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April 04, 2014


Hello ASHHRA and IFD Members:

ASHHRA Webinar and 50th Anniversary Annual Conference
Webinar: Using Competencies to Drive Performance
Date: April 9
Time: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, 12 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ET
Presenter: Mary Saily, director-PwC Saratoga
Price: Free
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In this presentation, "Using Competencies to Drive Performance and Build Culture," PwC Saratoga will cover different approaches to building an organization-specific competency model, practical tips for which approach works best in different situations, multiple uses of competencies (hiring, performance management, 360s, career development, etc.), case study examples of how organizations have used competencies to communicate performance expectations and build a desired culture and measuring the impact of competencies.

Join speaker, Mary Saily for this virtual educational event. Ms. Saily joined PwC Saratoga as a director in November 2013 as a result of her prior firm, HumanR, being acquired by PwC. In this role, she is responsible for business development as well as serving as a project leader on selected client engagements. Previously, Ms. Saily was with HumanR since 1985, and was named CEO in 2004. In addition to her management responsibilities, she also served as a project leader on consulting assignments involving senior leaders in client organizations.

Ms. Saily has led numerous employee engagement surveys and is experienced in survey design, data analysis and facilitation of executive action planning. She also has expertise in competency modeling, performance management and 360 assessment. In addition, she has developed and facilitated hundreds of training programs in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service and 360 feedback.

This event has been submitted for HRCI CEUs. Register Now

Webinar: Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective Hospital Medicine Group
Date: April 17
Time: 12:00 p.m. PT, 1:00 p.m. MT, 2:00 p.m. CT, 3:00 p.m. ET
Price: Free and available to AHA and SHM members Register Now
60 minute webinar with live Q&A

What makes a hospital medicine group (HMG) effective? How can your hospitalists improve their performance? For the first time ever, new guidelines from the experts in the field can help hospital executives and HMGs evaluate their performance. With the continuing growth of the specialty of hospital medicine, the capabilities and performance of HMGs varies significantly.

In February, the Society for Hospital Medicine (SHM) published “The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG” as a guide for HMG self-improvement in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. This webinar will review the published principles and characteristics and offer practical applications to hospital leaders. “The Key Principles and Characteristics of an Effective HMG” has been designed to be aspirational, helping to raise the bar for the hospital medicine specialty. These principles and characteristics provide a framework for HMGs seeking to conduct self-assessments, outlining a pathway for improvement and better defining the central role of hospitalists in coordinating team-based, patient-centered care in the acute care setting.

About the Physician Leadership Forum: As part of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) ongoing mission to improve the health of patients and communities, AHA introduced the Physician Leadership Forum to engage and partner with physicians to collaboratively advance excellence in patient care. AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum also seeks to gather input from physicians to inform AHA policy and advocacy efforts while advancing physician leadership within the health care delivery system. Questions: Contact Dan Paloski at (312) 422-2914 or

About the Society of Hospital Medicine: Representing the fastest growing specialty in modern health care, the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) is the leading medical society for more than 44,000 hospitalists and their patients. SHM is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care for all hospitalized patients and overall excellence in the practice of hospital medicine through quality improvement, education, advocacy and research. Over the past decade, studies have shown that hospitalists can contribute to decreased patient lengths of stay, reductions in hospital costs and readmission rates and increased patient satisfaction. For more information about SHM and hospital medicine, visit

Register Today – The ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition
Registration is open for the annual conference to be held this year in Chicago, Ill., from September 27-30. As this year is the 50th anniversary of the ASHHRA annual conference, the theme will be “Honoring our Past/Preparing for our Future.” Debbi Fields, founder, baker, chief cookie lover and former chairman of Mrs. Fields Cookies, and Bill Rancic, winner of “The Apprentice,” are among the keynote speakers. All health care HR practitioners, consultants, students and retirees are encouraged to attend. As a reminder, non-member registration INCLUDES one year of ASHHRA membership, and ASHHRA members can renew their membership with registration.

