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  • 08/09/18
    The House of Representatives has high-tailed it out of town for their annual August recess and the Senate will return next week to continue working through nominations and the government funding bills. That’s exactly as thrilling as it sounds, and normally, it’s a pretty quiet time here in Washington, DC.more...
  • 08/08/18
    With health care spending in the United States now exceeding $3 trillion, and a recent government report stating that Medicare could become insolvent by 2026, it’s critical health care providers have a clinical analytics program to measure and evaluate outcomes that leads to improvement.more...
  • 07/31/18
    Each year at the end of summer, just before the new school year starts, I make my way to South Bend, Indiana to play a round of golf with two old friends who are professors at the University of Notre Dame. One of the two, recently retired, is a renowned Dead Sea Scrolls scholar. The Dead Sea Scrolls, discovered in limestone caves in the Judean Desert in 1946, are the remnants of biblical manuscripts written 2,000 years ago. My golf partner devoted an academic career to studying them while...more...
  • How hospitals can be ready for the next outbreak
    07/20/18
    In August 2014, fear struck the globe, when the Ebola epidemic breached the continent of Africa’s borders and reached the United States. While proving to be a formidable opponent, the Ebola crisis was ultimately contained, but not before infecting two unsuspecting health care workers in Texas and claiming the lives of two others; both of whom contracted the virus outside of the U.S.more...
  • 07/12/18
    The Overall Hospital Star Rating system from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is meant to give consumers an easy way to pick the best hospitals for them and their loved ones. Yet, due to the methodology that drives the ratings, consumers don't always have a complete and accurate picture of the quality of care being offered by the more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide noted in the CMS system.more...
  • 07/02/18
    It’s no secret: It’s not easy being ‘green’ in the nursing profession. Nurse bullying, particularly against newly licensed registered nurses, happens more often than you may realize. They can experience verbal or emotional mistreatment, ranging from rude comments, yelling or scapegoating to hiding supplies, gossiping or even sabotage.more...
  • 06/26/18
    There are nostalgic movies that you always pause your channel-surfing to watch, no matter how many times you have seen them. For me, The Blues Brothers is one.more...
  • 06/19/18
    Just how mature are you? Ask a teenager that question, and you’ll elicit a response that probably borders on premature, with their developing drive toward independence and control. One thing we do know is that during adolescence, we all mature at different rates. But in time, we do mature. We develop processes that help us manage life, set goals and decide when it’s time to take action.more...
  • 06/13/18
    Providers know that the patient care transition has long been the hinge on which the patient’s outcome swings. They also know there are many points, both on the patient and provider sides of the care transition, which can alter its planned course. With the move to value-based care, health systems are constantly evaluating ways to improve these transitions.more...
  • 06/07/18
    Eliminating waste and reducing variation are becoming commonplace activities for health care supply chain professionals. To get at these opportunities, many supply chain leaders have likely participated in 5S and Kaizen events, been on a Gemba walk or worked through process flow mapping. I’d like to share with you a story – a true story – about a Lean Six Sigma activity that has steered me in the right direction more than once. I like to call this story, “Why Not to...more...