Jim Rice, PhD, FACHE is the Managing Director & Practice Leader of the Governance & Leadership practice of Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc. He focuses his consulting work on strategic governance structures and systems for high performing, tax-exempt health sector organizations and integrated care systems; visioning for health sector and not-for-profit organizations; and leadership development for physicians and medical groups.

Dr. Rice holds master’s and doctoral degrees in management and health policy from the University of Minnesota. He has received the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award, a National Institute of Health Doctoral Fellowship, a US Public Service Trainee in Hospital Management, a Bush Leadership Fellowship at the National University of Singapore, and the American Hospital Association’s Corning Award for excellence in hospital planning. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Dr. Rice has worked in over 34 countries and was recently Global Technical Lead for Governance in a large USAID funded project serving countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Dr. Rice holds faculty positions at The Strathmore School of Business, Nairobi, Kenya; The Advance Institute for Health Services Management in Prague, the Czech Republic; The Judge School of Business, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; and the Program in Health Administration at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. He has lectured at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa; The Thunderbird International School of Management in Arizona; Cornell University; The School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, and Harvard University. He serves on the boards of directors for Children’s HeartLink, an organization committed to building cardiac care capacity in developing countries, and Crescent Cove, a respite and hospice service coordinator for children facing life limiting illnesses.

Featured Presentations

Governing Community Health Partnerships
The journey to population health and value for money contracting requires boards to explore and govern complex community health partnerships wrestling with the social determinants of health. The board and executive leaders explore how best to establish appreciative collaboration with diverse community leaders and other boards from schools, housing, food, faith based organizations, policy and public safety agencies, public health departments, and chambers of commerce. New insights into practical obstacles to such collaboration, and how to minimize them, are explored in these interactive sessions. Concepts and tools from community planning charrettes and innovative strategies from across the US are employed to engage, inspire and focus the strategic thinking and planning for all community leaders. Tangible action plans are developed to ensure good follow-up and follow-through to the strategies and structures needed for sustainable partnering for community health gain and well as health care.

Enhancing Governance Innovation
Board work and board members can grow weary, flat, bored and frustrated with months and years of the same old agendas, conversations, plans, venues, and decision support systems. To break through these constraints, many board and management leaders engage in strategic thinking about “governance innovation,” a collective process of assessing how well the time and talents of board members are being used. They also probe how best to re-engage and re-ignite their enthusiasm for SMART governance processes and systems that are: Stakeholder engaged. Mission driven. Accountability expected. Resource mobilized. Transparency enabled. Governance innovations, tools and guides are mined and leveraged in these sessions from other health systems, hospitals in Europe, and other tax-exempt industries like credit unions, universities and community foundations.

Governing the Physician Enterprise
For a decade, hospitals and health systems have acquired and consolidated big and small physician groups, practices and a wide mix of ambulatory care sites and clinics into a largely inpatient focused care system dedicated to acute injuries and illness. Too often the result is a confusing collection of under performing specialties, personalities, accounting systems and cultures. The clinically integrated system of the future cannot afford the wasted time and money of running a race to population health and cost effective care while dragging along worn-out group practice governance decisions making system and attitudes. Modem health systems are developing modem governance arrangements for the “physician enterprise.”  Many physician co-ventures, clinics and off-balance sheet enterprises must now fit wisely and well within the overall system’s governance structures and systems. Just as care models are needed to guide the many facets and investments of clinical service delivery, now also do we need “governance models” that optimize physician engagement in, ownership of, and enthusiasm for high reliability health care processes and facilities. These sessions map and assess the SWOT of bolder and more effective governance arrangements for the diverse array of physician work, employment and performance for 21st Century health gains and payer influence.

Success at the Intersection of the Work of Board, Executive and Physician Leaders
High performance health systems need high performance collaboration among the leaders of the board, executive team and medical staff. Ten years of work to establish clinically integrated health systems now makes it possible to define the top five obstacles, and how to remove them, to achieve success at the intersection of boards, physicians and managers. Processes and tools to develop and nurture cultures of celebration and high performance are examined in these sessions. Innovative strategies to enhance the relationships of these health system leaders are delivered in a multi-media learning studio created within venues of the health systems.


Speaker Topics

  • Consumerism and Retail Health Care
  • Delivering Value through Delivery System Innovation
  • Future of Health Care
  • Governance
  • Hospital/Physician Relations and Clinical Integration
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Leadership
  • Medical Staff Development
  • Mergers, Affiliations, Partnerships and Networks
  • Organizational Culture
  • Philanthropy
  • Physician Leadership
  • Population Health
  • Rural Health Care
  • Service Excellence
  • Strategic Planning

Speaker Type

  • Breakout Presenter
  • Group Facilitator
  • Keynote Presenter
  • Presentation Moderator
  • Webinar Presenter