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Average Length of Stay: It's Time for a New Metric

December 10, 2008

Although it has traditionally been the standard measurement for hospital effectiveness, the "average length-of-stay" (LOS) is an ill-advised and inaccurate tool. So says Rick Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare. Jackson is calling for a new metric, one that shifts the focus from counting meals and the use of beds to the real culprit in hospital costs -- bottlenecks in and between departments. According to Jackson, his new metric, the "enterprise length-of-stay" (ELOS), will increase throughput, capacity, and revenue.

BY:
Jackson Healthcare
www.jacksonhealthcare.com

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The Foundation for a High-Performing Revenue Cycle: Putting Process First

November 17, 2008

In today's market, it's imperative that hospitals maximize all of their revenue cycle technology investments — and most organizations think they have. So what's missing? This white paper points out some of the pitfalls of revenue cycle technology implementation, then provides steps for maximizing tech investments — chiefly by making certain that organizational work flow and processes are working in concert with technologies to produce optimal returns.

BY:
Stockamp, A Huron Consulting Group Practice
www.stockamp.com

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Healthcare Thought Leaders Share Their Experiences and Advice on What to Look For In a Recruitment Partner

November 13, 2008

Today's healthcare organizations are faced with increasing pressure to reduce overall labor costs while improving the quality of patient care. To compete, they need to access the best talent requiring a combination of the latest talent technologies coupled with exceptional recruiting expertise. As part of a commitment to healthcare and continuously raising the bar, Pinstripe Healthcare is interviewing the nation's best healthcare organizations to better understand their needs and what they value in a partner. Following is the feedback collected from leaders of these organizations.

BY:
Pinstripe
www.pinstripehealthcare.com

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Beyond Productivity: A New Approach to Controlling Healthcare Labor Costs

November 5, 2008

Healthcare organizations strive to provide excellent care while struggling to keep costs in line with expectations. More often that not, organizations meet their general productivity goals but labor expenses exceed-and confound-expectations. How can you achieve and maintain a patient-focused organization and a desirable work environment, given that cost control and accountability across the enterprise are also imperative? Is there a better way to manage workforce productivity? Read this compelling whitepaper from Kronos and learn how their guided analytics approach can help you gain visibility, guidance and control.

BY:
Kronos
www.kronos.com

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In a Down Economy, Tightening and Automating Revenue Cycle Processes Can Significantly Improve Group Practice Financial Performance

November 3, 2008

In a down economy, tightening and automating revenue cycle processes can significantly improve group practice financial performance. The trend among employers to shift health care costs to employees is likely to accelerate. Many patients may lose coverage altogether. These trends will strain the ability of many medical groups to maintain physician income and adequate cash flow to fund operations. Developing the capability to accurately bill patients at the time of service will help prevent losses. It requires auditing, improving and, where possible, automating basic revenue cycle functions.

BY:
PivotHealth
www.pivothealth.com

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Creating Efficiency and Benchmarks in the Recruitment Process

October 23, 2008

Carondelet Health sought to improve candidates and ensure that their system was the employer of choice in the Kansas City area, while confronting a challenging labor market. Working in partnership with Pinstripe, Carondelet Health was able to implement a more streamlined recruitment process, provide hiring managers better qualified candidates, reduce overall labor costs, decrease time-to-fill, reduce the ratio of separations to hires, and increase year-over-year nursing hires.

BY:
Pinstripe
www.pinstripehealthcare.com

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PREPARING FOR THE FORM 990, SCHEDULE K: NO TIME TO KILL

October 22, 2008

Will my organization be ready to report its private business use of tax-exempt bond proceeds on the Form 990, Schedule K to 1/10th of 1 percent for the 2009 tax year? How do we get started, how long will it take to prepare this calculation and how much will this cost?

BY:
Digital Assurance Certification
www.dacbond.com

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2008 National Survey on Patient Flow Challenges and Technologies

October 20, 2008

StatCom's 2008 survey was designed to capture the thoughts and opinions of U.S. healthcare executives, including C-level executives, vice presidents and directors, regarding patent flow and technology issues at their facilities. Among the more than 200 healthcare executives responding, the overwhelming majority (89 percent) say their facility has poor patient flow, and indicate the leading cause is poor communication. Despite that significant number, only 56 percent of healthcare facilities have implemented patient flow systems.

BY:
Statcom
www.statcom.com

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Reading Hospital Medical Group Builds Physician Practice Group from the Ground-Up in Six Months

October 9, 2008
Today's healthcare organizations are faced with increasing pressure to reduce overall labor costs while improving the quality of patient care. This white paper examines how a best-in-class Recruitment Process Outsourcer helped build a medical group from the ground-up by designing and implementing a new HR Function that filled positions for 50 physicians and more than 278 staff employees.

BY:
Pinstripe
www.pinstripehealthcare.com

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Healthcare 2015: The Future of Care Delivery

September 29, 2008
Care delivery is at an inflection point where we have the opportunity to achieve new milestones in defining, measuring and delivering value. This new in-depth study from IBM, explores how care delivery will likely evolve and how providers can prepare.

BY:
IBM
www.ibm.com

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Beyond MSOs - The Physician Services Company (PSC) as a 'turnkey' solution for a Market-wide Hospital-Physician Integration Strategy

September 9, 2008
Management Services Organizations (MSOs) peaked and fell as a hospital-physician integration strategy in the 1990s not because the concept was unsound, but because many hospitals lacked adequate physician management expertise and resources. The Physician Services Company (PSC) is different. Backed by medical practice experts and advanced electronic medical records and practice management systems, the PSC provides the strategic planning, resources, and operational flexibility required to profitably support physicians market-wide, whether they are employed, affiliated, or independent in a "turnkey" program.

