Professor Emeritus of Public and Health Management
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Anthony R. Kovner, Professor Emeritus of Public and Health Management, is an organizational theorist by training. His research interests include health services management and governance. He has been a senior manager in two hospitals, a nursing home, a group practice, and a neighborhood health center, as well as a senior health care consultant for a large industrial union. Professor Kovner has written numerous articles on health services management, evidence-based management, and hospital governance. His books include: Health Care Management in Mind: Eight Careers (Springer, 2000) and Health Care Delivery in the United States 10th edition, coeditor, (Springer 2011).
Professor Kovner has served as a consultant to the New York Presbyterian Hospital & Health Care System, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Montefiore Medical Center, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, among others. He was a board member of the Lutheran Medical Center for 25 years and was the former director for over 15 years of NYU/Wagner's program of health policy and management. Kovner was awarded the Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership in 1999 by Association of Programs in Health Administration.
Professor Kovner received his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MPA from Cornell University.
The article reviews evidence-based management and its implications for practice and teaching. My focus is on strategic decision making in nonprofit organizations. Evidence-based management is a process that includes framing the question, finding evidence, assuring accuracy, applicability, and actionability of evidence until the evidence is the best available.
Careers in health administration continue to grow despite an overall downturn in the economy. This is a field that offers tremendous job opportunities across the spectrum of healthcare delivery and payment organizations. 101 Careers in Healthcare Management is the only comprehensive guide to careers in health administration, ranging from entry-level management positions to the most senior executive opportunities. The guide clearly explains the responsibilities and duties of each of these careers and how they differ from other management jobs. It describes the integral role of healthcare administrators in creating and sustaining the systems that allow healthcare clinicians to do their best work.
The book covers educational requirements, opportunities, traditional and nontraditional career pathways, and helps students assess whether they are temperamentally and intellectually suited to a career in healthcare management. Based on the most current data from the U.S. Department of Labor and professional societies in healthcare management, the guide describes careers in 14 different healthcare and related settings. These include long-term care, physician practices, commercial insurance, consulting firms, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, information technology, and biotechnology. Additionally, the book offers numerous interviews with health administrators, from those in entry-level positions to CEOs, to more vividly portray potential careers.
Slowing the rate of growth of health spending is as critical a goal at the state level as it is at the national level. Philanthropy can hardly address this issue alone, yet it has an obligation to take on big and seemingly intractable problems. The New York State Health Foundation is committed to stimulating innovative and replicable approaches to bending the cost curve.
This article describes how the foundation recently awarded six grants to support efforts related to payment reform, hospital re-admissions, medical malpractice reform, palliative care, and the quantification of other cost containment approaches that could be pursued atthe state level.
Too often in the fast-moving healthcare field, decision makers rely primarily on what has worked before. Evidence-Based Management in Healthcare explains how healthcare leaders can move from making educated guesses to using the best available information to make decisions.
Learn what evidence-based management (EB management) is and how it can focus thinking and clarify the issues surrounding a decision. The book provides a straightforward process for asking the right questions, gathering supporting information from various sources, evaluating the information, and applying it to solve management challenges.
Numerous real-life examples illustrate how the EB management approach is used in a variety of situations, from inpatient bed planning to operating room scheduling to leadership development. These examples also demonstrate the potential costs and benefits of EB management.
How do we understand and also assess the health care of America? Where is health care provided? What are the characteristics of those institutions which provide it? Over the short term, how are changes in health care provisions affecting the health of the population, the cost of care, and access to care? Health Care Delivery in the United States, 8 th Edition discusses these and other core issues in the field. Under the editorship of Dr. Kovner and with the addition of Dr. James Knickman, Senior VP of Evaluation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, leading thinkers and practitioners in the field examine how medical knowledge creates new healthcare services. Emerging and recurrent issues from wide perspectives of health policy and public health are also discussed. With an easy to understand format and a focus on the major core challenges of the delivery of health care, this is the textbook of choice for course work in health care, the handbook for administrators and policy makers, and the standard for in-service training programs.
More and more, healthcare providers are committing to evidenced-based clinical practice as a rational way to deliver care. Rather than make decisions anecdotally, clinicians find that the addition of research provides statistical evidence for their decisions, and thus should result in better, more consistent care. But, what about management decisions? Shouldn't evidence also be sought by hospital executives before making strategic decisions that will affect their organizations? Do not these decisions also affect the quality and safety of patient care? And if so, what is preventing executives from using such evidence before making these decisions? This issue of Frontiers explores these questions from both the research and practitioner points of view. In the feature article, "Evidence-Based Management Reconsidered," Anthony Kovner, PhD (professor of health policy and management at New York University), and Thomas Rundall, PhD (professor of organized health systems at University of California-Berkeley), make the case for why evidence-based health services management (EBHSM) can and should be used. Kovner and Rundall suggest that EBHSM can be applied to core business transactions, as well as to operational and strategic management, and they elaborate on a five-step process for making that happen. Acknowledging that there is little use of the EBHSM approach in the field today, the authors recommend strategies to facilitate greater use of this model.
