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Texas Hospitals Commit to Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Earlier this year, THA endorsed Collective Medical Technologies to help hospital emergency departments better identify patients who might be inappropriately seeking an opioid prescription. More on the endorsement and how Collective works with hospitals is available from THA’s Solutions podcast.This endorsement is one of several ways THA’s is committed to helping Texas hospitals take a proactive leadership role in being a part of the solution to reduce opioid misuse and abuse. Through...
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Turning Down the Heat on Rising Labor Costs

In a recent edition of Modern Healthcare, three chief financial officers highlight a growing trend that has suddenly spiked and taken a toll on hospital operational expenses -- labor costs."We're having more vacancies within nursing and within physician positions across the network," said Todd Keating, CFO for University of Vermont Health Network Burlington. "The problem with that is we have to replace them with (temporary staffing and overtime) costs that are anywhere from 40...
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Setting yourself apart as a leader means stepping up as a teacher

Too often, management is seen as task managing. Step-by-step process management that is more akin to ruling and dictating than it is with actually leading. The best managers bring a flavor of insight that can be meaningful for the teams they manage, and they can get into the real nervous system of their organizations by looking deeply at behaviors that are driving the key members of their teams. Doing so provides a layer of introspection, but more importantly, it provides teams wi...
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About the Author

Lance Lunsford Lance Lunsford is the president/CEO of HealthShare and THA chief marketing/business development officer. In his multifaceted role, Lunsford oversees THA’s member communications, marketing, advocacy communications, and business development. At HealthShare, he leads the for-profit THA subsidiary that collaborates with more than 50 THA-endorsed companies. Prior to joining THA, Lunsford served UMC Health System in Lubbock, Texas, as director of corporate marketing. Lunsford has a master’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University.