BY:
PivotHealth, LLC
www.pivothealth.com

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Healthcare Employers Plan to Increase Headcount Through the Second Half of 2008, According to CareerBuilder.com Midyear Employment Forecast

July 18, 2008
According to the CareerBuilder Midyear Employment Forecast, 26% of large healthcare employers are planning to increase the number of full-time, permanent employees from July through December 2008.

BY:
CareerBuilder.com
www.careerbuilder.com

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Increasing Patient Satisfaction: A Key Benefit of Improving Patient Flow Performance

June 23, 2008
One key benefit of improved patient flow performance is an improvement in patients' satisfaction with their overall care experience. This white paper provides examples of the patient flow and patient satisfaction improvements made by three top hospitals, including Press Ganey scores; guidelines for improving patient flow and patient satisfaction; and insights on sustaining improved performance.

BY:
Stockamp & Associates
www.stockamp.com

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High Cost of Health Care for Seniors: Challenges and Solutions

June 6, 2008
Health care costs today continue to skyrocket, with the chronically ill and aging population serving as the biggest drivers of costs. Adults age 65+ engage in the highest level of health care spending among all age groups, with the majority of Medicare dollars spent on the treatment of chronic disease. The current health system does not sufficiently meet older adults' needs.

But what if preventive care, combined with information, electronic records and a health plan that focused on preventive health were available? Would there be better outcomes and reduced costs?

BY:
Erickson Health
www.ericksonhealth.com

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Healthcare Employers Reveal Recruitment and Retention Strategies for 2008

May 6, 2008
Over 22% of healthcare workers plan to leave their job in the next two years. A new CareerBuilder.com study reveals four major recruitment and retention trends for 2008 that will help you be competitive in your quest to retain and attract top talent. Read about these four trends so you can more effectively recruit the best talent and retain your top performers.

BY:
Careerbuilder.com
www.buildmydreamteam.com

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Industry Leaders Set Standards of Excellence for Telephonic Medical Consults

April 23, 2008
With the emergence of the telehealth industry - physicians providing medical consultations via the telephone -- the introduction of industry standards will ensure quality and consistency of patient care and will help to guide decision-makers in public and private sectors. This paper articulates the optimal standards of care for telehealth programs, which currently serve more than 1.2M Americans.

AUTHORS:
Tommy Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is the Chief Executive Officer of Thompson Consulting Group.

Vice Admiral Donald Arthur, MD, is retired Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy.

Rick Boxer, MD, Chair of the National Health Policy Council, is a distinguished clinician, health care entrepreneur, presidential appointee, and industry leader.

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Practicing Medicine in Rural America: The Physician's Perspective

April 2, 2008
This white paper by physician recruiting firm LocumTenens.com offers the physician's perspective on practicing rural medicine in the context of secondary rural health care data from the federal government and other sources. It highlights a late-2007 online physician survey on the topic to which 1,965 U.S. physicians responded.

BY:
Locum Tenens, Alpharetta, Georgia
www.locumtenens.com/rural

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Healthcare 2015: Win-win or lose-lose?

March 1, 2008
Healthcare is in crisis. While this is not news for many countries, we believe what is now different is that the current paths of many healthcare systems around the world will become unsustainable by 2015. Healthcare systems that fail to transform will likely require immediate and major forced restructuring--a "lose-lose" scenario for all stakeholders. There is a more positive scenario--a "win-win"--but it is one that will require new levels of accountability, tough decisions and hard work on the part of all stakeholders. Healthcare 2015: Win-win or lose-lose? offers an initial prescription for action.

BY:
IBM, Somers, NY
www.ibm.com

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Healthcare 2015 and U.S. health plans: New roles, new competencies

March 1, 2008
The U.S. healthcare system is on an unsustainable path that will force its transformation. Health plan providers must help shape and lead the healthcare transformation or risk being marginalized. Read Healthcare 2015 and U.S. health plans: New roles, new competencies to learn about these challenges as well as IBM's recommendations for health plans to thrive in a much different future environment.

BY:
IBM, Somers, NY
www.ibm.com

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In the interest of the patient

March 1, 2008
While the pharmaceutical industry is seeking to replace the blockbuster model of drug development, healthcare is struggling with rapidly rising costs. This paper explores how by collaborating and sharing data, the two industries can realize the full value of the information they collect--and improve patient treatments.

BY:
IBM, Somers, NY
www.ibm.com

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Medical Misdiagnosis in America 2008:

February 19, 2008

Many of us are familiar with the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) 1999 report, To Err is Human, which revealed that 44,000- 98,000 Americans die annually as the result of medical errors. However, most of the discussions of medical error have centered on the care received in a hospital setting. Significant medical errors can also occur in other patient care settings such as physician's offices, outpatient surgical centers, imaging centers, nursing homes and retail pharmacies.

AUTHOR: Norman Scarborough, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Premerus
http://www.premerus.com/

MEDICAL STAFF LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

January 9, 2008
During a period of heavy financial loss several years ago, a hospital decided to cut back on travel to educational programs for physician leaders. At the same time, the hospital made necessary but painful cuts in other areas that affected physicians, such as nurse staffing and capital equipment. Three years later, the medical staff members elected as chief of staff a physician whose campaign promise was "to give the board hell and be administration's worst nightmare." Physician-hospital conflict then escalated, draining everybody's time and energy away from patient care.

BY:
Richard Sheff, MD
Chairman and Executive Director
The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., Marblehead, MA
www.msleadercertification.com

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MAXIMIZING RETURN ON TRAVEL NURSING INVESTMENT

January 8, 2008
Economic Staffing models can help determine critical staffing metrics required to meet hospitals' financial, clinical and operational goals.

BY:
Kim Windsor, MSN, MBA
Vice President, Clinical Services
AMN Healthcare, San Diego, CA
www.AMNHealthcare.com

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