Clinical

  • 05/09/19
    The month of May, named after Maia, the goddess of fertility – along with the goddess of spring and growth – is the perfect time to remind the women we love how important it is to stay healthy – and not just because we celebrate Mother’s Day. The month is chock full of female-friendly observances designed to ensure that women keep their health top of mind.   more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    05/08/19
    In a previous blog, one of my colleagues shared information about CMS adding a second cohort to Bundled Payment for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced), and the addition of outpatient total knee arthroplasty to this voluntary program, which provides utilization and spend data for hospitalization plus 90 days of the episode. The application period for the second cohort opened on April 24 and will only be open until June 24.more...
  • 05/08/19
    As we celebrate National Nurses Week, I reflect on this past year and my professional and personal experience in assisting the new graduate RN on the journey to becoming a professional, skilled nurse. more...
  • 05/07/19
    One day I was listening to a hospitalist express concerns about the nursing staff, a team of professionals I had the pleasure of leading.more...
  • 05/01/19
    As health care continues to evolve with new technologies and continued pressure to lower costs, health systems must also evolve to decrease variation in care and eliminate waste – all of this without affecting patient outcomes. It’s a seemingly tall order, but one within reach of fulfilling.more...
  • 04/23/19
    In a recent Vizient webcast about successful practice transformation in ambulatory care delivery, I was asked, “How does the patient know when they’ve experienced true team-based care?” It was a great question and, quite frankly, I had to think about it. I could provide a textbook definition, but could I accurately describe what it looks like to the patient?more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    04/18/19
    Recent communications from CMS included the addition of hospital outpatient total knee arthroplasty to the second cohort for Bundled Payment for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCI-A). For those providers still undecided on BPCI-A, or even those 16% who took the opt-out and withdrew from the program, the second cohort is an opportunity not to be overlooked.more...
  • 04/16/19
    The use of a value analysis process in the health care setting isn’t new. In fact, it’s become a strategic imperative for health care organizations as they work to provide the highest-quality, most cost-effective care for their patients. However, in my experience the one complaint I hear most often is, “Why does it take so long to put through an initiative? Where is the speed to value?”more...
  • 04/11/19
    You arrive at 6 a.m., lunch in hand and the hospital is humming quietly. You open the door to your windowless basement office, turn on the lights and power up your computer. As the monitor’s glow transitions to your inbox, you’re reminded of the stack of cost savings and process improvement ideas that you have on the burner. more...
  • 04/01/19
    As the advanced practice provider (APP) workforce continues to expand its footprint across the health care landscape, significant focus has been placed on maximizing clinical team capabilities by executing to full scope of practice to provide high-quality, cost-effective care. To achieve these very important goals, organizations must ensure they have the structure to adequately support the needs of the entire provider team and especially for this expanding group of APPs.more...