Hilary Waldmans Jan. 27 article, Ailing hospitals good to CEOs in the Hartford (Conn.) Courant as referenced by Modern Healthcares Daily Dose on Jan. 28, is a typical example of the uninformed mixing of apples and oranges. Waldman suggests that the Connecticut Medicaid programs decision to underpay hospitals should be directly related to chief executive officer compensation. Perhaps she would also suggest that it be related to the pay for registered nurses and all other healthcare personnel as well. Those hospitals financially stressed by public policy decisions would then have the least competitive pay rates and likely, the least qualified staff. Wow! Unfortunately this does occasionally happen and often leads to a down and out spiral.
How about relating compensation to personal performance and market rates for similar positions around the country as an alternative?
Robert T. ClarkeDestin, Fla.
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