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  • From Theory to Practice
    12/10/19
    Our industry is under considerable pressure to improve processes and practices that will result in lower costs, better patient outcomes, and exceptional patient experience. In virtually every article discussing improvement strategies there is one factor that is always noted as critical for success: leadership. Let’s be honest though, many of us in leadership positions do not come to work every day thinking about what theory to model for our organization. And, many without a leader title...more...
  • 12/09/19
    Providing the right care in the right setting has long been advocated to improve health care quality, patient experience and cost. Often that setting is the ambulatory environment with a strong foundation of primary care and collaboration with specialty care. The volume and dollars are now starting to catch up with the advocacy.more...
  • 12/03/19
    Like the human heart, a hospital’s information system provides a vital function: every beat transmitting important messages along one of the many integrated pathways in a synchronized operation. It also collects, stores and manages a vast amount of clinical, financial and operational data generated by the hospital, all designed to maintain a healthy infrastructure. The implementation of a new system, therefore, is not to be taken lightly.  more...
  • November is COPD Awareness Month
    11/22/19
    On a recent visit to see his elderly mother, a son finds her struggling to breathe. She lives on the second floor of her apartment building and while she is able to walk, she can’t navigate the stairs and he’s unable to carry her. Getting her to the doctor presents a logistical challenge, making it difficult to manage her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and increases the risk of exacerbation. He feels helpless and scared.more...
  • 11/20/19
    Historically, health care organizations in the United States have struggled with helping patients navigate their care choices when facing serious illnesses. I wanted to share some work Vizient network members did over the past year within the Managing Serious Illness Collaborative, which focused on helping move palliative care further upstream to help more patients earlier in their illnesses.more...
  • 11/18/19
    As an executive in the hospital food services industry, I’ve had many folks tell me they are having a difficult time wrapping their heads around the “plant-forward” movement. Is it vegan? Vegetarian? Flexitarian? There are those who believe plant-based eating is just the latest catch phrase of the millennial generation. However, all age groups including baby boomers and Gen Xers are interested in learning more before turning plant-forward in search of a healthy body and...more...
  • 11/12/19
    I have no musical talent whatsoever. I could not, as they say, carry a tune in a bucket. But I thoroughly enjoy Broadway productions, in particular the old Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. One of my favorite show tunes is “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific, in which Emile de Becque, a mysterious French plantation owner, contemplates meeting someone who will change his life. Another song from the same musical, “Happy Talk,” has none of the life-changing...more...
  • 10/29/19
    We’ve recently shared communications about updates to existing United States Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) Chapters surrounding pharmaceutical compounding regulations as well as a new regulation for handling hazardous drugs in health care facilities. The new and updated rules were scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1.more...
  • 10/21/19
    Overuse of advanced imaging modalities has been scrutinized by policymakers as a factor contributing to unsustainable levels of health care spending in our nation. That scrutiny was the driving force behind the passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). This federal law includes a CMS mandate that ordering physicians consult Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) using a qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanism (CDSM) when ordering advanced imaging procedures such as CT, MRI...more...
  • 10/18/19
    In my career I’ve heard many facilities and non-facilities personnel question the value of all the regulations that hospitals have to comply with. I’ve actually heard staff say, “We’ve never had a fire, so our safety systems are working.” I’m sure Jazan General Hospital in Saudi Arabia, which burned in December 2015, generally felt the same way prior to their fire.   The lossmore...