Operations

  • Vizient Research Institute
    04/10/18
    Is there anything more frightening than the image of a young toddler running while holding a pair of scissors? From the time we were old enough to pull ourselves up on the edge of the couch and take our first staggering steps, our mothers warned us to never run with scissors. Some health care providers are determined to take on incidence risk in the form of global spending targets for defined populations, often in the form of accountable care organizations (ACOs), a concept that emerged from...more...
  • Vizient Research Institute
    03/06/18
    I recently had an occasion to climb into the attic above my garage, where I encountered a technological relic. Bolted to the rafters was our old television antenna, its slender arms folded back against itself like an aluminum lobster. Analog television signals have not been broadcast over the air since 2009, and most households converted to digital transmission long before that.more...
  • Vizient Research Institute
    01/24/18
    At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the largest ship in the world collided with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Two hours and 40 minutes later, the Titanic was gone. Because ice has nine-tenths of water’s density, 90 percent of an iceberg lies below the ocean’s surface, hidden from view. The 220 foot-long gash that the iceberg cut into the hull of the Titanic occurred below the surface. Above the water line there was little evidence of the collision. The most famous maritime...more...
  • 01/10/18
    Although the end of 2017 was a race to the finish that narrowly avoided a government shutdown and threatened to keep Congress, staffers and lobbyists in D.C. until Christmas day, there are no signs that 2018 will be any less … eventful.more...
  • Vizient Research Institute
    12/12/17
    In the summer of 1783, two brothers from a French family of paper manufacturers, after noticing ash rising in paper fires, gave their first public demonstration of a balloon using hot air for buoyancy. On August 27 of the same year, in a Paris field where the Eiffel Tower now stands, a crowd of onlookers that included Benjamin Franklin cheered the release of the world’s first hydrogen balloon. The unmanned balloon drifted north for 45 minutes before descending in a nearby village where...more...
  • 11/30/17
    Traditionally, November means fall weather, candy hangovers, pumpkin spice everything and Thanksgiving. In Washington, D.C., however, it’s just a TAD less warm and fuzzy.more...
  • 10/11/17
    The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been anything but merciful to the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico with the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. While we had warning they were coming, other natural disasters such as earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires can strike with little or no warning. Obviously, we can’t avoid natural disasters completely, but hospital leaders and staff must prepare for them.more...
  • Vizient Research Institute
    09/12/17
    Do you remember the first time that you ever saw a mirage? For most of us, it was the illusion of a sheet of water on blisteringly hot pavement as we gazed toward the horizon. Now we know that it was the product of refraction, of light bending in the heated air, but the first time we saw it we were sure there was a lake up ahead. From time to time, what may appear to be obvious is really our eyes playing tricks on us.more...
  • 08/17/17
    Admit it. You thought I was going somewhere else with that, didn’t you? To be fair, the agency did say it disagreed “with commenters who suggested that CMS withdraw these models altogether …”more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    08/09/17
    In today’s marketplace, customers increasingly utilize information from other consumers to inform decisions about where to spend their money. With the proliferation of ratings features similar to those of Yelp and Amazon, one bad experience can cost an organization loyal or potential customers and damage its reputation. This is true not only for retail stores and restaurants but for health care systems as well. Offering a superior care experience has become a foundational aspect of an...more...