The Pitfalls of Politics for Healthcare Executives

Keeping political opinions discreet is common sense, but hospital executives are facing added scrutiny from employers and board members. A recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review provides a helpful refresher course on the potential pitfalls of party politics: “CEOs considering a career move might see their political agenda come into question. It’s naive to think board members aren’t cognizant of politics when searching for a new chief, especially if the CEO candidate and hospital are from a red state and blue state.”

Executives may be faced with questions regarding their opinions on healthcare legislation. Additionally, the Federal Election Commission’s (FEC) contribution database provides a public record of contributions not only to political candidates but also to industry organizations. Avoiding endorsements of candidates as well as campaign contributions can be beneficial with regard to maintaining an air of neutrality, regardless of your personal stance on issues.

On the other hand, many executives are not reluctant to share their opinions. “Comb through the FEC database and you'll find many hospital and health system CEOs — including those at some of the most recognizable and largest nonprofit systems in the country — who aren't shy about their Democratic or Republican leanings.”

The bottom line is that it’s helpful to keep in mind the potential ramifications involved whenever you express your political leanings, particularly when those preferences have the potential to become part of the public record.

To learn more, visit Becker’s Hospital Review at: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/healthcare-blog/when-it-comes-to-party-politics-some-ceos-put-on-more-of-a-poker-face-than-others.html
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