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Want to create a safer, more therapeutic environment for staff and patients alike?

December 20, 2012

Nursing leadership engaged in workforce automation can build and maintain a strong, sustainable infrastructure for the future.

Is Your Organization Incapacitated? Moving Towards A Process View Of Healthcare Capacity

December 6, 2012

Given the uncertainty and often conflicting viewpoints expressed in a recent survey on managing patient flow efficiencies or capacity management, healthcare leaders may be in for a bumpy ride as they prepare their organizations to meet the operational demands being driven by reform, regulation, and accountable care.

The Habits of Highly Committed Workplaces

December 3, 2012

"The Habits of Highly Committed Workplaces" is the latest research brief from Morehead Associates, provider of employee, volunteer, and physician engagement services to over 350 U.S. healthcare organizations. Morehead analyzed the country's largest healthcare workforce engagement database to uncover seven habits of top-performing health systems. Used individually, each of these habits is a good practice for any organization. Used collectively, these habits can transform average organizations into highly committed workplaces.

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Morehead Associates
www.moreheadassociates.com

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Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

November 8, 2012

There are powerful forces working against clinical systems adoption in the community hospital. Physician recruitment needs can result in a reluctance to push physicians "too hard" regarding EHR adoption; the drive to achieve meaningful use and the associated incentives can result in overly aggressive implementation schedules. In our experience with hundreds of successful implementations in community hospitals, we've identified five vital strategies that are common to those organizations who've succeeded in combating these forces and achieving high levels of adoption.

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Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.
http://solutions.hmstn.com/HMS_Whitepaper_Request_04.html?CID=137

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A Safer Approach to Long-term Relief from Back Pain

October 23, 2012

Why risk deadly epidural steroid injections, drug overdoses, or surgery for back pain relief? Re-examine the safety of high-tech, invasive medical interventions — costly, often worse than the disease and don't seem to be getting individuals any closer to relief than they were decades ago. Foundation for Chiropractic Progress: A Safer Approach to Long-term Relief from Back Pain: Chiropractic care should be first option, providing evidence-based, drug-free, non-invasive effective back pain management.

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Foundation for Chiropractic Progress
www.f4cp.com

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Shared Decision Making: How Do We Get There?

September 17, 2012

If you ask most physicians, they'll tell you that they work with their patients to make informed decisions.

But study after study shows that patients aren't getting the information they need to feel comfortable with their decision, adhere to the recommended treatment, and achieve better long-term health outcomes.

What can hospitals do to encourage shared decision making among clinicians and patients?

In this new white paper by Krames StayWell, the second in our Shared Decision Making series, we explore this question and provide some practical strategies, tips, and recommended tools for making shared decision making a reality in your organization.

BY:
Krames StayWell
www.kramesstaywell.com

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Collaboration Between Emergency Physicians & Hospitals

September 17, 2012

Improving patient throughput by integrating emergency and inpatient services.

BY:
CEP America
www.cepamerica.com

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The State of the Emergency Department: What Healthcare Leaders are Saying About Their Greatest Challenges and Opportunities

September 14, 2012

Everyone understands the financial struggles that many hospitals and their accompanying emergency departments (ED) have recently faced. For one, ED visits are on the rise, yet per-patient reimbursements are either flat or declining. Meanwhile, greater numbers of self-pay patients who are unable to cover their medical expenses are visiting emergency rooms for even trivial ailments, taxing ED resources and driving uncompensated care rates higher. Outdated facilities, a lack of technical prowess, and ongoing difficulties in finding and retaining qualified ED clinicians and leadership have also prevented EDs from providing the highest-quality care to as many patients as possible. These problems were explored in the May 2012 HealthLeaders Media?s Intelligence Survey, which asked ED leaders to discuss the most relevant issues pertaining to their current and future performance. Of the approximately 300 survey respondents, a wide majority (43%) reported that their department's greatest strategic challenge was patient flow. The second and third most popular responses—reimbursement and physician alignment/ adherence to quality goals—were both reported as the greatest strategic challenge by only 13% of respondents.

BY:
Picis
www.picis.com

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Leaders Face Challenges Establishing Culture of Performance

August 20, 2012

Having clear strategies and consistent performance standards is key to a healthy and financially successful organization, but a disconcerting percentage of healthcare leaders feel their organizations fall down in both areas, according to a recent survey.

Healthcare leaders were asked to assess their organization's leadership and strategy by indicating to what extent they agree or disagree with 10 different statements. The areas addressed included goals, communication, accountability, and performance.

The survey, sponsored by GE Healthcare and carried out among members of the HealthLeaders Media Council, a group of top healthcare executives, showed that the vast majority of respondents (76%) believe their organization has a clear strategic vision. An even larger majority, 84%, believe their organization has engaged its employees in the execution of that vision. However, less than half of respondents think their organization operates as a meritocracy, with top performers getting recognition and rewards, and a mere 39% believe that their organization deals decisively with nonperforming employees.

