Let’s Shine a Light on the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Today and Every Day


June 21 marks the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. While you might be tempted to mark the beginning of summer with a cookout or dip in the pool, consider joining the thousands from across the world who will use the longest day to fight the darkness of Alzheimer's Disease through an activity of their choice. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals to shine a light on Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. 


Getting Started with a Demand Management Assessment of Your Hospital Laboratory: Three Areas to Strengthen Operations and Reduce Costs


Laboratory testing is the largest medical activity in terms of volume and has a significant impact on care outcomes and costs. Hospital leaders that shift cost savings efforts to demand management can help improve quality and reduce costs. The first step is conducting an assessment, and here’s three examples of demand management projects that can strengthen operations and reduce costs. 




Ed Sullivan, the Beatles and Healthcare Strategy


The intolerance for health disparities calls into question the long-term sustainability of the traditional financing system. Our blog considers the challenges facing health systems that must optimize their performance under the existing system while keeping one eye on the possibility of systemic change in the years ahead.




From Every Angle, 3D Printing Builds Innovation, Confidence and Education Across the Continuum of Care


3D printing has many relevant applications for healthcare, including onsite production of surgical devices, medical device development, and enhanced education for clinicians and patients. Even more fascinating is the impact it can have on team-based precision medicine.


Outsourcing Contract Management Needs: Is Episodic or Fully Managed Right for Your Hospital?


Strategy to ensure business continuity and improve contract management practices lies in the recent trend of outsourcing the contract management function. Optimizing contracts means healthcare systems are receiving accurate, up-to-date pricing with prompt execution of letters of participation and commitment. This not only creates significant cost savings but also boosts an organization’s ability to perform at higher levels in other functional areas of supply chain.  


Key Themes from the FY 2023 IPPS Proposed Rule and What’s Coming Next


In April, CMS issued its annual proposed rule to update the IPPS for fiscal year 2023. Based upon the policy changes and circumstances described in the proposed rule, CMS estimates acute care hospitals will experience a decrease of approximately $263 million in fiscal year 2023 compared to fiscal year 2022. Here are our key takeaways hospitals need to know about the IPPS proposed rule (our full summary of the proposed rule is available online) and what to anticipate for OPPS and PFS.


Vacation Vaccinations: What You Should Know Before You Go Abroad


After more than two years of grappling with a global pandemic, Americans are transitioning back into society and planning vacations abroad. But before jetting out the door, travelers should consider what vaccines they’ll need when traveling internationally.


To Manage Blood Collection Tube Shortage, Conservation Is Key


While suppliers are working to mitigate blood collection tube shortages through protective allocation strategies and focusing production on tubes with the highest demand, those actions alone won’t immediately solve the problem. Providers must also consider ways to conserve allocated supplies by approaching blood collection in a more strategic — and flexible — way.


Growth in Digital Technologies Present Opportunities to Improve Access to Behavioral Healthcare


During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been explosion of digital technologies in the behavioral health space. The growth of these technologies has the potential to transform the care paradigm and increase access to underserved populations, but it’s not without challenges. 


Checking In on Checkpoint Inhibitors and Your Oncology Spend


Four strategies to help manage the increased indicated uses and expenses for checkpoint inhibitors, a type of immunotherapy that blocks checkpoint proteins and helps stop the spread of cancer.