Clinical

  • 03/15/18
    As the U.S. moves toward a pay-for-performance quality and safety model, addressing care for vulnerable populations is vital. Hospitals must now find an effective way to manage both medical and non-medical factors for their patients. However, these non-medical factors are also some of our most pressing social issues: poverty, race, geographic location, and ethnicity and language barriers.more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    03/07/18
    Editor’s note: This post is adapted from an Expert Insight, originally featured on Sg2.com on Feb. 26, 2018.more...
  • 03/05/18
    Depending on context, the word transparency has different meanings. Outside the scope of medicine, it conveys a sense of invisibility. In health care – which is built on the scientific method requiring evidence for decision-making – it bespeaks the ability to see into areas that were previously obscured. For administrators and physicians to make change to improve outcomes, they not only need data, but they also need the ability to have transparent compare groups to ensure apples-to...more...
  • 03/01/18
    Did you know that the percentage of malnutrition cases among hospital patients ranges from 20 to 50 percent? And another one-third of patients can become malnourished while admitted? A variety of controllable and uncontrollable factors may contribute to this, including a patient’s condition, length of stay, unfamiliar surroundings and/or food offerings. All totaled, up to two-thirds of patients can be affected by poor nutritional status when they are discharged.more...
  • 02/21/18
    In the past few years, personal fitness trackers have become all the rage. It's 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...
  • 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...
  • 11/15/17
    For more than a decade at Vizient, we have been studying top performers in cost, quality and outcomes. My colleagues and I spend a lot of time talking with hospital executives and ambulatory care professionals across the country about the strategies, tactics and behaviors that help them truly accomplish the goals they want to achieve. And perhaps more importantly, the factors that differentiate top performers. Surprisingly, factors such as the number of staff, if state-of-the-art technologies...more...