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Thought Leader Forum

The goal of ASHHRA Thought Leader Forums is to offer health care leaders, including the leaders of ASHHRA, an opportunity to contribute their thoughts, experience, and insights through a formalized process. The participants for the Forums will be proven leaders who display expertise in specific topics relevant to each Thought Leader Forum agenda. The chosen thought leaders will be critical, visionary, and strategic thinkers with demonstrated knowledge and experience.

ASHHRA will send invitations to proposed Forum participants. Approximately ten thought leaders will participate in each Forum. The Forums will be recorded, and a transcript of the entire session will be produced. In addition, digital photographs will be taken of the individuals participating in the forums, and photos will be taken throughout the session.

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Sponsored by

TIAA-CREF

Forum Participants

  • The chosen thought leaders will be critical, visionary, and strategic thinkers with demonstrated knowledge and experience
  • Approximately ten thought leaders will participate in each Forum.

Forum Deliverables

  • Forum recording 
  • Transcript of Findings 
  • Digital photographs 
  • ASHHRA member communication on availabilit

Additional resources provided by TIAA-CREF:


2014 Topics
The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) will convene a “Thought Leader Forum” in July and one in September 2014. ASHHRA will have a facilitator to plan, record, facilitate the discussion, and create a summary of findings.

Thought Leader Forum topics for 2014 have been determined to be Meet Your Future Leader: Engaging and Empowering Women to Achieve Success in Health Care (July) and The Implications of an Aging Workforce (September). The facilitator, The Walker Company, will develop a comprehensive report for ASHHRA to distribute to its members, key influencers, sponsors and others to be determined by ASHHRA.

A summary of the Thought Leader Forum topics and proposed participants are outlined below.

Thought Leader Forum 11
The Implications of an Aging Workforce

Topic subject to change

Date: September 27, 2014
Location: Chicago, Ill.  |  Hyatt Regency Chicago

Proposed Participants:

The Implications of an Aging Workforce: How can health care organizations accommodate professionals working beyond normal retirement age and how the Multigenerations work together.

The United States is at the start of a major demographic shift. In the coming decades, people aged 65 and over will make up an increasingly large percentage of the population, and the ratio of people over 64 to people aged 20 to 64 will rise by 80 percent. In the health care spectrum:

But improved lifestyles and economic concerns are keeping more people in the workforce for a longer period of time. Eventually, as the working population ages yet continues to work, employers will need to adapt, make concessions and accommodate these senior workers. In The implications of an aging workforce: How can healthcare organizations accommodate professionals working beyond normal retirement age, we will examine:

*The Aging Workforce: Challenges for the Health Care Industry Workforce. Harrington and Heidkamp. March 2013

Thought Leader Forum Reports
Following each Thought Leader Forum, The Walker Company will produce a “Thought Leader Forum Summary” report designed to inspire, promote, and drive change within the health care industry. The full-color report will include an overview of the theme and participants, dialogue resulting from the question and answer discussion related to each question or topic, and key themes and findings.

ASHHRA will work with TIAA-CREF, the signature sponsor, to review and release the Thought Leader Forum Summary reports.


Thought Leader Forum 10

Executive Summary

Meet Your Future Leader: Engaging and Empowering Women to Achieve Success in Health Care

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), in collaboration with TIAA-CREF, a financial services company and longstanding partner of ASHHRA, held its tenth Thought Leader Forum on Sunday, July 20, 2014, in San Diego, California. ASHHRA Thought Leader Forums provide a means for ASHHRA to gather information, insights and best practices regarding vital health care issues and trends and help its members successfully lead their organizations into the future.

Kevin Nazworth, managing director, Southeast Region and head of the Health Care Market, TIAA-CREF, welcomed thought leader participants to the Forum, which was chaired by Grace Blair Moffitt, ASHHRA’s immediate past president. The discussion was moderated by Cindy Fineran, senior consultant with The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting. A select group of executives working in health care or in roles that have insight into the field participated in the Forum, a two-hour session titled, “Meet Your Future Leaders: Engaging and Empowering Women to Achieve Success in Health Care.”

