Clinical and Care Delivery News

Issue 4, November 2019

  • 11/20/19

    As blockbuster biologics continue to come off patents, biosimilars are poised to play a crucial role in reshaping the treatment landscape for cancer and other chronic conditions. Besides producing equivalent outcomes to their biologic reference products, biosimilars are also expected to help lower the overall cost of health care.

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  • 11/20/19

    In today’s increasingly complex health care environment, hospital leaders are challenged to improve patient outcomes, boost productivity, and increase provider and staff retention. Key to achieving these goals is having effective care teams that utilize each member to the fullest extent of their scope of practice and training.

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  • 11/20/19

    We’ve recently shared communications about updates to existing US Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) Chapters surrounding pharmaceutical compounding regulations as well as a new regulation for handling hazardous drugs in health care facilities. The new and updated rules were scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1.

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  • 11/20/19

    Historically, health care organizations in the United States have struggled with helping patients navigate their care choices when facing serious illnesses.

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Issue 3, July 2019

  • 07/25/19

    A nurse’s first job is one of the most exciting and memorable events of his or her career. For many however, the excitement often turns to stress and low confidence after a few months on the job, as the challenges of transitioning from the academic setting to clinical practice set in.

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  • 07/25/19

    On June 26, Vizient hosted the second in a series of Congressional briefings highlighting how hospital providers nationwide are managing and mitigating rising prescription drug costs. Congresswoman Angie Craig (D-Minn.), along with key leaders in the hospital industry discussed solutions such as strategies to increase generic drug competition, enhance supply chain efficiencies, prepare for biosimilar adoption and help avoid drug shortages.

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  • 07/25/19

    For health care systems across the country, the need to make lasting clinical and operational improvements is greater than ever. And for hundreds of Vizient members, the Vizient Performance Improvement Collaborative Program has provided them with the opportunity to work with peers and Vizient and industry experts to improve in a specific area of care.

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  • 07/25/19

    Plasma-derived therapeutics are part of a complex dynamic of global supply chain economics and clinical contributing factors, all of which can affect the ability to obtain the product needed for patient care.

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Issue 2, April 2019

  • 04/23/19

    Effectively addressing drug diversion is a challenging proposition for every health system. With abundant medication inventories spread across numerous access points, health care organizations can face serious legal, financial, and reputational risks as well as regulatory fines resulting from internal diversion and inadequate controls.

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  • 04/23/19

    For more than 20 years, members from academic medical centers, health care systems and community hospitals of all sizes have benefitted from the numerous successful improvement initiatives delivered through performance improvement collaboratives. The Vizient Performance Improvement (PI) Collaboratives program provides an ideal setting for members to work together on initiatives that improve specific aspects of their clinical, operational and financial performance.

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  • 04/23/19

    In a recent Vizient webcast about successful practice transformation in ambulatory care delivery, I was asked, “How does the patient know when they’ve experienced true team-based care?” It was a great question and, quite frankly, I had to think about it.

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  • 04/23/19

    As the advanced practice provider (APP) workforce continues to expand its footprint across the health care landscape, significant focus has been placed on maximizing clinical team capabilities by executing to full scope of practice to provide high-quality, cost-effective care.

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Issue 1, January 2019

Issue 3, September 2018

Issue 2, June 2018

  • 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