Physician-leaders and hospital performance: Is there an association?

Amanda Goodall 21 July 2011

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In the past, hospitals were routinely led by doctors. That has changed. In the UK and the US, most hospital chief executive officers (CEOs) are non-physician managers rather than physicians (Falcone and Satiani 2008). Of the 6,500 hospitals in the US, only 235 are led by physicians (Gunderman and Kanter 2009).

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  US, UK, healthcare, healthcare management, Hospitals

Why good practices really matter in healthcare

Nicholas Bloom, Rebecca Homkes, Raffaella Sadun, John Van Reenen 17 December 2010

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On average, healthcare spending in OECD countries – and especially in the US – has outpaced GDP growth by nearly two percentage points a year, and this trend will continue to persist over time (Hall and Jones 2007). As the healthcare sector lags behind others in improving its productivity, it can also create a productivity drag on the economy overall. Although maintaining a good standard of healthcare provision has obvious welfare implications, our understanding of what causes differences in quality and productivity across hospitals continues to be relatively poor.

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Topics:  Health economics Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  productivity, health, healthcare management

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