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"John Hammergren is one of America's best CEOs, and his new book, Skin in the game, makes a strong statement about the serious issue of health care reform. Moreover, he does so with clear thinking, contagious optimism, and a refreshing, pragmatic approach that can be readily understood." - Mark Hurd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

"I have believed for a long time that American health care is not in crisis-rather it is a call to action for leadership. this is a book with just that message-well done!" - Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Sothern California; coauthor of Judgment

"John Hammergren's prescription for addressing America's health care crisis is a  clear, well thought-out mandate founded on pragmatism: leverage existing technology and the free market to cut costs, improve quality, and put the patient back in charge. Brilliant and achievable!" - Paul Otellini, Chief Executive Officer, Intel Corporation

"Our nation's health care is everybody's business. John Hammergren and Phil Harkins showcase the future of the health care industry through candid interviews, compelling research, and an unwavering commitment to uncover the truth about what lies ahead." - Michael Treacy, coauthor of The Discipline of Market Leaders

"As the leader of the nation's largest health care company with ties to all parts of the complex U.S. health care system. John Hammergren is in a unique position to describe the challenges we face and what we can do about them. His book is insightful, challenging, and persuasive, and a valuable addition to the debate about the future of the critically important sector that represents on sixth of the U.S. economy." - David M. Lawrence, MD, MPH Chairman and CEO (retired), Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470262788
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 557,750
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

John Hammergren is CEO of McKesson Corporation, the Fortune 18 health care services Leader. McKesson serves customers at every point of health care and is helping transform the industry into a modern, efficient, and quality-driven system. McKesson has seen industry-leading performance under Hammergren's leadership. During his tenure, the company has more than doubled its revenues and experienced a cultural and business renewal. Hammergren is an HP board member and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership.

Phil Harkins is CEO of linkage, a global organizational development company. He is the co-chair of the global organizational for Leadership Development, hailed as the number-one leadership development program in the world. Harkins has written more than ten books, including the Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Wins and The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching (both published by Wiley), as well as Powerful Conversations. Harkins has recently been noted as one of the 100 most recognized thought leaders by Leadership Excellence.

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Table of Contents



Introduction. A Thousand Miles of Health Care and the Last Two Feet.

Chapter 1. Unmanaged Care.

Chapter 2. From Tree Bark to Roots to Bar Codes and Robotic Arms.

Chapter 3. Why We Go to the Hospital Today And Why We Will Go There Less Often in the Future.

Chapter 4. The Doctor Will See You Now.

Chapter 5. Accounting for Care.

Chapter 6. How Technology is Putting the Patient at the Center of Care.

Chapter 7. The Blueprint for Change.

Appendix A. Helpful Websites, Tips, Resources and Guidelines for Educating Yourself.




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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    Not worth your time

    To quote Hammergren in his scorecard in the 'blueprint for change' I rate this book an F-. He keeps equating health care with commercialized industries such as the airlines. How absurd. What we need to do is take the commercialization out of healthcare.

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