Chief Healthcare Executive’s top management stories of 2021

Over the past year, CHE examined the challenges of vaccine mandates, payments, staffing, and improving data and technology. Check out these stories from the past year.

Healthcare leaders continued to be tested by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

In the past 12 months, Chief Healthcare Executive examined some of those challenges and how health system leaders can meet the moment. These stories illustrate ways executives can tackle daunting challenges and find new opportunities to serve their patients.

This is also the first of a series of stories looking back at CHE's most popular stories and features of 2021. Each day through Dec. 31, we'll look at the most well-read stories of a remarkable year in the healthcare industry.

5. The rapidly shifting patient financial journey and key considerations for health systems

Many people delay seeking treatment for health issues because they’re not sure how they’ll pay for it. Shannon Burke, senior vice president, general manager of health systems at CareCredit, spells out the potential of flexible and convenient payment solutions to help improve patient satisfaction.

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4. Addressing operational challenges with a hospitalist staffing partner

Partnering with a multi-specialty healthcare management company can help hospitals maintain the highest quality care while gaining improved operational efficiencies — both of which are critical in the journey toward post-pandemic recovery. Doug Mitchel, co-founder and chief executive officer at Adfinitas Health, offers insight on looking at staffing challenges in new ways.

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3. Your legacy EHR data is at risk: The case for proactive information archival

Data archiving is a critical component to a health system’s overall data and risk management strategy. The more data we have, the greater the burden to manage it properly. Otherwise, legal, clinical and financial consequences of poor legacy data management will escalate. This piece offers advice on updating data archiving strategy.

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2. The case for direct-to-employer healthcare solutions

Direct contract arrangements between a provider system and an employer can produce cost savings. Developing a direct-to-employer product means fully understanding the market. What gaps in care or access can be filled? Is the health system brand and reputation recognized in the employer community? Troy Williams, vice president of health system partnerships for First Choice Health, outlines the possibilities and what leaders should consider.

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1. Infectious disease expert Dr. Hilary Babcock addresses vaccine mandates in healthcare settings

Hilary Babcock, an  infectious disease specialist at Washington University and BJC Healthcare in St. Louis, Missouri, spoke with Chief Healthcare Executive about a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, as well as other vaccine mandates in healthcare settings. Babcock said healthcare workers signed up to look out for the health of themselves and others, and getting vaccinated is part of that job.

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Coming tomorrow: The most CHE popular podcasts of 2021