Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Healthcare Management

Editorial

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This issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management provides healthcare leaders with evidence-based guidance about using medical assistants (MAs) as flow managers, motivating employees through transformational leadership and organizational justice, investing in succession planning, and implementing transitions-of-care programs in the emergency department. The interview and columns provide additional insights on effective nurse leadership, development of physician leaders, and evolving payment models for physicians and medical groups.

Our interview with Linda J. Knodel, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Mercy, based in Chesterfield, Missouri, offers insights into how a nurse leader can bring physicians and administrators together to achieve organizational goals. Ms. Knodel shares her thoughts on physician relations, the importance of mentorship, and the future of the nursing profession in the United States.

In our Physician Leadership column, John W. Henson, MD, FACHE, proposes five ideas for developing effective physician leaders. One such idea is to develop alternative pathways for physicians who aspire to leadership roles but do not wish to run a hospital or medical group.

Tawnya Bosko, DHA, and Cami Hawkins, our Value-Based Care columnists, describe evolving physician reimbursement structures and explore key differences between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and alternative payment models.

The role of the MA in primary care settings is gaining importance as healthcare organizations address physician shortages, payment changes, increased patient volumes, and market expectations. Caroline P. Gray, PhD, et al. share findings from a study of a Lean initiative that assigned MAs to flow-manager roles. The researchers recommend ways to overcome challenges in implementing an MA-empowered patient flow initiative, including overcoming status gaps, providing training for MAs and their physician mentors, and recruiting and retaining qualified MAs. …

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