Healthcare Cost Containment: October 2017
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How Cleveland Clinic Saved Millions Through Smarter Energy Use
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
The Office for a Healthy Environment at Cleveland Clinic has launched several initiatives to manage its heating, ventilation, and air conditioning costs, which can drain the energy budget. For example, using setbacks to lower the thermostat just two degrees saves $600,000 a year.
Hospital COPD Bundle Curbs Costly Readmissions
By Laura Ramos Hegwer
University of Cincinnati Medical Center used improvement science to develop and implement a COPD care bundle for patients who are often readmitted due to care-delivery failures.
A Facilities Reinvestment Schedule Prevents Surprises, Creates Savings Opportunities
By Ed Avis
Having a disciplined, long-term reinvestment schedule is one way many healthcare organizations keep their facilities in top shape, maximize energy savings, and prevent catastrophic system failures resulting from inadequate maintenance.
Helping Emergency Department Clinicians Understand the Costs of Care
An interview with Kevin A. Hoffman, Lakeland Health, by Laura Ramos Hegwer
Finance leaders should collaborate with clinical leaders to develop a greater awareness of room fees, nursing fees, and radiology fees needed to treat ED patients.
Care Navigators Offer Cost-Effective Solution for Improving Value-Based Care
By Dawn Hawkins Johnson and Darcie Goodman
Targeted interventions by care navigators can make a big difference in population health and patient satisfaction without a big cost.
Sidebar: Rising At-Risk Populations
Sidebar: Care Navigators: A Mini Case Study
Containing Clinical Costs
Working Smarter: Using Control Charts to Tackle the High Cost of Clinical Variation
By Jennie Dulac
From our sponsor Kaufman, Hall & Associates
Consistent, accurate, and timely clinical reporting has the power to prompt care teams to adhere to clinical protocols and be mindful of how they stack up against peers and national benchmarks.
Healthcare Costs at a Glance
Flu Vaccine Helps Avoid More than 70,000 Hospitalizations
CDC estimates that if vaccination rates increased by just 5 percentage points across the entire population, another 6,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations could have been avoided.