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Will Opportunities be Leveraged or Squandered?

November 16, 2010

ICD-10 implementation will be the most significant change in U.S. health care IT to date. Given its scope and complexity, ICD-10 implementation has the potential to overtake Y2K in terms of impact and cost. Health plans and providers that embrace the technology change—along with redesigned business processes that facilitate cost savings and new capabilities—will be best positioned to integrate their remediation efforts with other corporate initiatives and determine opportunities to optimize the overall business. Learn more.>

BY:
Ingenix Consulting
www.ingenixconsulting.com

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Outcomes-Based Contracting™ The Value-Based Approach for Optimal Health with Chiropractic Services

November 12, 2010

There is sufficient basis for plan sponsors to reevaluate their current chiropractic benefit for treatment of neck and low back pain. Plan sponsors should work with their health plans to review their own claims experience with respect to treatments for neck and low back pain, especially within the employee health care benefits. This analysis provides the framework for incorporating chiropractic, for low back and neck pain, into a value based benefit design in order to derive the best health value for the payer and patient.

BY:
The Center for Health Value Innovation
www.vbhealth.org

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New Model of Community Hospital Radiology Cost Reductions From an Unforeseen Source: Via Professional Fees

November 4, 2010

Radisphere National Radiology Group is a leading radiology services provider combining on-site radiologists with the nation's largest group of remote subspecialists. Our white paper demonstrates substantial costs savings by leveraging our technology infrastructure to eliminate traditional costs hospitals pay each year for radiology. This includes elimination of transcription or voice recognition fees, critical findings software and costs for teleradiology preliminary reports to name a few.

BY:
Radisphere National Radiology Group
www.radisphere.net

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The Cornerstones of Accountable Care

September 22, 2010

The Accountable Care Organization is emerging as an important care delivery and financing model. Provider organizations around the country are considering whether to form an Accountable Care Organization. Many of these organizations are recognizing that the very process of developing an ACO addresses essential capabilities that providers must have to thrive in the post-healthcare reform environment. So the question appropriately shifts from "Should we be an ACO?" to simply "What should we do to be ready?"

BY:
Valence Health
www.valencehealth.com

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The Influence of Reform on Local Coverage and Utilization

September 13, 2010

This research from Thomson Reuters explores the features of healthcare reform that pertain to insurance coverage and utilization projections, and it presents methods for estimating insurance coverage changes in a local market. By understanding these implications of healthcare reform, hospital executives can begin to take the next steps to understand utilization trending in their local markets.

BY:
Thomson Reuters
www.thomsonreuters.com

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Interim Leadership-Healthcare's Future Talent Strategy

July 21, 2010

A number of demographic, economic, and political issues are expected to create a critical shortage of senior healthcare executives at the very time utilization of healthcare services is predicted to skyrocket. One strategy that many healthcare organizations are utilizing to meet the supply and demand issue is Interim Leadership. In the white paper, "Interim Leadership-Healthcare”s Future Talent Strategy," learn why healthcare organizations now hire an interim leader as soon as an executive- or management-level position becomes open.

BY:
BE Smith
www.besmith.com

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Improving Radiology Revenue Opportunities for Community Hospitals Through Higher Quality Service Levels

July 16, 2010

Radisphere National Radiology Group is a leading radiology services provider combining on-site radiologists with the nation's largest group of remote subspecialists. Our white paper demonstrates how clinical quality in radiology can have a positive impact on a hospital's financial health. Data is provided that explains how the increase in outpatient imaging volumes along with a decrease of inpatient imaging procedures can add hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue each year - comparing imaging volumes to "good" and "bad" cholesterol.

BY:
Radisphere
www.radisphere.net

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A Path to Eliminating $3.6 Trillion in Wasteful Healthcare Spending

July 13, 2010

Last year, Thomson Reuters published a report concluding that the U.S. healthcare system wastes $700 billion annually. We now follow with a paper describing a path for reducing that waste. It details five strategies, six targets for waste reduction, and examples of organizations that are leading the way to potentially save more than $3 trillion. We hope this paper contributes to the ongoing dialogue about healthcare costs, encouraging more debate and a call to action as reform legislation is implemented.

