Please enjoy our Winter Reading List, a compilation of our most popular newsletter stories and blogs supporting the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care from 2021. We hope it helps spark inspiration for the new year.

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Addressing Clinical Documentation Challenges: New Technology Solutions Improve Accuracy

When a gunshot victim arrived at the emergency department of an academic medical center in hemorrhagic shock, clinicians sprang into action to provide immediate, life-saving treatment. Later, when the clinical documentation team looked at the patient’s medical record, it contained incomplete documentation that can have a significant impact on care and costs. Fortunately, solutions are available to help physicians and advanced practice providers improve clinical documentation.

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A Balancing Act: The Dynamics Behind N95 Supply and Demand

As the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold early last year, clinicians donned and doffed N95 masks as they always had done while caring for an increasing number of COVID patients. When it became clear that personal protective equipment such as N95 masks was in short supply, hospitals began extraordinary conservation and reuse measures. Today, the picture is much different.

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Collaborative Focused on Staff Well-being During COVID Reduces Voluntary Nurse Separations, Identifies Leading Practices

Health care staff and clinicians are indispensable to the care of the patients and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but they themselves are facing many challenges. Participants in Vizient’s Staff Well-being Coping with Crisis Events collaborative have reduced voluntary nurse separations and identified several leading practices that support staff well-being during a crisis.

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BLOG: Preparing for an Offsite Accreditation Survey: Strategies for Success

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BLOG: It’s All in the Story: Five Elements to Strengthen Your Presentation with Storytelling

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Forecasting Post-Pandemic Recovery: Sg2 Report Details Rising Acuity and Site of Care Shifts Over the Decade

After unprecedented declines in inpatient admissions and outpatient volumes in 2020, a new report from Sg2 projects a strong recovery for overall patient demands. While this is welcome news for an industry that has been reeling for the last 18 months due to an array of challenges related to the pandemic, digging into the details shows trends that will require shifts in resources and investments by provider organizations.

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Procedure Sites of the Future: Four Ways Clinical Leaders Can Prepare Now

During the next decade, outpatient procedures are expected to grow by 19%, with many transitioning outside hospital walls to lower-cost, lower-acuity ambulatory care sites. These shifts can provide opportunities for clinical leaders who are poised to take advantage of them. Here are the procedures predicted to shift along with four ways to prepare now.

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Vizient Experts Share Insights on Current COVID-19 Surge

After 18 months, COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on hospitals and health systems and the individuals caring for patients. We reached out to four Vizient’s experts to get their insights about the challenges of the current COVID surge, what members need to know and available Vizient resources. Here’s what they had to say.

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BLOG: Caring for our Newest Nurses During COVID-19: A Call to Action for Hospital and Nursing Leaders

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BLOG: Three Considerations to Strengthen Hospital Clinician Engagement and Retention

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Managing Today’s Workforce Challenges: Three Areas for Focus

The impact from COVID-19 has been astonishing and swift. Stay-at-home orders drove layoffs and shutdowns. Remote work became a new norm for many. Clinicians at hospitals continued their work despite uncertainty about their and their family’s health, shortages of personal protective equipment and spikes in the number of COVID cases and hospitalizations. Even today, clinicians continue to give of themselves tending to the needs of so many. While the dedication is unwavering, burnout combined with a lack of available caregivers is challenging hospital leaders to meet the continuing demand. Here are three important areas for health care leaders to focus on during this challenging time.

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Beyond Advisors: Study Explores Use of Patients and Families as Educators

There’s tremendous power and potential when patients and families serve as educators to help hospitals improve the patient experience, as well as quality and safety. But how often is that happening in our nation’s hospitals? That’s exactly what Vizient and the Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care explored in a first-of-its-kind national assessment of how hospitals leverage the knowledge and experience of patients and families to educate medical students, residents, staff, clinicians and leaders. The results were surprising.

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Advancing Team Culture: Workforce Effectiveness During COVID and Beyond

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health care workforce has shown resilience and agility in the face of unprecedented challenges. Yet sustaining and improving the advances made in the past year means nurturing a culture of teamwork. Here are several keys to advancing team culture as well as common barriers.

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BLOG: Ultrasound Infection Prevention: Balancing Safety Measures and Cost

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BLOG: Clinical Leadership Rounding - Shifting to a Tracer Approach

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BLOG: Joint Commission and Block Charting During Emergencies: Is it Right for Your Hospital?

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Published: December 12, 2021