant and competitive in their markets.

8. Hospital for Special Surgery CEO Louis Shapiro on going global, healthcare consolidation and more
Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is the nation's oldest orthopedic hospital and the No. 1 orthopedic hospital in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings. In November, the hospital announced the launch of its global initiative, which seeks to spread its decades of knowledge and expertise in the musculoskeletal specialty to provider organizations across the world.

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