Steve Brill's article last week on hospital CEO salaries got a lot of attention, some blowback from the industry — and a tip from a reader that maybe another CEO should have been at the top of the list. So Brill looked into it, and sure enough, Mercy Health System's Javon Bea earns the equivalent of $72.02 for every day a patient stays in his hospital — even more than the $56.40 a day earned by Greenwich Hospital's Norman Roth, the CEO featured in Brill's first story. Read Brill's latest here.
What it means: It means it's hard to be 100 percent sure who's earning the most per patient day without searching every hospital CEO in the country. Roth's earnings were the highest Brill had seen, and Bea now tops that — but if you know of CEO who might be earning more than that, please let us know.
And yes, we know there's been a lot of debate over the patient-day measure, so if you missed it earlier this week, read the American Hospital Association's critique of the original article and Brill's response.