9 must-reads for healthcare leaders this week

Last week on Becker's leadership channel, readers gravitated to articles about Chuck Lauer, developing metrics for innovation, how to onboard interim healthcare leaders and more.


1. Remembering Chuck Lauer
Chuck Lauer, 86, was a legend in the healthcare arena. He passed away April 30 after a battle with leukemia. It is an understatement to say he will be greatly missed.

2. Chuck Lauer, Rest in Peace: 11 thoughts on a legend
Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's Healthcare, shares his thoughts on the late Chuck Lauer, long-term publisher of Modern Healthcare, legend in the industry and friend to all..

3. Chuck Lauer, in the words of his readers, friends and colleagues
The healthcare industry said goodbye to a giant last week with the passing of Chuck Lauer, 86, former publisher of Modern Healthcare. Here, readers, friends and colleagues share the ways Chuck touched the industry, their work and their lives.

4. HCA to change its name — again
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Holdings board of directors voted in April to rework the company's name, CEO Milton Johnson said on an earnings call May 2.

5. Building the case for innovation — why the right metrics matter
As they brace for the uncertainty surrounding the repeal, replace or repair of the ACA, health systems will reach for a proven set of tools: M&A to create economies of scale, cost reduction to bolster the margin and marketing to secure the dwindling ranks of commercially insured patients.

6. Three critical steps to successfully onboard interim healthcare leaders
Preparation is the key to getting the most out of interim engagements. To properly prepare for an interim's arrival and maximize return on investment, healthcare executives should focus on three key elements of onboarding: on-site orientation and introductions, technological preparation and advance communication with the principal stakeholders.

7. Be 'professionally blunt' — 4 tips for developing a great leadership team
The drafting and management of a successful leadership team is a soft science with no fixed blueprint. However, beyond measuring organizational achievements, the experience of being part of successful leadership team can perhaps best be surmised by the colloquialism "I know it when I see it."

8. Racing toward value — Building an ambulatory platform to come out ahead
Healthcare stakeholders are deep in the trenches, trying to pave the best transitional path from volume- to value-based care, and have come to realize an ambulatory network is key to lowering costs, improving outcomes and attracting and retaining the new patient consumer.

9. Using AI to drive operational excellence: 3 health system executives' success stories from the ER, OR and outpatient setting
Hospitals today face a myriad of challenges as they continue to evolve their delivery models toward value-based care. They are tasked with increasing operational efficiency, improving margins and enhancing the patient experience — all in a way that preserves the cognitive capabilities of their care teams.

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