If you’re looking to bring in an engaging, informative, and up-to-the-minute keynote, session, or conference speaker, Via Healthcare Consulting can meet your needs. Karma Bass, Erica Osborne, and other Via Healthcare Consulting strategic partners are available to kick off your event, provide just-in-time education on key topics, or present and facilitate discussion of best practices on difficult topics.
Below are some recent speeches and a list of potential presentation topics delivered to healthcare leader audiences by Via Healthcare Consulting’s experts. Contact us for a custom proposal designed to meet your group’s educational needs.
Evolving Board Responsibilities in a Changing Healthcare Environment
With the myriad of legal, regulatory, and market shifts occurring in healthcare, expectations of the board are shifting as well. Healthcare payment reforms, challenges to hospitals’ tax-exempt status, increased scrutiny of quality and safety, and the ‘new normal’ of physician-alignment activities are resulting in new and different responsibilities in the board room. Come hear what is now being expected of top performing boards and learn how savvy hospital and health system trustees are carving out new leadership roles for themselves.
- Discuss the fundamental pressures impacting hospitals and health systems across the country today and hear how these are likely to shape a changing role for trustees.
- Examine the impact of the following, in particular, on board responsibilities:
- Provider payment reforms due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Reform)
- The increased pressure on hospitals to demonstrate sufficient community benefit due to tax-exempt status challenges
- Higher visibility and reimbursement-linked quality and patient safety activities
- Increasing and increasingly-essential physician alignment activities
- The fact that more than 50% of U.S. hospitals now exist within health systems where multiple levels of boards often oversee the organization.
- Hear how proactive boards are assessing and transforming their governing structures, processes, and practices to ensure the highest level of leadership now and in the years to come.
The Board’s Evolving Role in Quality Oversight and Physician Relations
Boards increasingly find themselves on the front lines of quality oversight, medical staff credentialing, and physician alignment efforts at hospitals and health systems across the country. Trustees are being asked to work alongside hospital administration to improve alignment with the organization’s physicians and even referee disputes among medical staff on credentialing and privileges. Come hear why this is happening, what board members need to know about these mission-critical responsibilities, and how creative boards are responding to the rising challenges. You will enjoy this highly-interactive session that includes real-world examples, mini-case studies, and engages board members in discussion on thought-provoking issues.
- Discuss the evolving role of the hospital and system board in quality oversight as well as the health care market imperatives driving this change.
- Understand the challenges inherent in physician-hospital relations today and discuss the implications for the board’s oversight role.
- Brainstorm ways for the board to clarify its role in further support of the hospital and its mission serving the community.
Potential Session Topics and Themes – Customized to YOUR Board’s Needs
Governance essentials and tools for highly effective boards
The overarching fiduciary duty of oversight and the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience • What you really need to know about the organization to be an effective board member • The distinction between governance and management • How to thrive and serve our communities in uncertain times • Relative roles and responsibilities of board, medical staff and administration: who’s in charge of what, when • Board leadership roles • Highly effective board composition, recruitment and selection • The unique role of physicians on the board
The board’s role in quality and patient safety oversight
The board’s ultimate responsibility for quality • Setting quality and safety metrics based on national benchmarks • Developing an appropriate role for the board in quality with respect to the medical staff • The physician credentialing process and its link to quality • Patient safety: the 28 never events • Satisfaction and service measurement • Quality improvement process and culture
Highly effective medical staff-board relations
Building trust among the medical staff, administration, and board • New imperatives for physician alignment and why hospitals must do it to survive • Assessing your strategic partnerships with physicians • The economic factors in physician alignment: pay for call, joint ventures, ancillary services, and more • The board’s optimal role in enhancing physician engagement, relations, and alignment • How effective boards walk the fine line during negotiations between the hospital and its medical staff • Physicians as board and committee members • Employed physicians and board membership
Advanced practices for not-for-profit health care boards
Organizational integrity and the increased scrutiny of not-for-profit boards • Governance transparency • Board’s role in regulatory compliance • Maintaining your mission focus and community benefit reporting • How to deal with the increasing complexity and time commitment of the board member’s role • Competency-based governance • The board’s obligation to stay the course during difficult times • Board leadership succession planning • The nuances of managing conflicts of interest: beyond disclosure and recusal