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Physician Strategies that Drive Results—and Improve Value

In the last year, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center’s cardiovascular unit has shaved three days off of its length of stay, reduced treatment costs by thousands of dollars, and improved quality measures such as door-to-balloon time—thanks largely to its innovative partnerships with physicians. 

Yale-New Haven Forecasts 7-Figure Savings with Perpetual OR Inventory Management

Tracking and documenting expensive implants as they are used is expected to save $1 million this year for a teaching hospital with a busy OR.

6 Strategies for Reducing Human Resources Costs

A 1 percent increase in a hospital’s overall retention rate could save the organization as much as $1 million. Learn what recruitment metrics every hospital should track to reduce costs, enhance efficiency, and protect revenue.

How Redesigning Diabetes Care at Partners HealthCare Improved Value

In October 2010, Partners HealthCare in Boston undertook an ambitious initiative to redesign care plans for four conditions and one procedure throughout a defined episode of care.

Strategies for Improving Value in Hospitals

Effective supply chain management incorporates strategies that support better care as well as lower costs.

Readmissions Higher for Nonsurgical Patients 

Thirty-day readmission rates for non surgical hospitalizations were consistently higher than readmission rates for surgical hospitalization, across payer and age groups, according to a recent study.

Foam Mattresses in ED May Be More Cost-Effective

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that the use of foam mattresses on emergency department stretchers and beds is likely to reduce costs and improve health for elderly patients.

Web Extra: Model of Supply Chain Success: BJC Healthcare

Earning the trust of its academic and community physicians has helped BJC HealthCare achieve millions of dollars in savings on high-cost physician preference items. 

Web Extra: Electronic Access to Tests May Increase Ordering

Having access to electronic imaging results may increase the likelihood that physicians will order another test, according to a recent study. 

Publication Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012