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Thought Leader Forum

The goal of the Thought Leader Forum 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.

2013 Thought
Leader Forum
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

For more information on the 2013 schedule, contact Stephanie Drake, ASHHRA Executive Director, at sdrake@aha.org or by phone at (312) 422-3723.

Additional resources provided 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