Register for the ASHHRA 50th Annual Conference & Exposition here. For information about sponsorship opportunities, please click here. For information about exhibiting at the conference, click here or contact Doreen Bonnema at 312-541-0567, X653 or at

IFD Webinar, Summer Enrichment Program and National Leadership & Education Conference
Summer Enrichment Program Enrollment Open Now
Intern matching has begun for the 2014 Summer Enrichment Program (SEP), the Institute’s 10-week summer immersive internship program for academically-strong, minority graduate students. This program provides hospitals the opportunity to increase diversity in health care management by offering minority graduate students full-time work experience in some of the nation’s top health care facilities. More than 700 students have successfully completed the SEP program since the Institute’s inception in 1994. For more information about the SEP, including opportunities for discounted administration fees, click here or contact Chris O. Biddle, membership and education specialist, at (312) 422-2658 or at

Register Today – 2014 National Leadership & Education Conference
Registration is open for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management’s (Institute) 2014 National Leadership and Education Conference, June 12 - 13, 2014, in Chicago, Ill. The Institute’s biennial conference is the premier health services conference on managing diversity. Senior health care executives, human resource directors, diversity specialists, consultants, trustees and others examine leadership opportunities for ethnic and racial minorities in health management and explore recruitment and retention strategies. Over the course of two days, the Institute's conference provides leadership development in diversity management, insight on designing and effectively managing diversity programs, valuable resources and tools for health care organizations, succession planning and more. As a reminder, Institute members can receive up to $200* off each conference registration, as well as access to an exclusive, members-only interactive event.

To register for the 2014 National Conference, click here. For more information about the conference, including opportunities for sponsorship, please click here or contact Jetaun Mallett, manager of operations and business development, at 312-422-2692 or at

*(Based on priority member registration vs. late non-member registration.)



Why diverse teams create better work
A diverse workplace might ultimately create better results, a new study suggests. The study, detailed by NPR, looks at the work of scientific researchers and finds that papers written by multicultural teams were cited in other research more often than those written by homogenous groups. In the world of research, citations are seen as a metric of quality. Ethnic diversity wasn't the only harbinger of success. The same study also found that groups with members from geographic areas--perhaps three cities in the same country--also created better papers than those with members from the same place.
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The case for team diversity gets even better
Harvard Business Review Blog Network
We know intuitively that innovation goals are well served by cross-functional “SWAT” teams that are diverse in their membership. As Andy Zynga argued in an earlier post, diversity is a means to overcome the cognitive biases that prevent people from seeing new approaches or engaging them when found. But while this seems only logical, is there empirical evidence to support it? When such diversity is enforced, can we expect it to produce results? How do we know “more is better”?
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Reliance on recruitment intuition harms diversity
Human Resources Magazine
Managers are increasingly turning their back on recruitment tools such as psychometrics and relying on gut instinct. This could lead to a lack of diversity as people tend to hire candidates that match their own image, new research has found.
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  Rely on AHIP for Health Insurance Education

Whether you’re just entering the field or brushing up on your skills, AHIP’s online courses and professional designations will help improve job skills and performance. Benefit from innovative courses focused on current health care trends and policies, including training on: exchanges, Medicare, health care IT and ACA compliance.

Flexing toward diversity
Diversity Executive
The art of switching between leadership styles to communicate with and lead people who are different from you is one of best leadership skills to have in today’s diverse, global workplace, as discussed in this interview with Audrey S. Lee and Jane Hyun, authors of “Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences.”
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Diversity defines our global economy. Do you speak the language?
Today, there exists a new and more promising form of globalization, one based on cultural respect, sensitivity and inclusion. Diversity has passed from the legal obligation phase to enlightenment -- where being different is embraced as positive.
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  Fast, Efficient Staffing for Special Projects

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How to remove gender bias from the hiring process
Are you aware of your own gender bias when you're hiring? A recent study, published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that managers of both sexes are twice as likely to hire a man as a woman. The study, conducted by business-school professors from Columbia University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago, asked male and female managers to recruit people to handle simple mathematical tasks. The applicants had equal skills, but managers of both genders were more likely to hire men.
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The hidden reason women aren't making it to the top
How to “work around” gender bias? There are two critical first steps. First, leaders need to raise organizational attention to its existence. Second, they must implement transparent and objective recruitment and performance evaluation systems to override the unconscious and subtle ways bias impacts talent assessment. Doing so is not a matter of “fairness.” It is one of strategic talent management.
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  One Day, One Thousand Tests

"We were able to screen 1,011 people—that’s 1/3 of our employees—in just one day through the SPOTLIGHT™ Event…which means we gain the time to pay attention to other programs that make a difference in the health and wellness of employees.” Visit to learn more.

Push is on against long-term-unemployment discrimination
Human Resource Executive Online
With momentum picking up nationwide in the quest to eradicate discrimination against the long-term unemployed, employers are being advised to take the necessary steps to make sure they're on the right side of the issue, and the law. The latest call to arms in this war against such discrimination came Feb. 19, when the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of about $150 million in grants to prepare and place those facing long-term unemployment into jobs.
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