Sustaining Virtual and Digital Health Beyond the COVID Pandemic: Strategic Questions for Health Care Leaders

01/19/22

As hospitals grapple with how virtual and digital health will change the health care landscape, it’s hard to ignore its continued influence and disruption since the COVID-19 pandemic began nearly two years ago. Care models were operationalized in virtual environments at an exponential pace, and this dramatic shift has forced a reimagination of how to better meet patients’ needs. Vizient and its subsidiary Sg2 explored the rate of adoption nationwide, and how virtual and digital health was stood-up or expanded in response to COVID.

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How a Community Purchasing Strategy for Hospital Services and Supplies Can Improve Community Health and Strengthen Communities in the New Year

01/14/22

Amid all the uncertainties facing the health care industry today, one thing is clear. We need to continue to improve the health of our communities and do so in a way that supports, honors and leverages diversity. One of the most impactful actions hospitals can take is to reimagine their sourcing—from accounting and IT services, to landscaping and laundry, to biomedical services and surgical products—creating a broader, more equitable network of diverse suppliers. The benefits are far reaching, creating local jobs that strengthen the local economy and in turn, improving health outcomes and equity.

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Hospital Surprise Billing Regulations Effective Now: Here’s What you Need to Know

01/10/22

While 2021 ended with uncertainty around the future of the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Act and the return to any sense of normal, we entered 2022 with the start of hospitals’ and other health care providers’ required compliance with surprise billing regulations. Because we know Vizient members and providers throughout the country have been overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, here’s what you need to know. 

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Miles to Go Before I Sleep: Robert Frost and the Common Good

01/04/22

The percentage of Americans aged 65 or older will surpass 80 million by 2040 and will hit 94.7 million by 2060, brining brings with it an enormous burden of chronic illness, shouldered by a group of people who are increasingly disabled, socially isolated and severely limited in their ability to cope with their illnesses and the complexity of the health care system. At the same time, we have an unprecedented increase in the number of healthy seniors—folks whose professional careers are coming to a close, but whose physical and mental capabilities are far from exhausted. With their working lives winding down, many of these healthy seniors express feelings of diminished usefulness. It’s this fortuitous confluence of relatively healthy seniors and their less fortunate generational peers that make the echoes of volunteerism that John F. Kennedy spoke of in 1961 relevant today.

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How Surgical Tray Standardization Saved One Hospital $50,000 and What You Should Know

12/22/21

As hospitals and health systems continue to work to manage costs while maintaining quality, surgical tray standardization remains an untapped resource for many organizations. As surgeons request instruments based on their individual preferences, the size of surgical trays continues to grow. And as the number of instruments on a surgical tray grows, the use of those instruments declines, creating unnecessary costs to purchase, process and manage the instruments. Standardizing surgical trays can support hospital efforts to manage costs and maintain quality, but for many are an untapped resource. Here’s what you need to know.

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Supply Chain Lessons: Managing Change is Inherent to Success

12/21/21

Today more than ever managing change is an inherent part of a supply chain leader’s role. Backorders, substitutions and supplier changes have become almost daily events. While some of these changes may be transparent to end-users, such as changing an office supply, others, such as a critical patient care item, may involve shifting processes and procedures that affect multiple departments across the hospital. In my experience, the latter requires clear communication to all affected groups and end-users to successfully implement wide-reaching supply chain changes.

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The Workforce Challenge Is a Segmentation Challenge

12/17/21

In my conversations with senior executives at healthcare organizations around the country, I find that leaders have three critical topics on their minds: workforce, workforce, and workforce.

 And no wonder. 

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The Future of Health Care is Connection

12/15/21

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of welcoming our members, suppliers and staff to the Vizient Connections Summit, our first in-person event since the start of the pandemic. The conference centered around the concept of unity, which was palpable in the excitement of peers and colleagues from all corners of the health care industry reuniting for the first time in too long. Not to mention the word Unite in big block letters sprawled across every screen. But as the ballroom filled and the noise of conversation swelled, I found myself captivated by a different word just above those big block letters – Connections.

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Using an Owner Controlled Insurance Program (OCIP) for Health Care Construction Projects

12/01/21

Industries such as transportation, government and entertainment have long used “wrap up” programs called owner-controlled insurance programs (OCIPs) to facilitate more control over their insurance costs, coverage, safety and claims management for larger construction projects. There are many benefits for OCIPs for health care construction, including cost savings and enhanced coverage value for their organization. Here's why.

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Health Care Spending and the Winds of November

11/30/21

Using homeownership as an analogy, we'll explore how the traditional role of health insurance has been replaced by an expectation that each beneficiary will take out at least as much as they pay into the system, a fundamentally unsustainable economic model.

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