BY:
Thomson Reuters
www.factsforhealthcare.com

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Healthcare IT: A Principled Approach

July 8, 2010

EMC Consulting working with our clients has built a set of guiding business principles for Healthcare IT organizations, principles that enable the realization of the full strategic value of their IT investments. The paper advises clients to ambitiously deploy IT where it can affect a variety of clinical, business, and operational outcomes.

BY:
EMC Consulting
www.emc.com

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Six Things Hospitals Need to Know About Replacing Pagers With Smartphones

June 14, 2010

Pagers have been an essential part of healthcare communications for a long time due to their ability to provide reliable communications at a low cost.

But there is now a better solution that allows a large percentage of the user population of doctors, nurses, and administrators to consolidate to a single device. In fact, chances are good that these devices are already commonplace at your hospital.

Learn the six things you need to know about replacing pagers with smartphones.

BY:
Amcom Software
www.amcomsoftware.com

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Success Profile: Samaritan Health Services

May 25, 2010

New solutions for converting paper-based payment data to ANSI standard 835 electronic files and automating payment posting can bring tremendous improvements to revenue cycle operations. Learn how new technology creates efficiency and speeds cash collection while improving accuracy and providing robust reporting options. Samaritan Health Services reduced unposted cash by $21M and eliminated paper, manual processes and temporary staff using CareMedic's Payment Management. Find out how. >>

BY:
CareMedic, now part of Ingenix
www.ingenix.com

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Five Steps to Advance Quality Care Through Optimal Staffing

May 24, 2010

Decisions on deploying the most qualified employees to the ideal location at precisely the right time are never far from a manager's mind. Managing a workforce's productivity is not only challenging, it's never-ending.

This white paper explores a conceptual framework for managing your workforce—the plan you create to deploy your staff, the way you execute your plan, how you analyze and respond to labor management problems, and what you learn to make the process better.

BY:
Kronos
www.kronos.com

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Combating Health Care Fraud

May 5, 2010

Health care fraud and abuse is a huge financial burden on a system that is facing unprecedented pressure for cost containment. It?s estimated that claims fraud costs the industry $68 billion to $226 billion each year. Learn how advanced analytics enable you to make predictive, accurate claims decisions before claims are paid, and how easily you can integrate your claims payment processes to improve recovery and prosecution efforts.

BY:
SAS
www.sas.com

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Caring for the Uninsured Amid Financial Pressures: Using Targeted Marketing Methods to Influence Patient Behavior

April 16, 2010

This research from Thomson Reuters examines national hospital data and consumer healthcare information to understand the profile of the uninsured population. The research identifies distinct segments with different utilization behaviors, and other characteristics that make them unique, including employment status, income level, site of service preferences and health conditions. By understanding these segments and their receptiveness to marketing, marketers may apply specific tactics to reach each group and positively influence behavior.

BY:
Thomson Reuters
www.thomsonreuters.com

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Success Profile: DCH Health System

April 13, 2010

This case study tells how DCH Health System in Tuscaloosa, Ala., used the electronic Financial Record™ (eFR®) to streamline and transform its business office workflow with impressive results. The organization eliminated manual procedures and reduced its costs, denials, AR days and $23.9 million in receivables while identifying and addressing negative trends and measuring staff productivity. Find out how even a well-tuned CBO can make significant gains by adding the eFR's productivity, imaging and reporting capability.

BY:
CareMedic
www.caremedic.com

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Transform Turnover into Turnaround

April 8, 2010

Staffing is consistently ranked by healthcare organizations as one of the top pressures inherent in today’s ever-evolving healthcare climate. One primary example is turnover of executive-level leaders – an issue that affects every healthcare organization at one time or another. It’s no secret that turnover among senior leaders exposes healthcare organizations to risk at almost every level. Download a copy of this white paper today, and learn how to avoid those risks and drive long-term success.

