Hospital boards are entering the age of "leadership accountability and transparency" and need to "aggressively upgrade" the effectiveness of governance operations, expert Jamie Orlikoff told trustees at the AHA's annual meeting.
"Governance is now a front page issue, and the quality of governance that got you this far, will be insufficient to get you where you need to be 10 years from now," said Orlikoff, a senior consultant to the AHA's Center for Healthcare Governance. He noted that state legislators, attorney generals and bond insurers all are assessing the quality of hospital governance, and said effective boards operate with a high degree of trust and open communication, encourage healthy debate and build a culture of respectful dissent. Donald Wegmiller, chairman of Clark Consulting and head of the CHG advisory board, said improvements in quality and efficiency can help "change public attitudes in terms of what we are doing." (via AHA News)