AMA-led partnership launches quality care equity and mentorship initiative

the American Medical Association (WADA), Brigham and Women’s Hospitaland the Mixed Commission are partnering in a mentorship program to help healthcare systems deliver equitable care, in today’s short stories about hospitals and the healthcare industry in Florida, Illinois and Massachusetts .

  • Florida: Physicians Regional Health System on May 2 announced that employees were eligible for new benefits to help them pay off existing student debt, further their education and advance their careers, a measure aimed at recruiting and retaining employees. Under the Student Loan Repayment Program, employees can consolidate their loans, reduce interest rates, and receive employer-sponsored payments. Overall, the program will offset student loan balances up to $20,000 for each employee. In addition, new employees can benefit from a license and certification renewal reimbursement program to help them obtain any license, certification, testing or renewal that the hospital does not already provide. The health system has also expanded a tuition reimbursement program that reimburses each employee up to $5,000 tax-free per year. (Plescia, Becker Hospital Review05/19)
  • Illinois: AMA, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Joint Commission announced Thursday a year-long mentorship and networking program aimed at improving health outcomes for marginalized populations and advancing racial justice for healthcare workers and surrounding communities. The group will work with health systems to remove social and structural barriers to patient-centered care. According to the announcement, Atlantic Medical Group, Ochsner Medical Center, Philadelphia Children’s Hospitalthe Dana-Farber Cancer Institutethe University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinicsthe University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Centerand the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics will be included in the first cohort. “Over the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed systemic inequities in the quality and safety of the patient care experience, including gaps in interpretation services, access to telemedicine and crisis care standards,” said WADA President Gerald Harmon. (Devereaux, PA/Modern Health Care05/19)
  • Massachusetts: Athenahealth appointed John Hofmann as its new chief financial officer, effective May 23. Hoffman, who has held a number of operational, financial and corporate strategy positions during his 25-year career, most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of Omnitracs, a fleet management and transportation technology company. He succeeds Luis Borgen, who retired on April 29. “I am honored to join the incredible team at Athenahealth,” said Hofmann. “I share the company’s commitment to innovation and its focus on delivering software and technology solutions that improve physician productivity, patient engagement and healthcare outcomes. look forward to working with the many dedicated and talented people across the organization to further realize the goals of the company’s mission to transform the delivery of healthcare.(Plescie, Becker’s Health IT05/23)

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