BY:
Doug Smith, MBA, MHA
B.E. Smith
www.besmith.com

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A Blueprint for Action

March 18, 2010
Effective healthcare leaders begin with a strategic playbook?a blueprint for executing strategy and thriving in a challenging environment. The strategic playbook is not a one-time exercise, but a repeatable way of doing business: It changes behaviors, instills habits that drive lasting performance, and makes progress toward key goals almost self-perpetuating.

BY:
Timothy Butler
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/performanceculture

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Radiology Transformed Diagnostics and Healthcare Forever. What's Next?

March 9, 2010
Differentiating on performance will drive radiology growth in the years ahead. Leading radiology departments are applying innovative thinking to the performance of imaging services and the processes that surround patient care. As a result, they are improving quality, access and outcomes and differentiating their service lines in an increasingly competitive environment.

BY:
Jeff Terry
Hylton Surrett
David Butz
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/serviceline

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Realizing the Promise of Stroke Care

February 26, 2010
The challenges associated with stroke care are well known. Today, there is a wide variation in the care provided by a few leading stroke centers and most providers. To close this gap, some advanced stroke centers are building integrated systems of stroke care to drive improved patient care on broad scale.

BY:
Jeff Terry
Jennifer Jefferson
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/serviceline

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Business Intelligence/Performance Management Applications

February 22, 2010
This white paper presents the findings and analysis of in-depth interviews conducted with nine senior executives and system architects at three prestigious teaching hospitals acknowledged to be industry leaders in their use of health information technology, in general, and BI applications, in particular. The three institutions are Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts; Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine; and Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut.

BY:
Alex Kim
SAS
www.sas.com

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success Part 6

February 19, 2010
This White Paper is the sixth in a seven part series that explores the elements of success for health system sponsored physician enterprises. The topics in this series include aligning incentives through compensation; organizational structure, governance and management; operations and information technology; and practice metrics and reporting. This White Paper discusses best practices in the acquisition of physician practices.

BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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Patient Flow and Access

February 17, 2010
Expanding access to healthcare will require significant improvements in patient flow. Thoughtful flow redesign has the power to unlock hidden physical and resource capacity in hospitals to serve increased demand. Improving patient flow is also one of the most effective strategic levers available to increase operating margin.

BY:
Jeff Terry
Michael Donoghue
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/patientflow

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Building a Performance Culture

January 19, 2010
Gearing a healthcare culture toward high performance means linking the activities of every employee to common objectives and rigorously measuring his or her performance against these goals. In a cohesive, disciplined work environment, employees are more likely to become fully engaged in the business, improving results across the board.

BY:
Garrett Ogden
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/performanceculture

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Health system sponsored physician employment: keys to success

January 15, 2010
This White Paper is the fifth in a seven part series that explores the elements of success for health system sponsored physician enterprises. The topics in this series include aligning incentives through compensation; organizational structure, governance and management; operations and information technology; and practice metrics and reporting.

BY:
Southwind Health Partners, LLC and VHA, Inc.
www.southwindhp.com
www.vha.com

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St. Mary Medical Center Improves Patient Flow

January 12, 2010
St. Mary Medical Center Improves Patient Flow

Learn how St Mary Medical Center with help from GE Performance Solutions increased the speed of patient transfers from the ED to inpatient units by taking a comprehensive approach to assessing and improving inpatient flow. ED bottlenecks were reduced while patient safety and comfort improved.

BY:
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/patientflow

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2009 National Survey on the Impact of Technology in Healthcare Reform

January 11, 2010
StatCom's independent study is based on responses from 440 healthcare executives. It was designed to determine how current economic conditions and the healthcare reform discussion are impacting hospitals' operations, especially pertaining to patient flow processes and the use of technology. The findings from the survey and recent information on the negligible impact of EHR's demonstrate that despite efforts to apply technology to become more efficient, most healthcare facilities still rely on manual processes to reduce LOS and manage patient flow.

BY:
StatCom
www.statcom.com

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Transform the OR

January 7, 2010

A powerful approach to reach the next level of productivity, predictability and satisfaction.

The key to greater efficiency in perioperative care is a systemic approach: First, optimize the block schedule; then, redesign the process; and, finally, deploy advanced technology for tracking and visualizing patient flow.

BY:
Jeff Terry
Deepak Pillai
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com

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