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 45

The American College of Healthcare Trustees works to eliminate silos

In its' quest to support good decision-making in health care, The American College of Healthcare Trustees works to eliminate silos and stimulate cross-pollination to help our Fellows exercise meta-leadership. The following blog was published recently by the telehealth company, VSee.

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Newsletter 44

In addition to putting the finishing touches on the November 7th to 10th disruptive innovation conference at the historic and beautiful Asilomar (refuge-by-the-sea), the staff at the American College

In addition to putting the finishing touches on the November 7th to 10th disruptive innovation conference at the historic and beautiful Asilomar (refuge-by-the-sea), the staff at the American College of Healthcare Trustees is working hard to continuously increase value for four Fellows. The American College of Healthcare Trustees and One Pass Access Management Solutions and Purchasing Connections have developed a strategic relationship which is much more than a sponsorship.

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Newsletter 43

Historic Asilomar I and II

The lofty status of the Asilomar Conference and the deliberative process it spawned stems from its success in identifying, evaluating and ultimately mitigating the perceived risks of recombinant DNA. Looking back now, this unique conference marked the beginning of an exceptional era for science and for the public discussion of science policy.

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Newsletter 42

Looking back, looking forward

It is good to recount our past conference and one of our future ones

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Newsletter 41

Happy fathers day

We celebrate all of our fathers, this fathers day, and all of our mothers, too, as well as our Fellows and friends who have ever mentored someone.

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Newsletter 40

The American College of Healthcare Trustees is entering the summer months with ongoing enthusiastic, passionate activity.

The American College of Healthcare Trustees is entering the summer months with ongoing enthusiastic, passionate activity. Contributing to the triple aim of increased quality and safety, improved patient experience, and financial sustainability is a goal worth working for. The ACHT does this by providing opportunities for all of us to learn and grow as leaders and to document our efforts, establishing our bona fides, and enhancing promotability.

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Newsletter 39

New fellows, new executives, new badges, new relationships

The American College of Healthcare Trustees has been extremely busy this Spring with the addition of two executives, and about four or five fellows in the last week or two. We have unveiled the look of our new badges which will be conferred upon those learners who participate in both our physical and online courses.

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Newsletter 38

Memorial Day is for honoring Members of our Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice

Memorial day is for honoring the brave members of the Armed Forces who died serving America.

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Newsletter 37

Democratization of education

Those fellows and Friends who have been with us for quite some time know that the pillars of our curriculum, our educational efforts, consist of compliance, ethics, quality and safety, the principles of governance, risk management, information technology, human resources, health law, business decision making, and innovation. We stress disruptive innovation as a tool to achieve the triple aim of high quality, person centered, and sustainable health care. We have such been immersed in ideas like artificial intelligence, deep learning, the Internet of Things, telehealth, wearables, and blockchain.

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Newsletter 36

We promote ethical, effective governance and leadership

Our educational endeavors are geared toward what corporate board members need to know to ask the executive team the proper questions. That is far from intending that all of our Fellows be corporate board members. This level of knowledge is very helpful to community members serving on their local parent-teacher association, school board, or city council. In fact, town council's are one of the best examples of governance, most specifically, the town of Ipswich in the United Kingdom, because extensive records of that town are available.

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Newsletter 35

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Newsletter 34

We were privileged to have our strategic planning meeting facilitated by our own Dr. Carl Middleton, our SVP for Ethics and Board Member.

We were privileged to have our strategic planning meeting facilitated by our own Dr. Carl Middleton, our SVP for Ethics and Board Member. It followed our stockholders and Board Meeting and was held at The Johns Hopkins Mt. Washington Conference Center.

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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

ONE LEG OF THE TRIPLE AIM

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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