PCORI announces grants to develop patient-centered research proposals   10/18/2013
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute this week launched a pilot program to help individuals and groups who are not usual candidates for research funding develop proposals for clinical comparative effectiveness research. Applicants from 13 western states can apply through Dec. 2 for the Pipeline to Proposal awards of up to $15,000 each. The states are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. PCORI expects to announce 25 recipients on Dec. 15 and funding opportunities for other states early next year. The Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment will provide fiscal, programmatic, and operational services to the initial recipients as an intermediary funder.
Former lieutenant governor to lead Utah Hospital Association   10/18/2013
The Board of Trustees of Utah Hospital Association today named former Utah Lieutenant Gov. Greg Bell as the association’s president and CEO effective Nov. 1. Before becoming lieutenant governor in 2009, Bell served as a state senator and provided leadership on health policy issues as chair of the Executive Health Policy Group and Governor’s Tort Reform Medical Liability Workgroup, and co-chair of the Utah Health Exchange Advisory Board. “We are thrilled to welcome Greg Bell in this new leadership role representing the hospitals and health systems in our state,” said David Entwistle, UHA board chair and CEO of University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. “…His background in health care policy and experience as lieutenant governor and state legislator will prove invaluable as we go forward in navigating the many changes taking place in the U.S. health care system in the coming years.” Bell replaces Rod Betit, who will retire from UHA this month after three years of service to the association. Before joining UHA, Betit served seven years as president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association.
Reminder: AHA to co-host webinar on organ donation excellence   10/18/2013
AHA, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will sponsor a free Oct. 28 webinar for hospital executives on “Creating and Maintaining a Culture of Donation Excellence through Leadership.” Among other speakers, AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock and ACHE President and CEO Deborah Bowen will discuss how hospitals, the AHA and state hospital associations “can work together to save lives.” For more information and to register for the webinar, from 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time, click here.