9 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

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. How great leaders solve talent shortages
When I work with leaders, a topic that often comes up is the talent shortage. They tell me, "Cy, it's so hard to find great talent." We talk about hiring accountable talent that's engaged, that drives for results and strives to maintain a low drama workplace.

2. ACA repeal, change management and leading through uncertainty: 5 questions with Dr. Richard Afable, president & CEO of St. Joseph Hoag Health
The only consistent thing about the healthcare industry today is that change is constant. As health systems navigate evolving reimbursement models, workforce training and the uncertain fate of healthcare reform, leaders must maintain the ability to engage and inspire their workforces.

3. Mayo Clinic CEO: Medicare, Medicaid patients get same care as business leaders
Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy, MD, provided clarification on the health system's admission practices during a speech at an Economic Club of Minnesota event on March 22.

4. Word from the C-suite: 'Show employees how they contribute to the bigger picture'
Employee engagement presents a continued challenge in the healthcare industry and is exacerbated by generational divisions within its workforce.Michael Dowling, president and CEO of New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health, commented on the differences between baby boomers, Gen-Xers and millennials and how each group contributes to an organization's overall goals.

5. Why healthcare needs inspirational leaders and how to become one
"If it's to be, it's up to me." That is the philosophy that has guided Dan Nielsen, founder, CEO and publisher of America's Healthcare Leaders, throughout his professional career. A quintessential self-starter, Mr. Nielsen left his home in Western Nebraska the night of his high school graduation with just $35 in his pocket.

6. Word from the C-suite: 'We must continue to innovate' amid potential changes to US healthcare
Johnson & Johnson Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky said he believes pharmaceutical, medical technology and healthcare companies should continue to emphasize innovation amid challenges that may arise from potential changes to the ACA.

7. Why use interim healthcare leaders?
The resignation of a vice president, department director, or even unit manager leads to the consideration of appointing an interim to immediately fill the vacancy. Determining where an interim is critical, why an appointment is imperative, and who should serve as an interim are all important factors in deciding to go outside the organization and seek professional interim leadership.

8. Dr. Anthony Tersigni: Collaboration and value are keys to reimagining care
In the United States, healthcare leaders and providers recognize that a gap still exists between the promise of consistently delivered personalized, coordinated care and the current patient experience. This understanding has challenged healthcare providers to reimagine the way we deliver care as we evolve from fee-for-service toward fee-for-value. Healthcare leaders must develop new muscle memory as we unite to achieve better, more affordable and more accessible healthcare.

9. The corner office: OSF HealthCare CSO Michelle Conger on enhancing the humanity in health system strategy
As health systems increasingly embrace value-based payment models and population health, many have identified a need to create new organizational strategies to propel them in the right direction. According to Michelle Conger, chief strategy officer at Peoria, Ill.-based OSF Healthcare System, few healthcare leadership opportunities are more rewarding then helping design a health system's future.

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