It Takes a Village: Why You Should Leverage Providers and Staff in the Design of New Space

02/11/20
Think about this for a minute. You and your spouse decide to build a home together and your spouse never asks for your input as design decisions are made.  More

The Decline of the Aristocracy: Lessons From Downton Abbey

01/23/20
I recently returned from a brief trip through the English countryside, during which we visited Highclere Castle, the iconic setting for the internationally acclaimed PBS television series Downton Abbey.  More

Groundhog Day – It’s Still Just Once a Year, Isn’t It?

01/22/20
OK, campers, rise and shine.

With choruses of Auld Lang Syne relatively fresh in my ears and New Year's resolutions still miraculously intact (well, mostly), I'm kicking off 2020 and a new decade with bright eyes and bright hopes.

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When It Comes to Preventing Data Breaches, Keep These Main Facts in Mind

01/21/20
Thanks to advances in technology, patients have access to more effective treatment options, caregivers have access to tools that allow for greater efficiency and researchers have access to data that helps fight disease.  More

Fumbles, Touchdowns and Lessons for Health Care

12/16/19
It was New Year’s Day, 1929. Nearly 10 months before the infamous stock market crash. On a warm sunny day in Pasadena, Georgia Tech played the University of California in the Rose Bowl.  More

Complex Environments Require Complexity Leadership

12/10/19
Our industry is under considerable pressure to improve processes and practices that will result in lower costs, better patient outcomes, and exceptional patient experience. In virtually every article discussing improvement strategies there is one factor that is always noted as critical for success: leadership. More

Interventions for Accelerating Improvements in the Ambulatory Space

12/09/19
Providing the right care in the right setting has long been advocated to improve health care quality, patient experience and cost. Often that setting is the ambulatory environment with a strong foundation of primary care and collaboration with specialty care. More

Can We Talk? What Health Care Can Learn From Broadway

11/12/19
I have no musical talent whatsoever. I could not, as they say, carry a tune in a bucket. But I thoroughly enjoy Broadway productions, in particular the old Rodgers and Hammerstein classics. One of my favorite show tunes is “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific, in which Emile de Becque, a mysterious French plantation owner, contemplates meeting someone who will change his life. Another song from the same musical, “Happy Talk,” has none of the life-changing... More

Windmills and a Conquistador: 40 Years of Health Care Policy

10/16/19
In 1605, Miguel de Cervantes gave us Don Quixote, one of the most enduring characters in literary history. A hopeless romantic intent on proving that chivalry was alive and well, Quixote set off on his unsteady steed, Rocinante, in the hopes of defending the honor of Dulcinea, who appears to have existed only in his imagination. Accompanied by his portly squire, Sancho Panza, Cervantes’ protagonist conjures a world in his mind that is largely unanchored. More

How the Migration of Orthopedic Procedures to ASCs is Impacting Hospitals

10/14/19
The confluence of market and regulatory forces in the orthopedic surgery space has created the perfect “migration storm” with extensive implications for acute care providers. The shift of these procedures to outpatient (OP) status and the migration of total joint replacement to ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) have accelerated with CMS’s latest proposals — removing total hip replacement from the inpatient (IP)-only list and adding total knee replacement to the ASC-... More