AHA members-only Town Hall webcast Tuesday   10/02/2013
Tune in for the next AHA members-only Town Hall Interactive webcast on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock, Executive Vice President Rick Pollack and Senior Vice President of Federal Relations Tom Nickels will provide an update on the latest developments from Washington, D.C. Hosted by AHA leaders, members-only Town Hall Interactive webcasts focus on advocacy and other important developments in the hospital and health care field. To participate in the 2013 webcasts, register here. For more information, call (800) 424-4301.
Monograph examines evolving accountabilities of nonprofit health system boards   10/02/2013
The latest monograph from the AHA’s Center for Healthcare Governance explores the multiple accountabilities of nonprofit health care boards in a changing environment, characterized by increased scrutiny and public demands for cost, quality and safety performance. The authors review categories of accountability and provide examples of mandated and voluntary accountabilities, largely to outside organizations and entities, that systems and their boards are responsible for fulfilling. The report includes questions to help guide board discussions of health system accountability and a model policy statement for delineating board accountabilities to the health system’s community and other stakeholders. The Center is AHA’s resource for information, tools and counsel to promote excellence in health care governance.
Louisiana hospital challenge aims to help residents lose 200 tons   10/02/2013
The Louisiana Hospital Association yesterday launched the Geaux Lite Louisiana Statewide Hospital Weight Loss Challenge, a six-month competition in which hospital employees will team with family members, friends and community partners to lose weight and get healthy. The goal is to lose 200 tons (400,000 pounds) statewide by April 2014. Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently ranked Louisiana the most obese state in the nation, with nearly 35% of adult residents obese. “Obesity is a factor in so many health problems,” said Stephen Wright, president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Louisiana and chair of the LHA Board of Trustees. “We can make such an impact on our communities by addressing this one issue.”