These executive women provided insights and perceptions regarding why women are underrepresented in health care leadership, challenges women face in advancing their careers and actions that may be pursued to help women achieve greater success in health care. This summary is a strategic overview of the discussions, thoughts and insights emanating from this Thought Leader Forum.

Sponsored by:
TIAA-CREF


Thought Leader Forum

Executive Summary

Projected Benefits Landscape:
Recommendations for Health Care Leaders

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), held its ninth Thought Leader Forum on Saturday, September 28, in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Nazworth, vice president, health care market, TIAACREF, welcomed thought leader participants to the forum, which was chaired by Irma Babiak Pye. The discussion was moderated by Larry Walker, president, The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting.

A select group of health care executives and employee benefits experts participated in the forum, entitled, “Projected Benefits Landscape: Recommendations for Health Care Leaders.”

ASHHRA identified a need to better understand the future employee benefits landscape, with an emphasis in two primary areas: benefits literacy and financial literacy. The Thought Leader Forum began with a discussion of the changing benefits landscape, as health care organizations’ budgets tighten and the type and nature of benefits evolve, with an increased reliance on employee financial responsibility.

Thought leaders explored various strategies for employee engagement and ideas for boosting employee participation in benefit plans. Changes in employee preferences for communications and benefits were also discussed, as well as shifts in the health care environment related to consolidation, affiliations, and mergers. Participants agreed that the role of hospitals and health systems in the community is expanding, and there are opportunities to apply lessons learned from employee benefits programs to the community as a whole.

This Thought Leader Forum executive summary is a strategic overview of the dialogue, discussion, and projections for the future of the benefit landscape in health care organizations across America.

Sponsored by:
TIAA-CREF


TLF - Envisioning Tomorrow's Workforce

Executive Summary

Envisioning Tomorrow's Workforce

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA), held its eighth Thought Leader Forum on Thursday, July 25, 2013, in San Diego, California.

Kevin Nazworth, vice president, health care market, TIAA-CREF, welcomed thought leader participants to the Forum, which was chaired by Irma Babiak Pye. The discussion was moderated by Cindy Fineran, senior consultant with The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting. A select group of health care executives participated in the Forum, a two-hour session titled, “Envisioning Tomorrow’s Healthcare Workplace.”

During the September 2012 ASHHRA/TIAA-CREF Thought Leader Forum, “The Future of the Healthcare Workforce,” health care executives explored the critical role of the health care workforce in the future of health care. The executives recommended that human resources (HR) leaders need to proactively brainstorm what the future of health care may look like and use those projections to identify future workforce needs and the training and tools human resource executives should be prepared to offer to ensure workforce success in new and evolving roles.

To explore this topic in greater depth, participants in this Thought Leader Forum looked ahead to forecast the potential changes they see developing in the workplace as a result of increased focus on performance, technological advances, shifting workforce demographics, projected workforce shortages, delayed or premature retirement scenarios, and hospital and health system consolidations. This Thought Leader Forum executive summary is a strategic overview of the dialogue, discussion, and projections for the future of the health care workplace in America.

Sponsored by:
TIAA-CREF


 The Future of the Health Care Workforce
Executive Summary

The Future of the Health Care Workforce

ASHHRA held its seventh Thought Leader Forum on Saturday, September 22, 2012, in Denver, Colorado.

Bob Walters, Corporate Director, Human Resources Operations, Health First, Inc., and ASHHRA immediate past president, chaired the proceedings. The discussion was moderated by Larry Walker, president of The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting.

A select group of health care executives participated in the Forum, a two-hour session titled, “The Future of the Health Care Workforce.”

As one thought leader noted, “I don’t honestly think we know ten years from now who we need to recruit, because we’re going to have to change what we’re doing at the bedside in a pretty fundamental way.” Another thought leader reiterated the important role that human resources (HR) will have in proactively redesigning the future care environment, saying “We need to get closer to the caregiver role, and why we are all here. The economics, payer mix, and changing reimbursement will not allow us to afford to have the structure we have today, so we need to make fundamental changes. That’s where HR needs to be at the table and lead the redesign process.”

