Speaker Kenneth Cohn Dr. Kenneth Cohn - Healthcare Collaboration

To the best of his knowledge, Dr. Cohn is the only practicing general surgeon/MBA in the US who speaks and consults on physician-hospital relations; he demonstrates ways that collaboration boosts revenues, cuts expenses, and improves clinical outcomes


  • Communication
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  • Leadership
  • Medical/Dental
  • Performance Improv.


$8000 - $14500

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Dr. Kenneth Cohn - Healthcare Collaboration

He is on the teaching faculty of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Estes Park Institute, Healthcare Roundtable, The Governance Institute, and New England College

His four books, Better Communication for Better Care, Collaborate for Success, The Business of Healthcare, and Getting It Done have sold over 5,000 copies

He won the Dean Conley Award in 2009, from the American College of Healthcare Executives, for the best article in a healthcare management publication, “The Tectonic Plates Are Shifting: Cultural Change vs. Mural Dyslexia”

He has facilitated improvement efforts at community hospitals in the Yale, Banner Colorado, Santa Barbara Cottage, Sutter Sacramento, and University of Maryland Health systems

Physicians enjoy learning from fellow practicing physicians. Dr. Cohn uses his gift of actively listening to physicians and translating their complaints into an action plan that helps hospital leaders and physicians to depersonalize differences in their background and training and to focus on improving care for their communities:

New: The Zen of Physician Engagement

Does change feel like failure when you’re in the middle of it?

Do you struggle to articulate a vision for the future that results in your clinical workforce becoming more engaged?

Do you welcome the assistance of someone who can interact with your medical staff to help you move forward in the midst of uncertainty?

In Dr Cohn’s Zen of Physician engagement talk, participants will learn:

What makes physician engagement challenging

How to build a culture of collaboration from the ground up

How we can overcome the frustrations of rapid disruptive change to develop a virtuous cycle of improved practice environment, better clinical and financial outcomes, easier recruitment and retention, and the development of outstanding people and programs

Dr. Cohn is a nationally known thought leader in hospital-physician relations with a passion for applying strategies, tactics, and tools to engage physicians to improve organizational performance. His track record of success in putting together stimulating programs that anticipate physicians’ and hospitals’ needs will boost your standing with your medical staff and your brand image in your community.

New: 21st Century Healthcare Economics: How Will My Practice Change?

Are disgruntled doctors becoming a larger and more vocal part of your workforce?

Are you facing challenges in moving from fee-for-service to more quality-based outcomes?

Do you need authentic physician engagement now more than ever?

Can your physicians benefit from learning communication and teamwork skills from a fellow practicing physician that they were not taught during medical school, residency, or fellowship training?

Outline of the talk

Using the classic Greek definition of economics as getting one’s house in order and building community, Dr. Cohn poses the scenarios of fee-for-service ending, bundled payments increasing, and documentation and transparency becoming destiny.

He makes a case for why we need to act now and then paves the way for fellow practicing physicians to build on their leadership styles and work more interdependently in complex environments where (like child-rearing) doing things the same way does not necessarily lead to the same, predictable outcomes.

He asks them to reflect on what they do well, the benefits they provide, and the areas of their life that are passion-driven as a way to reinvent themselves and reconnect with what led them to pursue careers in healthcare in the first place

Participants will learn:

Possible responses to disruptive change

Leadership skills that build team cohesion

A framework for finding one’s niche

Peak performance skills for moving beyond malaise

At the end of a presentation, seven different healthcare professionals came up and thanked him, all using the same adjective, “inspirational.”

For Organizations in the Post-Acute Space: The Playbook for Partnering with Hospitals in an Era of Outcomes-Based Payment Reform

For post-acute organizations seeking a practicing physician conversant with what organizations need to do to provide more coordinated, cost-effective care, Dr. Cohn was invited to speak at the LTC-100 conference on long-term care issues and at the annual meeting of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA). Building on decades of experience as a practicing surgeon and several months of experience with his mother in assisted living, Dr. Cohn provides the following overview which he supplements with lively stories from the field.

What Hospitals Seek in Long-Term Care Providers

Aligned mission, vision, and values

Commitment to quality and patient safety

Customized, patient-focused experiences

Risk-sharing that improves patient care

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