Board oversight of community benefit activities may correlate to increased operating performance in community health systems – and a lack of board oversight with respect to community benefit matters may correlate to low performance overall.  A recent report published by Grant Thornton, LLP in 2009 entitled "Governance in High-Performing Community Health Systems: A Report on Trustee and CEO Views" summarizes and analyzes research funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Grant Thornton, LLP which indicates that there are “substantial gaps” between the current state of governance practices at community health systems and accepted tenets of good governance.  The report was authored by Lawrence Prybil, Ph.D., Samuel Levey, Ph.D., Richard Peterson, Ph.D., Dennis Heinrich, MA, Paul Brezinski, Ph.D., Gideon Zamba, Ph.D., Alison Amendola, MBA, James Price, Ph.D. and William Roach, JD.  The report can be downloaded at no cost on the Center for Healthcare Governance website here.
Source: Health Law Alert
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