ISSUES CONFRONTING HOSPITALS
January 8, 2003In
November 2002, the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) conducted
a survey of 984 hospital CEOs to determine the three most pressing issues
for their organizations. Of the 12 issues listed in the survey*, 71 percent
of respondents identified personnel shortages as the highest concern,
followed by issues related to reimbursement (65 percent) and malpractice
insurance (31 percent).
of the top three issues, respondents were asked to identify specific areas
of concern facing their hospital. For CEOs who selected 'personnel shortages'
as one of their top three concerns, following are the shortages causing
the greatest alarm:
nurses - 90%
technicians - 69%
- Lab technicians
specialists - 31%
asked to select from the following issues: Personnel shortages, Reimbursement,
Malpractice insurance, Governmental mandates, Physician-hospital relations,
Capacity, Care for the uninsured, Patient safety, Technology, Patient
satisfaction, Quality indicators, and Biodisaster preparedness.
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an interview with a representative of ACHE, contact Edelman,
on behalf of the American College of Healthcare Executives,
at (312) 240-3370.