Welcome to Modern Healthcare's second annual Survival Guide for Healthcare Executives. A lot has happened since our first Survival Guide appeared in the Nov. 24, 2003 issue, and much of what's happened has made life even more precarious for healthcare executives. The photo that best captures that sentiment appears on p. S11 of this special section. Faced with questions from the public and policymakers, the top executives from five major healthcare organizations testified in June before Congress on how they charge and bill the poor and uninsured for care. Rising healthcare costs combined with struggles to improve access to care and the quality of care have placed healthcare executives under the microscope more than ever before.
To help executives deal with that scrutiny, we came up with a series of "how to" articles: everything from how to testify before Congress to how to settle an antitrust investigation. And if things don't go so well, we threw in how to survive a "no-confidence" vote and how to land a new CEO position after age 50. Ten of the 12 features appear in this section; two of the 12 are online exclusives that can be found in this section.
We hope you find the articles informative, educational and entertaining. If you'd like to suggest a topic to cover in next year's Survival Guide, please write to me at: David Burda, Editor, Modern Healthcare, 360 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60601; or e-mail me at [email protected].
David Burda, editor