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Cardiac Hospital Performance

December 2016

Cardiovascular care affects hundreds of thousands of patients annually and adds billions of dollars to overall U.S. healthcare costs. The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study uses a national scorecard of metrics to identify the nation's highest-performing cardiovascular services lines. If all cardiovascular providers performed at the level of the study’s 50 top performers, approximately 9,100 additional lives and $1.4 billion could be saved. More than 6,100 additional bypass and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) patients' care could be complication-free.


Shifts in ALOS for Certain Surgical Procedures

November 2016

As health systems transition from volume to value, a growing number of appendectomy, mastectomy, and thyroid procedures are shifting to outpatient facilities. However, when these procedures are performed as inpatient surgeries, patients’ average length of stay (ALOS) is increasing, implying that more severe cases are handled in hospitals, and likely will remain there. Hospitals should consider future demand and volume for these surgery services, capacity for an increase in hospital outpatient volume, and staffing and operational implications.


Specialty Pharmacy Trends

October 2016

The pharmacy benefit landscape today is complex and rapidly changing. One of the most significant drivers of pharmacy cost increases is the continued introduction of new specialty drugs into the marketplace. Worrisome trends, such as patent exclusivity, lack of high-quality alternatives, and lack of price regulation are making it critical for payers and employers—including large health systems—to better understand their specialty drug spend and find ways to combat the cost without reducing the quality of care.

Impact of Consumer-Directed Health Plans

September 2016

Consumer-directed health plans are one of the fastest-growing benefit options for U.S. employees. A CDHP is a high-deductible preferred provider organization that is combined with either a health reimbursement arrangement or health savings account. Fund contributions are made by plan members or sponsors annually; unused amounts are typically carried over to the next plan year. Participants are encouraged to use decision-support tools to make more informed healthcare decisions and efficiently manage their fund. Truven Health Analytics conducted a study to provide employer and health plan decision-makers, and others in the healthcare industry, with key insights on the effectiveness of CDHPs in terms of multiyear cost, care, and utilization changes.