8 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Last week, readers gravitated to articles on recruiting and retaining qualified leaders, how to enhance organizational trust and why medical schools are devoting more resources to teaching "soft skills."

Find those stories and more here.

1. 37% of Americans are confident in medical system, Gallup survey finds
A new Gallup poll found only 37 percent of Americans are confident in the country's medical system.

2. Viewpoint: GOP fatally hooked on Medicaid expansion
Republicans are struggling to come to a consensus on healthcare because of a political maneuver from the other side of the aisle, wrote Daniel Henninger, The Wall Street Journal's deputy editor of the editorial page, in an op-ed.

3. 5 ways to cultivate a culture of trust
Trust is an essential factor in an organization's overall success. But many workers say they do not feel trusted by their leaders, and when that's the case, productivity and engagement can suffer, according to the Harvard Business Review.

4. 5 questions with Mike Supple, executive vice president at B.E. Smith
Numerous forces — including regulatory requirements, changing policies and heightened standards for clinical quality and outcomes — are driving the evolution of the hospital business. As healthcare delivery becomes increasingly complex, the need to attract and retain the most qualified leaders has never been more pertinent. Here, Mike Supple, executive vice president at B.E. Smith, took the time to answer Becker's five questions on the biggest challenges when it comes to recruiting leaders, and exactly what it is top-tier talent is looking for in an employer.

5. Anatomy, biochemistry and leadership: Why medical schools are spending more time on 'soft skills'
Although leadership and collaboration are some of the most important skills for physicians, they are rarely emphasized in formal medical education, which is what educators such as Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, are trying to change, according to AMA Wire.

6. The benefits of positive feedback from a manager
Though 37 percent of managers surveyed by leadership consulting firm Zenger/Folkman say they do not give positive reinforcement, surveys of employees show this kind of feedback is vital to constructive relationships with managers, according to Harvard Business Review.

7. The case for simplification: How hospitals can get clinicians back to the bedside
Tasked with the need to comply with a vast body of changing regulations and the ever-shifting payer requirements for maximum reimbursement, hospitals have implemented a heavy load of clinical and operational policies in the name of compliance. As a result, clinicians are burdened with an enormous number of administrative tasks. These expectations, however well intended, actually place healthcare organizations at greater regulatory risk, reduce physician, nurse and patient satisfaction and negatively impact quality and safety.

8. 6 key tips to manage star employees
While many believe that a hands-off approach is the best way to allow a star employee to thrive, Harvard Business Review has put together six tips for best managing high-achieving workers.

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