Trends in Healthcare & Governance

From the Executive Director

Welcome to HTNYS' monthly Trends email archive. On the second Wednesday of every month, HTNYS Executive Director Sue Ellen Wagner provides trustees with brief information about emerging developments in governance and healthcare. The content is concise, current, and thoughtfully curated to help trustees fulfill their roles and responsibilities while adapting to the changing environment.

Patients Want to Be More Involved in their Care

November 7, 2017

  • About 70% of patients say they have become more engaged in their healthcare. By 2021, 99% of hospital executives think it is at least somewhat likely that their patients will demand a greater role in planning their own treatment.
  • According to the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity in Health Management, although minorities represent 32% of patients in hospitals, they represent only 14% of hospital board members. HTNYS will unveil a new online resource in the first quarter of 2018 to assist boards with strategies and tactics on board diversification.
  • As the size, scope, and scale of healthcare systems grow, so does the complexity of effective system governance. Hospitals and health systems should look at competency-based board composition when recruiting new board members.

Ask These Disruptive Leadership Questions

October 10, 2017

  • As hospitals and health systems grow increasingly complex, they are creating dedicated leadership staff for their boards. These positions include: manager, director, and chief governance officer. Texas Health Resources, a 24-hospital system, is using a chief governance officer to oversee its governing board functions.
  • By 2020, mental health and substance abuse disorders are projected to surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide.
  • According to a presentation for HTNYS by governance expert Jamie Orlikoff, boards should begin to ask key disruptive leadership questions as they govern through rapid change and complex challenges:
    • How can we save money for our patients?
    • How can we provide value based on how patients define value?
    • How can we give patients a better experience, and safer care?
    • How can we achieve the above and still stay in business?