The three commentaries explore the issues raised in the above articles. All of the authors agree that evidence-based management is an idea whose time has come. From all the "evidence," it has become clear that more often than not clinical errors occur as a result of a system failure-management-type decisions made without the proper knowledge and information. So, what will it take to get EBHSM implemented throughout healthcare? Hopefully, some of the ideas and strategies presented in this issue will get us closer to that goal.
Details the hospital experience of a health professional who underwent cardiac arterial bypass graft on the said urban medical center. Errors or potential errors that were cited in the way that ancillary staff, nurses and even some physicians failed in or neglected their responsibilities, both medical and humane; System failures observed, largely in the provision of nonclinical, so called hotel services; Possible cause of many of the problems identified.
Managers of a healthcare organization have numerous demands on their time, their skills, their knowledge, and their budgets. They are responsible for adapting to change, managing their office, making effective decisions, among countless other tasks.
This textï¿½newly revised to include readings, commentary, and casesï¿½offers a bridge from management theory to the actual world of healthcare management.
Throughout its past editions, Health Services Management has featured the best literature on health services management to help readers understand the role of the manager, organizational design and control, the blending of organization and health professionals, change (adaptation), and responsiveness (accountability). This new edition continues that effort, and features new readings.
The cases take place in a variety of organizations, including a faculty practice, a neighborhood health center, a small rural hospital, an HMO, as well as a variety of other settings.
Managers of a healthcare organization have numerous demands on their time, their skills, their knowledge, and their budgets. They are responsible for adapting to change, managing their office, making effective decisions, among countless other tasks. This text-newly revised to include readings, commentary, and cases-offers a bridge from management theory to the actual world of healthcare management that will help your students learn the role of manager in a healthcare organization.
Throughout its past editions, Health Services Management has featured the best literature on health services management to help learners understand the role of the manager, organizational design and control, the blending of organization and health professionals, change (adaptation), and responsiveness (accountability). This new edition continues that effort, and features new readings and classroom-tested cases.
The cases take place in a variety of organizations, including a faculty practice, a neighborhood health center, a small rural hospital, an HMO, as well as a variety of other settings. This book will prepare your future managers for the multitude of healthcare settings they could face in their careers.
Focuses on the importance of adequate management information for the performance of hospital boards in the United States. Responsibilities of board members in healthcare organizations; Adaptation of organization mission and strategy; Key recommendations to board members and managers.
Explores the concept of evidence-based management, demonstrates how it can enhance health management practice, and introduces an organizational structure for promoting the evidence-based approach. Challenge of making better-informed strategic decisions; Management research in healthcare; Approaches related to evidence-based management; Evidence-based management decision making; Case vignettes.
Learn the professional and personal skills necessary to succeed as a healthcare executive. This book covers everything from finding your niche to working with clinicians. Topics covered include: * Where health services managers work * How to build an ideal career * What skills make a good manager * How to manage physicians, boards, and others * How to advance within an organization and within the industry
Explores approaches in improving the effectiveness of nonprofit hospitals' boards of trustees as shown by the Alpha Health Care System and Beta Hospital. Kellogg project on effective governance; Factors influencing changes; Board assessment; Initiation of board development; Importance of time management; Chief executive officer's support to strengthen board effectiveness.
Examines a demonstration program to develop skills and experience for middle managers ar a mid-sized urban hospital in the United States. Background information on the management development program at the New York Downtown Hospital; Participation by middle and senior management; Program curriculum; Program weaknesses, opportunities, threats; Recommendations for replication.
This case examines the expanding role of managed care programs in improving health care for the poor while controlling runaway health care costs. The case asks what the commissioner of health in a large eastern state should do to effectively monitor Medicaid managed care programs in her state. The commissioner faces intense pressures for cost containment and strong, but not universal, support for the managed care solution to health care cost problems. The commissioner is herself concerned that the cost savings attributed to managed care may not be real and that the unintended effects on health care may be adverse. Her immediate challenge is to determine what kinds of data she should require service providers to submit to her agency so that she may effectively monitor managed care programs for health care quality, provide positive feedback to health care providers, and establish politically credible program oversight.