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 20

for our Fellows and Friends

.In this newsletter we would like to highlight another one of our amazing speakers for our Innovation Conference. For the last 16 years, Mike Ryan has served as Chairman of The Board of Directors of The Executive Impact Group, an advisory firm in San Francisco serving investors, boards, CEOs, founders, VCs, PE, HF, especially in growth and transitioning companies in healthcare, wellness, eHealth, life sciences, medicine, biotech, medical devices, technology industries world-wide

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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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American Health Care Act

Shows great potential

Our Pres. and Congress made an important first step, the evening of March 6, 2017 in restoring American healthcare to a state of sanity. It is important to remember that it is the outcome, the result, that is of interest to Americans, not the intricacies of the legislative process or the method of funding. I am confident that our leaders will develop and pass a bill that will survive the reconciliation process and enable good decisions to be made where the rubber meets the road

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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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