ERIC Number: ED448667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of the New Health Care World.
Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.
This report focuses on strategies documented by the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on Academic Health Centers (AHCs) concerning AHCs' management of patient care and research missions. Whatever challenges AHCs face in the future, their ability to respond effectively will be determined by the quality of their governance and management. To improve their capabilities, AHCs are adopting organizational reforms, including unified clinical and academic governance, increased autonomy for the clinical enterprise, reforms in faculty governance, mission management, and improved information systems. To date, AHCs have devoted relatively little attention to leadership development. Most of their time and energy has been directed toward designing reforms to enhance their clinical market share while reducing clinical costs. Strategies to this end include developing primary care capabilities and protecting specialty care markets. Virtually every AHC has made efforts to reduce costs over the last decade, and some have turned to strategies to reduce dependence on the clinical enterprise. AHCs must continue to support research activities, attracting new sources of funding and improving the management of research funds and activities. In spite of all their efforts, AHCs have missed some important opportunities to increase their competitiveness and efficiency. Development of the capacity for innovation is essential for the future success of AHCs. (Contains 66 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Administration, Health Services, Higher Education, Medical Education, Program Evaluation, Strategic Planning, Teaching Hospitals
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.