Finding ways to achieve the most effective governance of healthcare systems will be the focus of one of the seminars at this year's ACHE congress.
Stephen W. Hatch, partner at the Northbrook, Ill.-based consulting firm Argus Associates, and Thomas Hanrahan, regional vice president for Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Health Care, will discuss integrated systems governance at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5.
The presentation is titled "Effective Governance in an Integrated Regional Healthcare System."
"We're focusing very much on governance in the sense of how it relates to boards and their roles and responsibilities revolving around regional healthcare systems," Hatch says.
After a brief definition of governance and its history, Hatch will discuss the broader issues of governance. They include developing more effective leadership from boards and how to appropriately forge business alliances between corporate and not-for-profit organizations.
Hanrahan will relate his experiences within Intermountain and Minneapolis-based Allina Health System, and how they pertain to regional systems, their particular provider bases and the integration of physicians into such a system.
Other issues to be discussed will include compensation for trustees; the pros and cons of balancing layperson representation with professionals; the composition and life span of certain committees; and how senior management of an integrated system should be represented.
"I think at the local board level you should have both community people and physician representation, but I also think there is a need to bring in professionals who go beyond the healthcare field that can give a very well-rounded expertise," Hatch says. "Philosophically, I'm for streamlined governance with fewer committees but with more task forces that accomplish a certain goal and then sunset after a specific period of time."