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Issue 4, December 2019

Issue 3, September 2019

  • 09/19/19

    One of the key strategic questions facing hospitals and physician groups today is whether to be part of a health care system. Across the industry, the ongoing flurry of merger and acquisition activity keeps health care providers evaluating if this strategy is the right one for them.

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  • 09/19/19

    Increasing turnover among U.S. nurses has prompted hospitals and health systems to consider programmatic and cultural changes to mitigate, address and prevent its pervasive effects. These effects include poor provider wellness, reduced productivity, high job burnout, early retirement and reduced quality of care.

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  • 09/19/19

    Welcome back! Well that was a nice break, but it is time to get to back to work in Washington! September is going to be a potentially HUGE month in health policy. We are looking at possible legislative advances on big issues like drug prices, surprise bills and (hopefully) a delay of Medicaid DSH cuts before the Oct. 1 deadline.

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  • 09/19/19

    HCAHPS. Employee satisfaction. FTE numbers. Readmissions. Overtime. Length of stay. Market share. Infection rates. And on and on and on. Data. We are inundated with data in health care.

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  • 09/19/19

    Maintaining operational viability in today’s evolving health care landscape demands a service line strategy that positions your organization as a market leader in delivering the best outcomes at the most efficient costs.

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Issue 2, June 2019

  • 06/18/19

    Hospitals today stand at a crossroads that few anticipated a decade or two ago. Thanks to the latest technological innovations, greater emphasis on managing populations through preventative care and consumer desire for convenience, procedures and conditions that once necessitated lengthy hospitalizations may now require only outpatient visits or shorter hospitals stays.

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  • 06/18/19

    Among the hot topics in health care right now is the concept of service distribution — the hard work that health systems are doing to ensure that services are appropriately placed across the system’s various facilities and campuses to meet patients’ needs now and in the future.

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  • 06/18/19

    The Vizient Office of Public Policy and Government Relations serves as a liaison and partner on policy and legislative issues that affect the diverse health care organizations we serve. To help our members navigate the complex political landscape, the public policy team regularly distills the latest health care-related activities from Capitol Hill and provides an easy-to-absorb overview with key takeaways.

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  • 06/18/19

    With departments and units often operating at cross purposes — behavior that leadership sometimes unintentionally sets in motion — the result can be frustrated staff and poor service to patients and other customers. How does an organization overcome this fragmentation?

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Issue 1, March 2019

  • 03/19/19

    An influx of expensive new biologic and specialty medications and rapid changes in reimbursement have many health systems re-examining their outpatient medication inventory strategies. The goals: to balance or avoid risk while continuing to provide patients access to the most appropriate medication therapies.

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  • 03/19/19

    The introduction of high deductible health plans (HDHPs) was predicated on the assumption that price transparency would compel patients to shop for health care services much like they do for major appliances or automobiles.

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  • 03/19/19

    Take a deep breath, roll your eyes, say a cheer or shed a little tear – depending on your views – but no matter what your thoughts are, the president’s budget request you are hearing so much about right now is NOT LAW.

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  • 03/19/19

    Health care organizations are sometimes resistant to change and yet in search of change all at the same time. Across the country, large health systems, academic medical centers and community hospitals continue to seek out ways to maximize operations, improve financial performance and deliver high quality patient care.

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Issue 4, November 2018

Issue 3, August 2018

  • 08/21/18

    Overcrowded emergency departments (EDs) with excruciatingly long wait times have become commonplace in our country’s health system today. That’s because EDs have taken on a much more expansive role in the provision of care than in years past.

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  • 08/21/18

    Financial results in 2017 were a warning for many U.S. hospitals, as operating cash flow margins reached their lowest level in the last decade. Revenues are rising but costs are increasing faster, resulting in downward pressure on margins and reduced hospital liquidity.

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  • 08/21/18

    Disasters come in many forms and the scenarios in each may differ, but oftentimes they result in the loss of vital computer access. When hospitals prepare for expected and unexpected downtime, plans often focus on the electronic health record (EHR) and are well suited for short duration events, those lasting 24 hours or less.

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  • 08/21/18

    The House of Representatives has high-tailed it out of town for their annual August recess and the Senate will return next week to continue working through nominations and the government funding bills. That’s exactly as thrilling as it sounds, and normally, it’s a pretty quiet time here in Washington, DC.

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  • 08/21/18

    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.

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Issue 2, May 2018

Issue 1, February 2018

  • 02/13/18

    On Jan. 9, 2018, CMS released the long-awaited and much-anticipated Bundled Payments for Care Improvement-Advanced (BPCI-Advanced) initiative. The announcement affirmed the agency’s commitment to alternative payment models (APM) as an integral component of its quest to find innovative and effective ways to manage health care costs.

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  • 02/13/18

    Efficient, repeatable processes are integral to patient care and health care operations. When done well, patients receive more consistent, quality care, and if an error occurs, it avoids the blame game and becomes an opportunity to improve the process.

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  • 02/13/18

    Although the end of 2017 was a race to the finish that narrowly avoided a government shutdown and threatened to keep Congress, staffers and lobbyists in D.C. until Christmas day, there are no signs that 2018 will be any less … eventful.

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  • 02/13/18

    Do you know what drug diversion looks like? How would you know if it was happening in your facility?

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