By Susan N. Hanrahan, ASAHP President
Happy start to the ever present fall semester!!! They seem to materialize like the movie “Groundhog Day” ---- a reoccurring event that launches another academic year. Congrats to all of our new deans reading this issue and congrats to all deans who successfully hired all of the faculty they needed to start the fall in good shape---that dean would not be me however. It seems to get more difficult each year to find talented leaders for our high achieving students. But, thanks to our Leadership Committee (Tina Whalen, Chair), they are planning a concurrent session at the Annual Conference on “faculty recruitment” related to best practices—stay tuned.
Speaking of the Annual Conference, thank you for encouraging your faculty and students to submit abstracts for the Oct 16-18 conference in Charleston, SC. We had a record number of submissions so you will see and hear plenty of scholarly work that is always inspiring and very impressive. We also have a great line up of plenary speakers including General George Casey who will be kicking off the conference talking about leadership and one of our own, Lisa Saladin, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Medical University of South Carolina. In order to keep “ahead of the curve”, we have added speakers from industry, the federal government and others that I think will supply us with ample “food for thought.” I am very excited about our 2019 conference and appreciate the work of our staff, Barb Wallace (BOD) and Barry Eckert (BOD). In addition, we have a Charleston Harbor Cruise scheduled on Wednesday night that will give us plenty of time to network and enjoy the coastline of Charleston. With our business meeting, awards, committee meetings and the rest, it should be another productive time in the life of our Association.
I do want to mention a couple of things that I am sure you have already read about but I want to reinforce. ASAHP had its 2nd annual Summer Summit, this time in St Louis, MO. It was hosted by Kindred Healthcare and St Louis University. Special thanks to Tony Breitbach (IP subcommittee), Julie O’Sullivan Maillet (Clinical Education Task Force) and Barb Wallace (BOD). The team will be presenting the results of the summit at the conference so if you have interest in ICP, be on the lookout for their work. In addition, we would love to have your ideas for our 3rd Summer Summit---particularly any hot topics that we can organize a diverse group of individuals around to advance the subject.
Our partnership with CGFNS has been a very good one especially with our work around setting standards for global certification of rehab health workers. We have had great buy in from a whole host of countries around this topic. Special thanks to Julia ToDuka (CGFNS) and Rich Oliver (ASAHP) for their leadership to date. They have made great progress on this very exciting project in a short period of time. More to come on this!
Lastly, thanks to all who completed the Institutional Profile Survey. Right now we are tweaking the survey in preparation for the data collection period July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019 (or whatever is near your fiscal year). Hopefully we can open the survey in September/early October. The data that has already been submitted is being “cleaned” and reviewed by a third party to ensure validity. The salary data is the most difficult to verify as there seem to be some outliers. As we have mentioned before, the first iteration of a new survey is the most difficult for our institutions as well as the people we have collecting, organizing and confirming the data. Be patient. You will have results soon. Let me know if there is anything that the Association can do to assist you.
Here’s to a great fall semester! Susan Hanrahan, President
CHALLENGES INVOLVED IN DOING THE RIGHT THING
Indicates the importance of providing appropriate health care based on accurate diagnoses. Read More
PRESIDENT’S CORNER—ASAHP MEMBER FOCUS
Susan Hanrahan offers her thoughts on the upcoming ASAHP Annual Conference, the Institutional Profile Survey, and other relevant activities of the Association. Read More
ACCELERATED PACE ON CAPITOL HILL
Describes legislation involving the budget, appropriations, the health workforce, along with telehealth and rural health proposed initiatives. Read More
HEALTH REFORM DEVELOPMENTS
Discusses efforts to enhance quality care in hospitals and the potential impact of reimbursing at Medicare rates on the health insurance exchanges. Read More
DEVELOPMENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Summarizes recent activity by the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, and repeal of the “Gainful Employment” regulation. Read More
QUICK STAT (SHORT, TIMELY, AND TOPICAL)
Aerobic Activity And Time Spent On Sedentary Behavior Among U.S. Adults
Unintentional Injury And Death Rates In U.S. Rural And Urban Areas
Achieving Better Health Care Integration Of Radiology
Manufacture Of Thread-Based Transistors For A Wide Range Of Health Applications Read More
AVAILABLE RESOURCES ACCESSIBLE ELECTRONICALLY
Investing In Interventions That Address Non-Medical, Health-Related Social Needs
Joint Commission Educational Campaign On Preventing Falls
A New Proposed Fix On Long-Term Care Read More
GAP BETWEEN WHAT IS SAID BY PROVIDERS AND HEARD BY PATIENTS
Mentions how health professionals and patients may not always have the same amount of understanding of statements involving treatability. Read More
ASSESSMENT OF ADULT COMPETENCIES
Refers to data from the National Center for Education Statistics on the topic of adult literacy. Read More