Health care must-reads: Who’s in the C-suite, video games for docs and what CEOs want

Here’s what health care leaders found most interesting last week: Women make up a bigger share of health care’s C-suites than other industries, and video game developers want to help physicians sharpen their skills. The rest of the big picture: CEOs are valuing revenue growth over cost containment, the Senate heard testimony about the forces driving vertical integration, and US drugmakers see opportunity in post-Brexit UK.

More women in health care C suites than other industries

Survey data show women in health care occupy 30% of C-suite-level jobs, compared with 22% across all sectors, according to a McKinsey & Co. report that included data for 33 health care companies. Hiring practices, institutional factors that allow for continued bias against women and workplaces that do not promote inclusivity remain barriers to increasing the number of women in executive roles.

Full Story: FierceHealthcare

Providers practice their skills by playing video games

Chicago game developer Level Ex has some 400,000 medical professionals playing video games based on real cases and designed to help them practice their skills. CEO Sam Glassenberg said it gives clinicians the chance to consider different approaches to serious cases in an environment with no consequences.

Full Story: USA Today

Health care CEOs prize revenue growth over cost containment

The Advisory Board's annual health care CEO survey found 21% of respondents said revenue growth was their top priority, 20% chose population health and accountable care organization strategy, and 13% said cost containment. The Health Care Advisory Board's Rob Lazerow said the survey shows margin management remains a priority, but revenue growth has displaced cost containment as first choice to achieve it.

Full Story: HealthLeaders Media

Prof: Market forces driving health care's vertical integration

Vertical integration of health care companies is driven more by market factors than regulation, Northwestern University associate professor Craig Garthwaite told a US Senate subcommittee. Garthwaite said CVS Health's acquisition of Aetna is compelling and the incentives are aligned for it to work, but professor Thomas Greaney said opponents of the deal have made a plausible case that the combined companies' vertical strength would hurt rivals.

Full Story: HealthLeaders Media

US wants a piece of UK's post-Brexit drug market

The Trump administration hopes to increase sales of US-made drugs to Britain after Brexit and to eliminate assessments by the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence that hold down costs. Drugs in the UK cost about one-third of what they cost in the US.

Full Story: Politico

Tom Parks is a health editor at SmartBrief who focuses on health care, leadership and nursing as well as care at the beginning and end of life. He launched and edits the SmartBrief for Health Care Leaders newsletter.

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