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  • 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...
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    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...
  • 03/11/19
    Did you ever dip your toes into a swimming pool and recoil because the water felt like it was 47 degrees? So you settled into a lounge chair beneath an umbrella, determined not to go into the pool in spite of your pleading children or some wise guy urging you to “come on in, the water’s fine.” You held out as long as you could but eventually you couldn’t avoid it any longer so you considered the merits of easing your way in versus jumping in and getting the breath...more...
  • 03/05/19
    Health care organizations are sometimes resistant to change and yet in search of change all at the same time. Across the country, large health systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals continue to seek out ways to maximize operations, improve financial performance and deliver high quality patient care.more...
  • 01/31/19
    The statistics are scary. Nearly 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure (CHF) and approximately 550,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. But, that’s only part of the story. Along with diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute myocardial infarction, CHF patients fall into the all too familiar group of diseases significantly contributing to preventable hospital readmissions. Scary, too is the financial and reputational...more...