HealthLeaders Media Quotes Sally LaFond in “C-Suite Compensation Remains Taboo”

Compensation is usually a taboo conversation in every industry. Interestingly, health care leaders don't mind talking about how they calculate physician salaries, but don't ask them to chat about how they calculate their own. That conversation quickly runs dry.


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OIG Issues Advisory Opinion Regarding Physician On-Call Pay

A key factor noted in the opinion is that, based on an independent valuation, the hospital certified that the per diem rates are commercially reasonable and fair market value for the services provided.


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Governance Institute Publishes “Assessing Compensation Advisor Independence” by Tim Cotter

Although the rule does not apply to not-for-profit health care and was not written with this sector in mind, it provides helpful guideposts for such organizations given the potential for governance-related "spillover" from the public company sector. Compensation committees in the not-for-profit health care sector would be well-advised to consider the extent to which applying the prescribed compensation advisor independence factors would strengthen their decision-making process, as conflicts of interest (real or perceived) can compromise an effective executive compensation governance process.


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Kathy Hastings and Sally LaFond Contribute to HealthLeaders Media Article, “Volume, Value and Compensation Metrics”

Though few external benchmark resources are available to help create the guiding metrics, boards continue to try to shift away from rewarding solely on organization-wide financial performance and move toward incentivizing for quality and patient satisfaction. Ultimately, though, fiscal goals still dominate when it comes to incentivizing the C-suite.


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Reviewing Executive Benefits

Meeting budget expectations is a very important goal for any not-for-profit organization. However, to run a successful organization – both from a mission and financial standpoint – keeping a strong leadership team is an important goal as well. Therefore, while executives experience the impact of broadbased benefits cost-reduction initiatives, maintaining an attractive, competitive compensation program for executives is key.


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Structure of Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP) Benefits

Hospitals and health systems face many of the same issues as employers in other industries when qualified retirement benefits are considered.


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SullivanCotter Co-Sponsors “Governance in Large Nonprofit Health Systems” Study

Developed by the Commonwealth Center for Governance Studies, Inc. at the University of Kentucky, this extensive study examines current profile and emerging patterns.


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SullivanCotter’s Article “Life Insurance Versus Traditional Deferred Compensation Designs: 7 Key Questions” Published in Becker’s Hospital Review

Every once in a while, a new life insurance product or approach enters the market that will revolutionize our thinking. More often, an existing concept is repackaged and promoted as something that will revolutionize our thinking. How can you differentiate between the two?


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David Cohn describes “Fiduciary Responsibilities: Understanding the Risks” in Enrolled Actuaries Report

The Summer 2012 issue of Enrolled Actuaries Report includes an article written by SullivanCotter Principal David Cohn which summarizes topics discussed during Session 702 at the Enrolled Actuaries Meeting.


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Kim Mobley quoted in American Medical News article, “Hospital Hiring of Physicians Picks Up Steam”

How health systems also are looking at ways to hold onto their existing doctors.


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7 Trends for NonProfit Hospital Executives Salaries

As of late, there has been heightened scrutiny around the salaries and compensation packages of non-profit hospital executives


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Where are Physician Salaries Heading? 5 Current Trends

As more physicians are becoming hospital-employed, will cost reductions and physician alignment come at the expense of physician compensation?


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How Hospital Executives Can Use Performance, Negotiations to Increase Earning Power

Hospital executive compensation is largely based on comparisons with similar positions in similar organizations.


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Five Things to Consider in Completing Form 990: Tips from an Expert

A guest blog post by Warren Kerper, Managing Principal in the Boston office of SullivanCotter, appearing on Verrill Dana, LLP's Benefits Law Update.


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Health Care On-Call Pay Continues To Rise

Most clinicians who provide call coverage for a hospital, whether employed by that hospital or not, have seen increases in pay for providing this service, according to the 2010 Physician On-Call Pay Survey Report, based on the sixth annual survey from compensation consultancy SullivanCotter.


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Competitive Physician Compensation Models

Published in Healthcare Financial Management: Healthcare financial executives need to understand valuation methodology to ensure legal and regulatory compliance.


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Dodd-Frank: The Spillover Impact on Nonprofit Healthcare

Published in Health Lawyers Weekly: Let’s get this straight at the top: Dodd-Frank does not specifically apply to nonprofit healthcare.


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