This Thought Leader Forum Executive Summary is a strategic overview of the dialogue, discussion, and recommendations about the future of the health care workforce in America.

Sponsored by:
TIAA-CREF


Thought Leader Forum - Advancing the Hospital and Physician Partnership
Executive Summary

Advancing the Hospital and Physician Partnership

ASHHRA held the sixth Thought Leader Forum on Thursday, July 19, 2012, in San Francisco, California.

Bob Walters, Corporate Director, Human Resources Operations, Health First, Inc., and ASHHRA immediate past president, chaired the proceedings. The discussion was moderated by Larry Walker, president of The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting.

A select group of health care executives participated in the Forum, a two-hour session titled, “Physician Engagement and Integration.”

“Hospitals have to look at all of our processes and see if we’ve eliminated the barriers that are driving the physicians crazy” said ASHHRA president Irma Babiak Pye. “If we can look at it from that perspective, then we can begin to build some trust. And if we can build trust, we can start to erode physicians’ aversion to risk, because they can have faith that we are really all in this together for the good of our patients and communities.”

The Thought Leader Forum Executive Summary is a strategic overview of the implications of advancing the hospital/physician partnership through successful physician engagement and integration.

Sponsored by:
TIAA-CREF


Thought Leader Forum Summary of Findings - Healthcare Reform EngagementHealthcare Reform Engagement

ASHHRA held the fifth Thought Leader Forum on Monday, July 18,2011 in San Diego, California.

Jeff Payne, Vice President, Human Resources, Lakeland Regional Medical Center and 2011 ASHHRA Past President, chaired the proceedings. The discussion was moderated by Larry Walker, President, and Cindy Fineran,Senior Consultant of The Walker Company Healthcare Consulting, LLC. A select group of thought leaders - human resources and public relations/ marketing/ communications experts - participated in the Forum, a two-hour session entitled, “Healthcare Reform Engagement.” Among the participants were ASHHRA board members and representatives from the Society for Health Care Strategy & Market Development(SHSMD), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Buck Consultants.

Results of the session have been compiled in this Summary of Findings. 

Sponsored by:
Buck  Consultants


 


Workplace Intimidation: The Underestimated Threat to Patient Safety

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), personal membership groups of the American Hospital Association (AHA), held a joint Thought Leader Forum on Thursday, July 22, 2010 in San Diego, California, prior to the 2010 AHA/Health Forum Leadership Summit.

A select group of thought leaders—human resource, risk management, and health care quality and patient safety experts—participated in the Forum, a two-hour session titled, "Workplace Intimidation: The Underestimated Threat to Patient Safety.”  The Summary of Findings highlights the main points of discussion.

Workplace Intimidation in the Healthcare Setting - An Annotated Bibliography 
From the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), prepared by the American Hospital Association Resource Center, April 2010


The Role of Health Care HR in Advancing Operational Efficiencies

The third Thought Leader Forum convened in San Francisco, California on July 23, 3009.  Following are the results of the discussion on "The Role of Health Care HR in Advancing Operational Efficiencies."

Summary of Findings - An executive summary that highlights the main points of the discussion.
Discussion Transcript - An edited transcript of the Forum dialogue.

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Workforce Issues in Health Care

The second Thought Leader Forum gathered in Austin, Texas on October 11, 2008.  Following are the results of a two-hour discussion on "Workforce Issues in Health Care."

Summary of Findings - An executive summary that highlights the main points of the discussion.
Discussion Transcript - An edited transcript of the Forum dialogue. 

Please note that there is no video for this forum.

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Summary of FindingsThe Role of HR in Quality and Patient Safety

On July 24, 2008, the first ever ASHHRA Thought Leader Forum gathered in San Diego, Calif. The following materials are a result of the two-hour Forum discussion on "The Role of HR in Quality and Patient Safety."

Summary of Findings - An executive summary that highlights the main points of the discussion.
Discussion Transcript - An edited transcript of the Forum dialogue.  

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Press Releases:
July 2008
August 2008