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  • 02/21/18
    In the past few years, personal fitness trackers have become all the rage. It is fun to see your daily activity level, sleep quality and heart rate. But, does knowing this data lead to any positive changes? What if the person looking over the data is your caregiver?more...
  • 02/12/18
    With virtually every state experiencing the effects of a rampant flu season, clearly it’s an overwhelming time to work in a hospital, doctor’s office or an outpatient clinic. Being on the front lines of the flu fight, you may not have extra time or energy to keep up with the details of this national story.more...
  • 02/07/18
    It’s not often that a blog broaches the difficult topic of human trafficking. But in my view, the subject is too important not to address since the first step to any change is awareness. The facts are that approximately two million adults and children in the United States are victims of human trafficking. And hospital staff are among the most likely people to encounter this hidden population. Knowing what to ask and what to look for at the point of care can save lives.more...
  • 01/26/18
    Do you know what drug diversion looks like? How would you know if it was happening in your facility? The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration refers to drug diversion as employee pilferage. The term “pilferage,” according to Webster’s Dictionary, is “the act of stealing small amounts or small articles.” But don’t be fooled. An individual employee pilfering small amounts of medication can have significant implications for patients, providers and public trust...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...
  • 01/16/18
    “No outcome, no income” was how a colleague of mine recently described the value-based bundled payment model becoming more common in health care. That simple statement sums up the mindset we must adopt across all aspects of care delivery to successfully manage costs within an episode of care.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...
  • 12/28/17
    If you’re a hospital administrator looking for cost savings, just follow your nose to the cafeteria. Among those cheeseburgers and tossed salads, your hospital cafeteria probably offers more savings opportunities than you imagined: Consider that the cost of food and food-related services in a hospital or health care system can represent between 8 and 12 percent of your annual purchased services spend.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...
  • 12/08/17
    Here’s a scenario: Department leaders across the health system are meeting to look for untapped sources of incremental revenue. They hope to find a traditional cost center that could become a strategic asset. An added bonus would be if it also enabled them to gain influence over patient care after discharge. Any ideas? I have one — specialty pharmacy.more...