Celestial Orbits and the Myth of Aligned Incentives

04/12/22

Aspiring to economic alignment between providers and patients is not unlike looking up and hoping for an eclipse. The altruistic nature of health care providers, and not the alignment of financial incentives, is necessary to balance the economic interests of the providers with those of their patients.

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Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Paints Bigger Picture by Linking Testing to Treatment

04/07/22

Recent innovations in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (NMMI) represent several scintillating moments that have a big-picture effect on health care.

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Five Strategies to Implement Now to Support Your Hospital’s Newly Licensed Nurses

04/05/22

Throughout the country, nursing vacancies are at an all-time high. Many hospitals and health care organizations are filling these vacancies by hiring a record number of newly licensed nurses (NLNs). As we navigate nursing workforce challenges, organizations need to focus on addressing the unique needs of these nurses in creative ways. Here are five strategies nursing leaders can implement now to support your hospital’s NLNs.

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The Chicken and the Egg: The Connection Between Health Literacy and Health Equity

04/01/22

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This is a long-debated question for which there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer. You cannot have one without the other. So why not consider the chicken and the egg? In health care, a similar analogy can be used for health literacy and health equity as related concepts. 

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Beyond Leadership: Five Factors to Sustaining Health Care Improvement

03/22/22

Many health care organizations can achieve top performance across multiple domains for a short period of time. However, sustaining those achievements year after year has often proven elusive. For the past 15 years, Vizient has evaluated the performance achievements of academic medical centers in Vizient’s Quality and Accountability ranking and compared the practices of consistent top performers with those of peer institutions with less consistent success. Here's what we learned.

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Strategies to leverage health care purchasing power toward sustainability and a healthier future

03/16/22

By consistently scrutinizing social and environmental impact in all purchasing decisions, health care organizations can leverage their total purchasing power to influence suppliers and vendors to lower their carbon emissions, use safer chemicals, reduce waste, and also improve diversity and social responsibility.

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Maslow’s Hammer and Health Care Prices

03/15/22

Has our trust in the market to govern the distribution of health care services and to establish rational, sustainable prices may have been misplaced or might the market be the wrong tool for the job?

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Three Steps to Navigate the Perfect Storm of Clinical Workforce Shortages

03/10/22

The current workforce shortage may feel familiar, but that doesn’t mean answers are easy or obvious. Navigating the storm requires a comprehensive approach with a long-term mindset around three main components: Recruit, Retain, Reimagine. 

 

 

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Building a Healthier Future: The Intersection of Healthcare Design and Climate

03/04/22

Hospitals can play an important role in reducing the future impacts of climate change through more sustainable planning, design and construction. It requires prioritizing using carbon capture products and working with net zero manufacturers, adding electric vehicles to the fleet and incentivizing employees to transition to electric vehicles. As thought leaders, we must boldly invest in climate-resilient design with health equity at the center.

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Creating the Optimal Environment for Clinical Team Success

03/02/22

You may have whiplash from the wide array of headlines about the clinical workforce over the past 18 months. It seems like every day we hear of the challenges clinicians face—lack of alignment and engagement with hospital and health system strategy and goals, well-being and burnout issues from the demands of professional duties and the transition from fee-for-service to value-based payment with health information technology as the platform. These are just a few areas where we need to help clinicians achieve success while managing the demands of practice. An effective clinician onboarding program can help ensure clinician well-being and engagement throughout their career—including times of immense stress.

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