Operations

  • 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...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    01/19/16
    Providers face a wave of consumerism that is radically reshaping industry purchasing patterns. Historically, individuals have functioned as passive participants in their health care. That is changing due to new benefit designs, public and private exchanges, generational preference, and tools that have democratized information and increased transparency. These trends are shifting health care’s balance of power, spurring “retailization” and challenging provider systems to meet...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...
  • 12/16/15
    All around the country, growing marketplace pressures coupled with government regulations and new incentives are causing hospital CEOs to rethink their strategic plans. As health care transitions from volume to value based, many blueprints written earlier this decade have lost much of their relevance and appropriateness in the new world of accountable care organizations and population health management initiatives. And just as the environment is new, forward thinking CEOs are thinking anew as...more...
  • 12/01/15
    What an exciting time in health care. The ability to quickly adapt to rapid change is critical to success in tomorrow’s health care environment.  Similarly, we are constantly evolving to best serve you, your patients and your communities.more...