Healthcare Cost Containment: February 2014
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Blue Book Helps Identify Variances Across Health System
By Karen Wagner
Banner Health achieved increased standardization and savings for supply costs within on year by using an internal benchmarking tool to identify variances across the health system’s 24 hospitals.
Translating Data into Action for Patient Engagement and Cost Savings
By Noel Khirsukhani
By marrying engaged patients and proactive care coordination approaches, provider organizations can reduce expensive care, such as unnecessary ED utilization and hospital readmissions.
Reducing Waste in Medical Records Processing
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
Sentara Healthcare’s 50 percent reduction in costs related to medical records processing can largely be attributed to benchmarking.
Clinical Cost Containment
How Clinical Decision Support for Advanced Images Can Reduce Costs
By Lola Butcher
A pilot project involving five health systems in Minnesota found that the use of clinical decision support reduced orders for certain MRI and CT scans by 20 percent and 36 percent, respectively, with no apparent impact on patients.
Evaluating Businesses and Services for Strategic and Financial Alignment
By Kit Kamholz
Hospital leaders should analyze core businesses and services by assessing each within the context of the broader geographic market and identifying where and how services might be better distributed across the delivery system.
Publication Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014