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Mark Hagland is a nationally respected independent healthcare journalist. He has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 1997, he was the national winner in the trade publication category of the National Institute for Health Care Management's Fourth Annual Health Care Journalism Award, for a cover story he wrote for California Medicine on the challenges of the IPA model of physician governance. And in the summer of 2007, his article, "Consumer-Directed Health Care: What to Expect and What to Do," co-written with Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D., and which appeared in the July 2006 issue of Healthcare Financial Management, received the Helen Yerger/L. Vann Seawell Best Article Award for 2006/2007 from the Healthcare Financial Management Association. In addition, he has been a part of the editorial team at Healthcare Informatics that has several times received awards from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors for excellence in trade magazines, including in February 2003 the ASHPE Gold Award for Best Special Report/Section, for the magazine's February 2003 "Nine Tech Trends" cover package.
Mark has been a writer, editor, researcher, and public speaker in health care for over 17 years. He writes regularly for Healthcare Informatics, Healthcare Financial Management, the Journal of AHIMA, Behavioral Healthcare, Biotechnology Healthcare, AuntMinnie.com, and other prominent publications in healthcare. He writes about a wide range of topics and issues, from quality improvement and patient safety to managed care and health market trends, strategic planning, disease management, information technology, health information management, and policy and regulatory issues. In the Fall of 2007, his book, Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality, was published by Productivity Press. This book was coauthored by Jeffrey C. Bauer, Ph.D. and includes a forward by David B. Nash, MD, MBA.
He has been an independent journalist since 1996. Prior to that, he was Executive Editor of Hospitals & Health Networks, published by the American Hospital Association. Mark speaks on a wide variety of topics, including healthcare policy trends, market trends, information technology developments, and quality issues. Among the groups who have heard his presentations include The Governance Institute, the Missouri Hospital Association, the Washington State Hospital Association, and the Healthcare Association of Southern California, and Indiana and western-U.S. sections of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.