Dr LevienACHT Blogs

This section provides an opportunity for our family of health care thought leaders to maintain a robust discourse on issues of importance to patients and to fellow leaders. These discussions complement those occurring during our conferences. All serious people are welcome to participate, member and non-member alike.

Here is a list of our current Blogs. EMAIL david.levien@facht if you wish to host a blog on this site.

Newsletter 33

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Newsletter 32

Board, stockholders, and strategic planning session imminent April 24

ACHT's continuing strong commitment to improving governance and leadership in health care is demonstrated by the exemplary work of our Fellows. Our Board Members, executive team, and some of our most committed Fellows are in the midst of their pre-work on idealized design. This is in preparation for our strategic planning session April 24 at The Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center.

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Newsletter 31

Fellows Earn a free badge in Idealized Design at The ACHT April 24 Strategic Planning Day

Spring is a time of renewal and The American College of Healthcare Trustees is using this season to review its many accomplishments and decide where we are going, using a technique called idealized design.

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Newsletter 30

Brotherly love

As we celebrate Easter or Passover or just enjoy the weekend with family and friends, we contemplate what the mission of the American College of Healthcare Trustees. It is brotherly love. If it were not, why would we want to improve health care?

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Newsletter 29

"Well done is better than well said"- Benjamin Franklin

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing"-Benjamin Franklin

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Newsletter 28

our April 24th, 2018 strategic planning, board of directors, and stockholders meeting is very rapidly approaching and all Fellows are invited.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong"- H. L. Mencken

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Newsletter 18

Asilomar Innovation Conference

This was a landmark week for our Fellows. Registration went live for our November 7-10, 2018 Innovation Conference at Asilomar. Here's what one of our speakers said. "I'm honored and excited to be a speaker for the American College of Healthcare Trustees Healthcare Innovation Conference this Nov. 7-10 

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Newsletter 17

Celebrating our clinicians and all who support them

For the surgeons, physicians, nurses and therapists on call, I have been there and done that for over 30 years and understand the sacrifice you and your families make, working long hours under often stressful conditions while your neighbors are celebrating. I'm confident we all agree that the hardship is counterbalanced by the sacred trust society places in us, a trust we try so hard to merit.

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The overlapping roles of the compliance officer and human resources

an expert speaks

Both the Compliance Officer and Human Resource Management (HRM) play critical roles in any organization’s compliance program, and every compliance officer encounters the blurring of the lines between the two functions frequently. By stepping back, one can see just how much  overlapping  exists.

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The Physician’s Pledge

The Physician’s Pledge

AS A MEMBER OF THE MEDICAL PROFESSION: I SOLEMNLY PLEDGE to dedicate my life to the service of humanity;

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Safety and Quality


Poka-yoke is a Japanese term made part of the Toyota production system lexicon by Shigeo Shingo in the 1960s. The polite definition of this term means mistake proofing or inadvertent error protection while the more expressive but less kind version is idiot proofing or fool proofing.

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Patients must be their own advocate

physicians are highly ethical and conscientious

society is forcing physicians into trying to help patients with complex problems within shorter and shorter time frames and the harsh medico-legal climate often pushes family doctors in the direction of therapeutic nihilism

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Newsletter 11

Value Proposition of Fellowship

Governance is a key factor in organizations and was essentially established to solve the agency problem. Examples in history include medieval town councils, The College of Cardinals, and the jury system. In a for-profit corporation, the executive team must maximize value for shareholders and it's the job of the Board of Directors to make sure they do so.

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