Children’s Hospitals Utilize Opportunity to Strengthen Ambulatory Strategy


As children’s hospitals and large pediatric programs work toward recovery and stabilization, administrative and clinical leaders are assessing which elements of COVID-19 disruption and innovation are here to stay. Many children’s hospitals have begun to understand their continued volume depletion, attributing lost emergency department and inpatient volumes to the natural consequences of social distancing and additional reductions in inpatient utilization due to intentional strategies such as early discharge and outpatient shifts. Though outpatient shifts have been an ongoing trend impacting health care utilization for several years, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated site of care shifts to minimize time spent in a hospital and subsequent risk of infection exposure. In pediatrics, the outpatient shift has unique meaning and drivers depending on the acuity level of the condition or procedure.


Addressing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19 and Beyond: Leveraging Collaboration and Partnerships


Social determinants of health have captured national attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ve no doubt seen firsthand the significant effects that COVID has had on our country’s most vulnerable populations. In part three of our blog series, read how hospitals and health systems are galvanizing support and resourcing to define and optimize their roles in addressing social determinants of health during the pandemic and beyond.


Addressing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19 and Beyond: Leveraging Data that Matters


As hospitals continue to identify and address issues of health equity, it will be essential that they consider information from outside the single acute episode. Read how considering variations in risks, along with the context in which they exist, is essential to begin to address the specific risks that affect vulnerable subsets of patients.


Addressing Social Determinants of Health During COVID-19 and Beyond: How to Find Your Organization’s Fit


We have seen the significant effects of COVID-19 on our country’s most vulnerable populations, amplifying existing health disparities. We have also seen hospitals and health systems continue and expand their efforts to address social determinants of health. This work has taken on new meaning during the pandemic and will continue to become even more important. Not every organization is equipped to lead social determinants of health work, but every organization has an important role to play. And it starts with finding your fit.


Protecting Your Hospital from Ransomware Part 3: Three Important Considerations for Your Cyber Liability Coverage


As the impact of record high ransomware attacks send shock waves through the insurance industry, many insurers are reassessing their exposure based on the increasing frequency of claims and mounting losses. Hospital and health system leaders are encouraged to check in with their cyber liability insurance broker and insurance carrier as soon as possible to review their policy in detail. Here’s three important considerations for your coverage and those conversations.


Beyond the Technology: Critical Considerations for a Successful, Sustainable Neuromodulation Program


Neuromodulation—a broad clinical category that encompasses treatments that affect the nervous system and involve externally placed or internally implanted devices—is rich in novel technology and treatments. However, embracing the innovative technology is not enough to ensure a successful and sustainable program. Here are seven critical considerations for a neuromodulation program.


Protecting Your Hospital from Ransomware Part 2: Checklist to Reduce Common Vulnerabilities in 2021


During 2021, hospitals and health care organizations will continue to face significant ransomware attacks that hit record highs last year. Most cybersecurity breaches occur from breakdowns in three main areas: people, process and technology. Here’s a checklist of important steps chief information security officers should take to reduce the most common areas of risk.


Protecting Your Hospital from Ransomware Part 1: Five Essential Questions for CEOs in 2021


Last year, hospitals and health systems across the nation were under siege by cyber criminals and bad actors attacking vital community institutions with malware to gain profit and cause harm. The average total cost of a data breach in 2020 exceeded $3.8 million, with the average U.S. health care cyber breach costing $7.13M. With the threats never greater and the stakes never higher, it is essential for hospital and health system chief executive officers to start the new year with a conversation with their chief information security officers. Here’s a list of five essential questions you’ll want to discuss.


Value Analysis and Bilateral Communication are Keys to Effective Purchasing Decisions


Learn how a value analysis program with a bilateral communication plan can help avoid siloed decisions and communication breakdowns when making new product decisions.


Five Data Sources to Engage Physicians in Evaluating Preference Items


Engaging physicians in the evaluation of their preference items is critical. Here are the five primary data sources that when combined, can lead to the greatest success in physician engagement in this work.