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Cover Story

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.

Process Improvement

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.

Case Study

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.

Improving Value

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