The Case for Shared Decision Making

August 8, 2012

Over the past decade, shared decision making has gained considerable attention. More than ever, physicians and patients need a framework for making medical decisions. There are lots of good reasons to improve the process - better outcomes, patient safety, health care spending, even medical malpractice. This white paper introduces the topic and makes a case for shared decision making, while laying out some tips on how decision aids can help. This is the first of two white papers we are releasing this summer on the topic of Shared Decision Making.

BY:
Krames StayWell
www.kramesstaywell.com

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Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Ten Training Keys for Success

July 10, 2012

The challenges associated with clinical system adoption can be met with the right training and engagement of the clinical staff before, during and after implementation. Additionally, laying the groundwork early can make a positive impact on the long-term success of your facility. HMS has identified 10 training keys that are common among hospitals that have achieved high levels of clinical system adoption. Learn how to create the optimal learning environment, select the right teachers and evaluate the training practices of your facility.

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Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.
http://solutions.hmstn.com/HMS_Whitepaper_Request_05.html?CID=124

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Developing & Strengthening Nurse-Physician Relationships

June 12, 2012

Best practices for developing and strengthening ED nurse-physician relationships.

BY:
CEP America
www.cepamerica.com

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Rapid Medical Evaluation (RMS®): The Solution to Emergency Department Overcrowding

April 24, 2012

Developing innovative ways to increase efficiency in the Emergency Department (ED) can be a critical step in assuring that the highest quality, most cost effective care is provided. Rapid Medical Evaluation®(RME®) is a proven way to decrease patient wait times and increase the agility of an ED to meet the different needs and care levels that patients require. The fundamental principle of RME is to eliminate barriers and bring patients to providers as quickly as possible. It has been refined over a large number of sites and has proven to increase efficiency as well as patient satisfaction.

BY:
CEP America
www.cepamerica.com

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Mountainside Hospital utilizes strategic revenue cycle services and solutions to take a "better on the basics" approach to improve financial health

April 10, 2012

As pressures on revenues and supply costs continue to squeeze operating margins, healthcare organizations are adopting transformative strategies to optimize financial and operational performance, including initiatives to maximize revenue cycle efficiency. For Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J., it's a down-to-the basics approach that has sparked a financial resurgence based on a simple premise — what isn't measured can't be managed.

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MedAssets
www.medassets.com

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Clinical System Adoption in the Community Hospital: Five Strategies for Success

April 6, 2012

Powerful industry forces are pressuring community hospital leaders in today's marketplace. Those pressures may appear to work against successful clinical system adoption, but they are surmountable. In our experience with hundreds of EHR implementations in community hospitals, we've identified five vital strategies that successful facilities have in common. These strategies start before implementation and carry over through go-live to ongoing optimization of the EHR.

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Healthcare Management Systems, Inc.
http://solutions.hmstn.com/HMS_Whitepaper_Request_04.html

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READY OR NOT Here Comes ICD-10

March 13, 2012

October 1 2013, was to mark a seismic shift in the healthcare landscape. On this date, the U.S. government was set to retire the more than 30-year-old International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9) diagnosis coding standard and officially adopt its successor, ICD-10, for ambulatory services and inpatient discharges. While the Department of Health and Human Services recently announced they will be extending this deadline, now is still time to act.

BY:
GE Healthcare
www.gehealthcare.com/centricitybusiness

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Evidence-Based-Management in Healthcare

February 21, 2012

Evidence Based Management (EBM) is about removing emotion, opinion, bias and personal experience from decision-making. Evidence Based Management is a business model whereby facts, data and verification are the only tools considered. For healthcare, the original "assured-payment" model of Medicare created generations of managers who did not need any essential business skills. Now, US healthcare has 5,000 hospitals filled with clinical managers who lack sophisticated business skills. As a nation we do not have the proper skill-mix for the task at hand. The task is to lower costs, increase outcomes and improve the public perception of our care. This article offers a quick and simple solution illustrating Evidence Based Management.

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Imaging Fusion
www.imagingfusion.com

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Community Health Network implements system-wide workflow process improvements supported by technology in revenue cycle operations, realizes $26.7 million in cash improvement

January 3, 2012

Ranked among the nation's most integrated health systems, Community Health Network (CHN), set out to accelerate revenue cycle performance during a system-wide organizational improvement initiative. Sustainable revenue for one of Central Indiana's largest not-for-profit health systems depended on elevating key performance indicators for its four Indianapolis hospitals from historically good levels to best-practice levels.

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MedAssets
www.medassets.com

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