15 Resources for Healthcare Leaders

resources for healthcare leaders

15 Resources for Healthcare Leaders

The field of healthcare continues to evolve as new technologies emerge, breakthrough studies are made and new laws are passed. As a healthcare professional, it is important to stay informed of the issues and take part in the discussions that are shaping the field. A wealth of resources is available in the form of books, medical journals, online and print news sources and a growing selection of multimedia platforms. Staying up to date with news, trends, best practices and research is crucial for current and future healthcare leaders charged with ushering a new era for healthcare.

Books

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, MD, MPH

The fourth book written by Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, public health researcher and professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School tackles how people in and out of the medical profession deal with the certainty of aging, debilitating illness and death. Through personal stories about his own family and patients, he challenges members of the medical profession to examine their philosophy on how to advise and care for those who are facing the final years of their lives. Gawande examines the current state of geriatrics, nursing homes, hospice care and end-of-life medicine noting what works and what falls short of their intended function, all the while calling for those in and out of the medical profession to reassess their views of mortality. [1]

Medicaid, Politics and Policy: Second Edition by David G. Smith & Judith D. Moore

This book is necessary for healthcare professionals to understand the history and legal implications of the complex and heavily debated program of Medicaid. While the authors believe it is a “weak entitlement,” they present a positive outlook for its future. Through an examination of policy changes, political controversy and extensive interviews they show how Medicaid has become the largest health insurance system in the United States. The second edition provides three new chapters which cover changes associated with the Affordable Care Act. [2]

Caring for Patients from Different Cultures: Case Studies from American Hospitals by Geri-Ann Galanti

A key resource for anyone in healthcare, Geri-Ann Galanti’s collection of over 200 case studies provides a valuable guide for nurses and physicians for giving culturally competent care and avoiding the misunderstandings and conflicts that may arise when treating patients. Various case studies provide insight into a host of topics, such as traditional medicine, mental health, gender issues, religion, birth, end of life, dealing with families and working with interpreters. [3] There is also a chapter on staff relationships and cultural diversity which would be a useful read for anyone who is managing a stuff such as physician and nurse leaders and healthcare administrators.

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert M. Wachter, MD

As professor and chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, the nation’s leading recipient of NIH grants and the father of “hospitalist” field, Dr. Robert Wachter is a leading authority on healthcare issues in this country.
Dr. Wachter’s latest book examines the role of digital technology as the ultimate solution for all of healthcare’s problems.

His research is sparked by a tragic instance of a teenager receiving an incorrect prescription of 38 ½ pills of a common antibiotic, which led to an overdose. This horrible error was made by a state-of-the-art electronic prescribing system. Based on this case, he takes a look at the unexpected ways technology is affecting how healthcare professionals interact with patients and each other. Through numerous interviews with software developers, policy makers and healthcare practitioners, Dr. Wachter arrives at the hopeful prediction that, if watched closely, technology can provide healthcare with the answers it is looking for. [4]

Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System by Ezekiel Emanuel

Ezekiel Emanuel is the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and served as a special advisor on health policy to the White House under President Obama. His experience helping to create the Affordable Care Act means he is a top authority on the inner workings of U.S. health policy. His book elucidates the history of health care reform and outlines the main tenets of the ACA. While Emanuel does criticize aspects of the implementation of the act and notes the failings of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), he is unabashedly optimistic about the future and eventual success of the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare leaders would benefit from reading this pro-ACA book for its unique insider perspective into the workings of the creation of this landmark legislation. [5]

America’s Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill

Steven Brill’s book America’s Bitter Pill provides a different view of the history and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He focuses on staff incompetence, broken promises made by President Obama and economic and policy blunders that occurred during the ACA’s implementation. In the end, Brill claims that there was not a better alternative to Obamacare and is hopeful the mistakes made early in the law’s life can be turned around. [6] Still, his book presents an opportunity for healthcare professionals to understand the economic failings and operational mishandling of a law designed to reform healthcare.

Journals and Other Publications

The Advisory Board Company

The Advisory Board is a best practices firm using research, technology and consulting to improve the performance of global healthcare organizations, while focusing on key areas such as finance, IT, marketing, nursing, strategy, care delivery and profitability. [7]

The Kaiser Family Foundation

A non-profit organization, Kaiser focuses on heath policy analysis, health journalism and the U.S. role in global health police. They are a non-partisan source offering a wide variety of graphics, charts and news on national health issues. [8]

Becker’s Healthcare

At the forefront of business and legal information issues in healthcare, Becker’s is a leading source of news and information for healthcare industry leaders. They offer a wide range of sources through different mediums such as print issues, e-weeklies, webinars, white papers, podcasts and videos. Their five trade publications are:

• Becker’s Hospital Review
• Becker’s ASC Review
• Becker’s Infection Control & Clinical Quality
• Becker’s Spine Review
• Becker’s Dental Review [9]

HealthLeaders Media

HealthLeaders Media is a multi-platform media company for healthcare executives and industry leaders. They focus on business, finance, technology, physician and nurse leaders and community and rural health. They offer publications, products and research, such as:

• HealthLeader magazine
• HealthLeaders Daily News & Analysis and 10 weekly e-newsletters
• Monthly Intelligence Reports powered by the HealthLeaders Media Council
• Exchange events for healthcare executives
• Executive roundtables
• HLM Live virtual events and expert webcasts
• California HealthFax [10]

Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare offers a weekly print magazine, websites, e-newsletters, mobile products and events and is a source for healthcare leaders seeking to stay current on business news, policy news, recent research and information technology. They host high quality educational opportunities and events featuring healthcare leaders. [11]

American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Publications

ACHE offers a wide array of publications through their Health Administration Press targeting healthcare executives and industry leaders, as well books for practitioners and textbooks for college and university courses. Their three main publications on the current state of healthcare and healthcare management are:

• Healthcare Executive
• Journal of Healthcare Management
• Frontiers of Health Services Management

Harvard Business Review
The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal

These sources are three of the leading news publications in the world. Each presents in-depth, current articles on many health-related and policy topics from multiple perspectives. The Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal publish frequently on the business of healthcare, health policy and legislation and health information technology. The New York Times has a variety of health-related features such as the Diagnosis section in the New York Times Magazine in which Dr. Lisa Sanders recreates unique medical case studies. [12]

Learn More

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Sources

1. Fink, Sherry. The New York Times. 2014 Nov 16. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/books/review/atul-gawande-being-mortal-review.html
2. Political Science Faculty Works. http://works.swarthmore.edu/fac-poli-sci/577/
3. University of Pennsylvania Penn Press. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt3fj3dn
4. Zuger, MD, Abigail. The New York Times. 2015 May 25. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/26/science/review-digital-doctor-robert-wachter.html?_r=0
5. Affordable Care Act Isn’t Perfect, But It’s A ‘Pretty Good Structure’. NPR.org. 2014 Mar 8. http://www.npr.org/2014/03/08/287242707/affordable-care-act-isnt-perfect-but-its-a-pretty-good-structure
6. Good, bad and ugly. The Economist. 2015 June 17. http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21639432-depressing-story-behind-barack-obamas-biggest-achievement-good-bad-and-ugly
7. https://www.advisory.com
8. http://kff.org/
9. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/about.html
10. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/
11. http://www.modernhealthcare.com
12. http://www.ache.org/publications/

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