Clinical and Care Delivery News

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  • Three Observations for the Role of Analytics in Improvement
    06/19/18

    Steve Meurer is a data scientist and a road warrior. Over the last 12 months, Vizient’s executive principal of data science and member insights has traveled to more than 100 member hospitals nationwide. His primary purpose is to help hospital physician and quality leaders leverage the performance improvement analytics that are available to them.

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  • Speak Up for Patient Safety in Vizient PSO Huddles
    06/19/18

    You may have heard the phrase, “See something. Say something.” It’s a call for people to speak out if they see a potential threat to public safety. A similar idea exists in the world of health care: If clinicians see something of concern for patient safety, they should speak up, and a patient safety huddle is the perfect forum for them to do that.

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  • CMS Delays July Star Ratings Release with Input from Vizient, Others
    06/19/18

    Following feedback from Vizient and other health care organizations and associations, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a delay in the biannual release of the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, scheduled for July. A new release date has not been announced however as the Agency has committed to doing further analysis of several data and methodology issues that have been raised.

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  • Share Your Voice
    06/19/18

    We are recruiting participants for a new online forum, Vizient Voice. Vizient Voice is a channel for members to easily share perspectives, experiences and opinions. Participants will respond to brief surveys and polls as well as join real-time discussions with Vizient staff and peers regarding hot topics. To join, complete the brief introductory survey now.

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Issue 1, March 2018

Issue 4, December 2017

In Case You Missed It

Issue 3, September 2017

Issue 2, June 2017

Issue 1, March 2017

  • 03/14/17

    With health care providers now shouldering even more financial responsibility, it is incumbent on them to operate more strategically in their quest to deliver value-based care. Under the watchful eye of CMS, providers are seeing the addition of multiple measures related to payer spend for the CMS value-based initiatives.

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  • 03/14/17

    When it comes to the relationship between physicians and hospitals, the message for health care executives is clear: without aligned physicians, hospital admissions are at stake. That alignment has taken on additional importance as physicians and hospitals adjust their strategies to meet rising performance standards within the new risk-based payment models, such as bundled payments.

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  • 03/14/17

    When I think about how most hospitals audit their work processes, a favorite commercial comes to mind: the LifeLock™‘Bank’ TV spot. It begins with several armed robbers entering a bank filled with people. The robbers tell bank customers and employees to drop to the floor, but the security “monitor” remains standing. One of the customers looks up and whispers, “Hey, do something.”

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  • 03/14/17

    The Institute of Medicine estimates the scope of waste in the U.S. health care system at $765 billion per year. The bad news is obvious. The good news is hospitals are a target-rich environment for improvement.

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  • 03/14/17

    Saturdays around my house are spent taking care of routine tasks like cleaning, grocery shopping and laundry. The television is usually on in the background with whatever is on HGTV. My favorite is Fixer Upper. While it inspires projects in my own home, it also reminds me of that 1980s movie, Money Pit.

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Issue 3, December 2016

In Case You Missed It

Think Like a Physician

Issue 2, September 2016

  • 09/13/16

    More than 100 years ago, the use of applied statistics and data visualization was pioneered in the field of nursing. Today, we call it “big data” and nurse leaders in hospitals across the country tap into it every day to not only improve their processes

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  • 09/13/16

    In an article posted by Managed Healthcare Executive on August 14, Vizient’s David Levine, MD, FACEP, vice president of advanced analytics and informatics, provided an overview of CMS’ rating methodology and the resulting issues it creates for hospitals and consumers

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  • 09/13/16

    “That data isn’t correct.” Those four words are what every hospital’s data analysts must be prepared to hear and respond to at some point in every presentation they make. What they say next is critical and the stakes are high. How they respond can be the difference between

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  • 09/13/16

    Health care spending in the U.S. exceeds $3 trillion per year and 10 percent of the population – the chronically ill – accounts for approximately 60 percent of that cost. Those patients are distinguished by their complex medical conditions that often require costly interventions. 

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Issue 1, June 2016