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.


Evaluating your Block Schedule: Dive Right In


Managing, let alone changing, your organization’s block schedule might feel as intimidating as the thought of diving with sharks. But don’t let it scare you; the benefits far exceed the risks. It’s time to dive in!


The Power of an Enterprise-wide, Data-driven Strategy


Health systems and providers continue to face ongoing challenges associated with delivering high-quality, cost-effective care while balancing decreasing reimbursements and new value-based payment models. COVID-19 has heightened the need for organizations to be adaptable, flexible and reliable. Learn why a comprehensive enterprise-wide data-driven strategy is essential to adapting and thriving in this new environment.  


Health Care Pricing, Doorbells and Peanut Shells


The difference in charges for identical services depending on the source of payment is difficult for patients to understand, and even more difficult for providers to explain. With more intense scrutiny on private sector prices arising from higher insurance deductibles and enthusiasm by policymakers over transparency, it is hard to ignore.


Lessons from the Pandemic: Five Value-based Care Strategies to Consider for 2021


As COVID-19 unfolded across the nation, the risk for health systems with an entirely fee-for-service reimbursement system was exposed. Now nine months into the pandemic, it is increasingly clear that COVID-19 may just be the disruptive force that causes those health systems to move decisively toward a reimbursement structure more aligned with value. Here are five value-based care strategies that should be top of mind going into 2021.



As Administration Releases a Wave of Regulations, are Storms Ahead?


A wave of recent press releases and Federal Register notices finalized several outstanding policy goals for President Trump and HHS. Given the late hour, one might ask: will these regulations stand, or will they change once the administration changes in January?


Bickering in the Back Seat: The Case for All Payer Pricing


In his latest essay entitled “Bickering in the Back Seat: The Case for All Payer Pricing”, Vizient Research Institute executive director Tom Robertson reminisces about a common childhood memory while contemplating the future direction of health care finance.