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Estes Park Institute Senior Fellow for Health Care Financial Planning & Governance.

This Program Path began an interactive discussion about the governance challenges boards are facing in an industry that is rapidly transforming and how hospitals and physicians are working together on solutions that provide leadership and governance beyond the four walls of the hospital. Attendees had the opportunity to explore how governance relates to physicians, providers and new governance models. John Horty helped participants to understand that leadership must create a culture where employed physicians are valued as central to the hospital’s future. Dr. Andrew Ziskind reinforced how this will contribute to effectively managing population health through clinically integrated networks, affiliations and collaboratives. The metrics that boards need to support quality, lower cost and improved health were introduced.

Steve Tringale discussed the Board’s considerations when hospitals make the big decision whether to affiliate, merge or stay independent. Communication expert, Steve Rivkin, discussed how to handle crises and other high-profile situations in which the community may need to be reassured by the calming presence of level-headed board members. The discussion continued with Jim Kopf presenting what board members should know relating to the risk areas of new compliance challenges, fiduciary responsibility, and how to adhere to the changing regulatory and compliance protocols. John Tiscornia concluded with the importance of the Board providing not only strategic oversight but also strategic leadership demonstrating that the board has a major role in developing a change management culture. The conversation will continue at Estes Park Institute as the board’s roles and responsibilities continue to change and evolve.