The Catholic Health Association is retooling for future battles in Washington and across the country on federal and state reimbursement issues.
The CHA has reorganized key executives into a 12-member senior management team in hopes of lobbying effectively on key issues such as Medicare and Medicaid. Primarily, the "team" strategies will allow the CHA to focus more effectively by having experts at all levels, rather than one group or department, work on such issues.
"We will restructure our efforts in teams to address the real issues of the day," CHA President and Chief Executive Officer John Curley told board members and other CHA members at last month's annual Catholic Health Assembly in San Antonio. "We used to be organized along divisional lines, and we want to break down those boundaries."
The 12 members of the senior management team are Curley; William Cox, executive vice president; Timothy Eckels, senior vice president, planning and program development; Joanne Elden Beale, co-director, sponsor services; Sister Jean deBlois, vice president, mission services; Brother Peter Campbell, vice president, sponsor services; the Rev. Joseph Kukura, vice president, church relations; David Sauer, vice president, administration; Jack Bresch, government services; Fred Caesar, director of communications; Brian Cammey, director of finances and assistant treasurer; and Peter Leibold, general counsel.
"Just as our members are integrating, we are doing the same," Caesar said.
The CHA plans several regional meetings this fall designed to assist its 1,200 member healthcare systems, hospitals and related organizations prepare for restructuring of Medicare and Medicaid. The seven two-day meetings will be held in November or December in Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Conn., Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.