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6 Strategies for Coping with Drug Shortages
By Karen Wagner
Taking proactive steps to manage the staggering drug shortage may help to avert or reduce some of the costs associated with hunting down hard-to-find drugs-and, more important, protect patient safety.
How Population Health Management Can Drive Down Internal Costs
By Joseph Berardo, Jr.
An increasing number of healthcare organizations are adopting wellness and prevention programs as part of cost-cutting initiatives, both to manage the health of the populations they serve and their employees. The key to success in population health management: the use of data analytics to identify those who may become high-risk patients, identify gaps in care, and help tailor preventive health programs for a specific population.
Reallocating Post-Discharge Calls Enhances the Patient Experience and the Bottom Line
By Steve Whitehurst
Too often, the task of calling discharged patients to ensure appropriate follow-up care falls on an already overburdened hospital nurse. Outsourcing the task may lead to improved care, happier patients, and lower readmission rates.
Line Item Match Exception Process Key to Supply Chain Improvements
By Rosalind Parkinson
In the process of uncovering the root causes of price discrepancies, Ohio State University Medical Center was able to eliminate finance charges for late payment of invoices as well as make process changes that have led to more efficient ordering, improved data management, product standardization, and supplier contract negotiations.
4 Extra Ways Hospitals Can Benefit from the 340B Program
By Suzanne Herzog
Enrolling in the 340B drug discount program can help hospitals do more than lower drug costs. The program can also help hospitals balance finances, protect against price increases, reduce their own healthcare costs, and increase patient access to pharmacies.
Retaking Healthcare by Storm: How Ochsner Health System Is Creating a New Model in New Orleans
By Joel McTopy
Known as "The Storm" by local residents, Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans was unprecedented in American history. The local healthcare system was as devastated by the storm as the community. But one hospital that remained open did more than survive: Ochsner Health System built a new healthcare model for New Orleans that garnered its CEO top accolades by Modern Physician magazine in 2007, naming him the No. 1 most powerful physician executive in the nation.
Reducing Labor Costs Requires Practical Thinking, Data Linking
Healthcare consultant Kelly E. Styles, RN, MHA, PhD, president of Chicago-based Verras, discusses how poor habits and entrenched practice patterns among administrators and physicians can get in the way of reducing labor expenses.
One Way to Reduce Drug Costs: Switching from IV to Oral Meds
A recent study found that hospitals that encourage the use of oral medications over intravenous (IV) medicines, where possible, could save millions of dollars a year.
Innovative Approach to Disclosing Adverse Events Saves $3 Million for 1 Hospital
When Stanford Hospital & Clinics launched a program to facilitate disclosure of adverse events, apologize them, and compensate patients, the health system saw its liability premiums decrease by about $3.2 million annually.
New Delivery Models Engage Consumers in Reducing Healthcare Spending
As the nation moves toward value-based business models of care, a period of 'disruptive innovation' will reduce costs of care delivery and make access to care more convenient.
Web Extra: Making the Laboratory the Leader in Clinical Integration
By Robert R. Reed and Arjen Westerink
Although payment reform and expense management dominate discussions among healthcare providers, clinical integration will soon emerge as the long-term strategic imperative for community hospitals and health systems.
Web Extra: PwC Ranks Top Health Industry Issues for 2012
Despite economic and political uncertainty, healthcare organizations will move full steam ahead in 2012 to meet regulatory requirements in and respond to challenges such as state health insurance exchanges, new reporting requirements, increasing drug shortages, and more, according to an analysis released by PwC's Health Research Institute.
Publication Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Russ Graney, founder and CEO for Aidin, and John Laursen, head of business development for Aidin, share insights on how to improve care transitions between acute and post-acute care settings and incentivize high-quality patient outcomes.
Scott Elston, strategic accounts manager, GE Healthcare Services, describes how substantial cost reduction in health care requires rethinking business strategy and asset use.
Robert Williams, MD, director, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Arielle Freiberger, product strategist, ConvergeHEALTH by Deloitte, explain how sophisticated retrospective, real-time, and predictive data analytics can inform decision making to reduce costs and improve care.
Stuart Hanson, director of business development (healthcare solutions) at Citi Retail Services, discusses how improving the payment experience can benefit consumers and healthcare providers.
Scott Schmidt, vice president, Cerner RevWorks, LLC, shares insights on best practices for maximizing a revenue cycle management partnership.
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