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Past Webinars:

Combining Medical Staffs in a Multi-Hospital Setting 

Multi-hospital integrated delivery systems (IDS) have been forming and growing at a rapid rate in many regions of the country. Maintaining multiple organized medical staffs within a single integrated health system can be inefficient, expensive, reduce the effectiveness of medical staff initiatives, and increase liability. This Webinar will describe how to determine if one or more medical staffs should be merged and what implementation steps should be undertaken to successfully complete such a project.

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The Role of Palliative Care in Achieving Value Strategies

In order to meet the needs and provide high-value care to people with serious illness, hospitals and health systems need to look beyond the walls of the hospital to the settings in which people with serious illness receive care and partner with providers in those settings. Innovative models of community-based palliative care including home- and office-based palliative care and skilled nursing facility-based programs can improve care and value. This Webinar prevents the challenges in providing care for seriously ill patients and highlights innovative programs and partnerships to improve value for this vulnerable and important patient population.

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The New Payer: Why Consumers Will Save HealthcareOr Destroy It

As healthcare payment models adapt and episodic care erodes, a formidable challenge will emerge for today’s hospitals and health systems: how do we build and sustain value with consumers? The Webinar will share deep insight into the resources and programs necessary to create and sustain value among discerning consumers—an audience that increasingly carries healthcare’s future within its grasp.

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Focus on Finance: Critical Issues for Healthcare Leadership

Hospitals and health systems nationwide are experiencing significant strategic, operating, and financial challenges as healthcare transitions to the new business model. While the pace of change varies from market to market, even organizations in slow-moving markets must develop strategies to proactively move toward a value-based care delivery and payment system. Having a solid strategic-financial planning process and a firm understanding of the evolving healthcare environment will help organizations best position themselves for long-term success.

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Overcoming the Financial Risks of Bundled Hospital Payments

On April 1, 2016 the federal government launched an unprecedented expansion of board responsibilities by mandating that hospitals take additional financial risks for Medicare patients’ total hip and knee replacement costs. This model will undoubtedly expand to greater numbers of facilities and patient groups in the future, so hospitals and health systems must prepare now to achieve net savings. This Webinar describes both risks and opportunities for organizations to increase efficiencies by collaborating with their physicians, including aligning incentives and sharing financial opportunities by embracing such risk models.

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Evolving Roles and Responsibilities of Boards in Health Systems

Many regional and national health systems have grown by merging with or acquiring hospitals and other entities, keeping local boards in place, and instituting a “governance authorities matrix.” Too often, this has created role confusion, duplication of efforts, and lack of strategic alignment between boards at the system and local levels. This Webinar identifies emerging health system governance best practices.

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Charting Governance Trends across the Decade

More and more research is showing that high-performing hospital and health system boards are critical to the performance and quality of their organizations. The Governance Institute surveys the nation’s non-profit acute care hospital and health system boards every other year. This Webinar explores challenges and opportunities for boards revealed in The Governance Institute’s 2015 biennial survey report.

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Creating a Social Media Culture in Healthcare

The social media revolution is the defining communications trend of the third millennium. With blogs, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Periscope, the power of worldwide broadcasting and publishing is now available to anyone. Hospitals and healthcare organizations need to at least take into account how these technologies are likely to affect them. This Webinar explores how healthcare organizations can use these tools creatively to accomplish strategic objectives.

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Balancing Strategy & Antitrust Risks: Exploring Exposure & Opportunities in Alignment with Physicians & Other Partners

The Federal Trade Commission has healthcare in its sights for transactions and contracting that violate antitrust laws. This Webinar explores the balance between strategy and antitrust considerations, with a focus on three strategic areas: physician–hospital alignment transactions; payer contracting relationships that exclude competitors; and bundled payments and pricing.

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Health vs. Healthcare: Bridging the Gap between Consumer Perception and Provider Reality

Consumers increasingly expect the best from healthcare providers at a time of unparalleled financial and operational pressure. What can be done to manage consumer perceptions while improving the care provided to them? This Webinar explores where the gaps lie between consumers and providers, where surprising areas of common ground exist, and what the board’s vital role is in shifting organizations into a more consumer-centric world of healthcare.

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Moving Your Organization toward Strategic Cost Transformation

The nation’s rapidly changing healthcare system is driving the need for hospitals and health systems to take a comprehensive approach to strategic cost transformation. Traditional cost management initiatives that have worked in the past will no longer be sufficient in an era of decreasing volumes and constrained revenues. This Webinar offers guidance for board members and senior leaders on how to fulfill their increasingly important role of providing oversight through this transition.

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Culture Clash or Kumbaya? The Importance of the People Dimension in Mergers & Acquisitions

When evaluating affiliations, the financial, process, product, technical, and legal measures are often highly scrutinized, but the consideration of the perceived “softer” issues—culture and people—are often less regarded or even ignored. This Webinar explores the connection between organizational culture and financial return, and explores the challenges organizations face post-transaction.

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“Everybody’s Doing It” Isn’t Enough: Strategy for the Long Haul

With all of the uncertainties facing hospitals and health systems today, it is tempting to either hunker down with the current strategic plan or copy strategies that others are using. However, effective strategy in today’s complex healthcare industry requires more. This Webinar helps board leaders identify what constitutes a sound strategic plan and how to avoid common failings in strategy development.

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Considering the Customer: The Evolution of Customer-Centric Healthcare

The goal of every business is to attract customers. Healthcare providers have only recently begun to think in a customer-acquisition mindset. But yesterday’s healthcare referral patterns and the networks they built are simply not engineered for tomorrow’s healthcare. This Webinar frames issues and challenges related to customer-centered care for boards and senior leaders.

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Considering Independence: Are Standalone Hospital Boards Best Serving Their Patients & Communities?

As more standalone hospitals consider the benefits that can be achieved through a potential partnership, hospital board members are increasingly faced with the question of whether local governance trumps the advantages associated with hospital system scale. This Webinar offers suggestions for how to initiate a partnership discussion and process at the board level.

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Committee Optimization: A Critical Component of World-Class Governance

Boards that want their governance to match their “world-class” organizations have recognized that committees play a critical role in optimizing board performance. Highly effective committees can significantly improve the board’s overall functioning by driving focused, efficient, and informed board discussions on the issues that matter. This Webinar explains how committees add value, describe the common failings of committees, and examine six practices for optimizing board committee performance.

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Physician Compensation Oversight: An Emerging Governance Best Practice

With the rise of clinical integration, hospitals and health systems are increasingly compensating physicians in various ways. Compensation arrangements for both employed and independent physicians have the potential for significant financial and regulatory risk for the hospitals and health systems providing compensation. This Webinar provides board members and executives with information about how to develop a best-practice process for reviewing physician compensation arrangements.

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A Paradigm for Effective Governance

To be effective, hospital and health system boards must have a clear, precise, and shared image of the type of work they should be doing to really govern their organizations. This Webinar presents a paradigm of board work that was developed by Governance Institute founder Charles M. Ewell, Ph.D. along with his colleague Dennis Pointer.

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