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  • 06/14/19
    In order for health care organizations across the country to further drive at reductions in cost per case, they have to get the most out of their data. Data contained in electronic medical record systems take care of the clinical end of the equation, but what about the supply chain components? If data can be pulled out of your current system, will key stakeholders believe that data is reliable?more...
  • Guest blog
    05/23/19
    Perhaps the most troubling aspect of current events in our country is the increase in mass violence. And unfortunately, the health care environment is not immune to societal trends.more...
  • 05/21/19
    On Oct. 15, 1997, the Cassini spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida. It was purposefully launched away from its ultimate destination – Saturn – and toward the sun. Using gravitational forces from Venus, Earth and Jupiter, through a series of slingshot maneuvers, Cassini reached a speed of approximately 42,500 miles per hour. At that speed, the probe could cover the distance between Chicago and San Francisco in about 2.5 minutes. After a journey of six years and 261...more...
  • 05/17/19
    About seven years ago, my wife was in labor preparing to give birth to our first child. Because it was a full moon, seemingly every other expectant mother in the greater Washington, D.C. area was also in labor. While the research may be out on whether a full moon induces labor, anecdotally, it sure seemed to be a factor, because when we arrived at the hospital no delivery rooms were available, so we took up a multihour residency in the maternity waiting room.more...
  • 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...
  • 05/10/19
    Nurses, we’ve all been there: our first day on the floor as a new graduate nurse. I remember mine. Six-thirty in the morning, walking onto the cardiac unit with a slightly nauseous feeling, hoping that my preceptor would be nice, that I wouldn’t make any mistakes, and that I would appear to actually know something. Little did I know that first day would be easy compared to some that would follow.more...
  • 05/09/19
    The month of May, named after Maia, the goddess of fertility – along with the goddess of spring and growth – is the perfect time to remind the women we love how important it is to stay healthy – and not just because we celebrate Mother’s Day. The month is chock full of female-friendly observances designed to ensure that women keep their health top of mind.   more...
  • Sg2, a Vizient company
    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...
  • 05/08/19
    As we celebrate National Nurses Week, I reflect on this past year and my professional and personal experience in assisting the new graduate RN on the journey to becoming a professional, skilled nurse. more...