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  • 02/18/16
    I recently came across a study from Chilmark Research that highlighted an important, ongoing challenge in the world of improvement – incorporating analytics into existing workflows. Essentially, the study suggests that a health care organization’s needs have gone beyond the analytic products on the market.more...
  • 02/03/16
    In early January, the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference was held in San Francisco and more than 20 major health care organizations were present: Cleveland Clinic, Boston-based Partners Healthcare, Geisinger Health System, Northwestern Medicine of Chicago, Advocate Healthcare, to name a few. The news coming out of this conference confirmed that change is inevitable to survive in the new health care environment, but now execution of strategies would be the new expectation for 2016. Leaders from...more...
  • 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...
  • 01/05/16
    Over the recent holiday, I came across a Wall Street Journal article about hospital patient and family advisory councils and it was music to my ears! The article described how patients and families, through these councils, become part of the health care team at the organizational level.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...
  • 12/09/15
    Across the U.S. and around the world, the over-prescribing of antibiotics is increasing the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria which negatively impacts patient care and adds unnecessary financial costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that patients in the U.S., regardless of the type of healthcare facility, have a 50 percent chance of receiving an antibiotic. In acute care settings, 30 to 50 percent of the time, antibiotic therapy is inappropriate ...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...