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  • 06/17/19
    The following is based on content from Leading Healthcare Improvement: A Personal and Organizational Journey, a thought-provoking guide designed to help leaders achieve and sustain lasting improvement at both the personal and organizational levels. Authored by four Vizient subject matter experts and based on their experiences, the book is designed to help leaders better understand themselves and their organizations so they can fundamentally transform their organizations.more...
  • 05/21/19
    On Oct. 15, 1997, the Cassini spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was purposefully launched away from its ultimate destination – Saturn – and toward the sun. Using gravitational forces from Venus, Earth and Jupiter, through a series of slingshot maneuvers, Cassini reached a speed of approximately 42,500 miles per hour. At that speed, the probe could cover the distance between Chicago and San Francisco in about 2.5 minutes. After a journey of six years and 261...more...
  • 05/17/19
    About seven years ago, my wife was in labor preparing to give birth to our first child. Because it was a full moon, seemingly every other expectant mother in the greater Washington, D.C. area was also in labor. While the research may be out on whether a full moon induces labor, anecdotally, it sure seemed to be a factor, because when we arrived at the hospital no delivery rooms were available, so we took up a multihour residency in the maternity waiting room.more...
  • 05/14/19
    The ever-advancing world of health care delivery is both amazing and costly. Every day new technology is introduced to the marketplace giving providers the ability to treat conditions that just 10 years ago would not have been possible. Investment in the latest medical capital equipment is required to provide optimal patient care, but it comes with a substantial price tag.more...
  • 05/13/19
    In his watershed novel originally published in 1961, Joseph Heller chronicles the experiences and probes the psyche of a World War II bomber squadron. A former B-25 bombardier himself, Heller has the story’s protagonist confront a military rule that typified bureaucratic operating and reasoning, and in the process, creates an enduring idiom – Catch-22 – which has become a part of mainstream vernacular.more...
  • 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...
  • 05/01/19
    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...
  • 04/09/19
    On the northern end of Vancouver Island in British Columbia is a small harbor called Telegraph Cove. With its roots in a tiny logging outpost early in the last century, it’s situated along a remarkable marine ecosystem known as the Johnstone Strait. Home to approximately 150 resident orcas, Telegraph Cove has an international reputation for whale watching done right – with respect for the whales and an expressed acknowledgement that they, not we, are at the center of things.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...
  • 03/12/19
    Take a deep breath, roll your eyes, say a cheer or shed a little tear – depending on your views – but no matter what your thoughts are, the president’s budget request you are hearing so much about right now is NOT LAW.more...