Clinical

  • 03/16/16
    Jugglers always amaze and impress me. Someone who can juggle mismatched items is even more impressive—balls, fruit, bowling pins, for example. In order to keep everything in the air, their focus must be keen. As a hospital accreditation professional, I see jugglers every day. They are the clinicians who attend to the needs of patients while simultaneously adhering to clinical protocols and remaining mindful of hospital policy. They are amazing, but if they lose focus and something drops...more...
  • 03/08/16
    It wasn’t that long ago when the accepted explanation for the high cost of medications was the extensive research and development necessary to get it successfully into the market. Recent media scrutiny and unscrupulous investors like Martin Skreli have shown that “R&D” isn’t the culprit we believed it to be.more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    02/02/16
    Two intertwined Big Ideas—the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the shift from volume to value—have driven much of the conversation in health care over the past five years. To be sure, these Big Ideas have significant and still-unfolding impacts across the health care arena.more...
  • 01/27/16
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the value-based purchasing metrics for inpatient care. In 2015, there was increased emphasis on outcomes and efficiency and a smaller focus on clinical and patient experience outcomes. For 2016 emphasis on clinical outcomes has increased to 40 percent and the efficiency measure now makes up 25 percent of the score. Proposed future changes will keep the efficiency metric at 25 percent and continue an ever-evolving focus on...more...
  • 01/14/16
    In today’s health care world, words like quality, efficiency and better outcomes are becoming attached to virtually every aspect of the clinical delivery of health care. I think we should also begin applying them to the clinician’s approach to documentation which is the foundation for medical coding.more...
  • 01/05/16
    Over the recent holiday, I came across a Wall Street Journal article about hospital patient and family advisory councils and it was music to my ears! The article described how patients and families, through these councils, become part of the health care team at the organizational level.more...