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    What We're Watching: December 11, 2018

What We’re Watching: December 11, 2018

SLOWING DOWN CMS actuaries released the Annual Report on National Health Expenditures, America’s barometer on overall healthcare spending. The report should be characterized as...

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    Bundled Payments and the Role of Longitudinal Care

Bundled Payments and the Role of Longitudinal Care

Bundled payment models create a powerful incentive for improving outcomes, enhancing care coordination and aligning providers behind shared performance improvement goals.

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    What We're Watching: December 4, 2018

What We’re Watching: December 4, 2018

SHORTAGE PROBS A panel of industry experts met last week to discuss the root causes of drug shortages and solutions to the problem during...

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    The Five Elements of Optimal Care Delivery: Organizational Readiness

The Five Elements of Optimal Care Delivery: Organizational Readiness

Understanding organizational readiness for care transformation is one of the five strategic elements to achieving optimal care delivery.

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    What We're Watching: November 27, 2018

What We’re Watching: November 27, 2018

MAKING PROGRESS HHS released its Year 3 report on the progress of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB). Of note, 77...

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    Why Health Systems Need to Strategically Align with Skilled Nursing Facilities Now

Why Health Systems Need to Strategically Align with Skilled Nursing Facilities Now

A recent modernization to how CMS will pay providers for skilled nursing facility performance is something health systems should be paying close attention to.

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    What We're Watching: November 20, 2018

What We’re Watching: November 20, 2018

WILDFIRES HHS Secretary Azar declared a public health emergency in California, giving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, providers and suppliers greater regulatory flexibility in meeting...

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    What We're Watching: November, 13, 2018

What We’re Watching: November, 13, 2018

THE DIVIDE Premier CEO Susan DeVore gave her take on the healthcare implications of last week’s midterm election results on Cheddar TV. She explained...

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    Healthcare Costs: The Silver Bullet for Congressional Consensus

Healthcare Costs: The Silver Bullet for Congressional Consensus

A divided government will create a new political reality with real implications for healthcare. But one thing is for sure.

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    What We're Watching: November 6, 2018

What We’re Watching: November 6, 2018

WINNING THE FIGHT A CDC report found strong progress by hospitals between 2015 and 2016 in reducing infections. What we’re saying: We’re so proud...

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    Data Benchmarks: Three Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Data Benchmarks: Three Myths and the Truth Behind Them

Data benchmarks may seem like old news but they are actually an everyday novelty in healthcare.

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    The Five Elements of Optimal Care Delivery

The Five Elements of Optimal Care Delivery

Providers are confronting formidable challenges to re-engineer how they’re delivering care, while facing the added pressure of taking on financial risk.

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    What We're Watching: October 30, 2018

What We’re Watching: October 30, 2018

MORE PUMPKINS IN THE PATCH A new report suggests that nearly 34% of payments to healthcare providers were made through alternative payment models (APMs)...

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    Back to the Basics: Reducing Patient Length-of-Stay

Back to the Basics: Reducing Patient Length-of-Stay

Far too often, healthcare organizations focus on just one primary discipline to tackle patient length-of-stay (LOS), such as better engaging nurse administrators and care...

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    Achieving Better Margins in the Surgical Unit

Achieving Better Margins in the Surgical Unit

The U.S. spends more money on some surgical procedures than anywhere in the world. Much of this has to do with the fragmented, fee-for-service...

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    What We're Watching: October 15, 2018

What We’re Watching: October 15, 2018

HURRICANE MICHAEL The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a Public Health Emergency in Florida and Georgia in the wake of...

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    Why Benchmarking Analytics Have Always Been “The New Black” in Healthcare

Why Benchmarking Analytics Have Always Been “The New Black” in Healthcare

Today, new market realities are forcing healthcare organizations to evolve with the trends. But one thing that hasn’t changed is what’s behind effective decisions during...

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    What We're Watching: October 8, 2018

What We’re Watching: October 8, 2018

CONFRONTING BURNOUT The National Academies launched a new committee focusing on clinician burnout.

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    What We're Watching: October 1, 2018

What We’re Watching: October 1, 2018

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN OPIOID BILL The final compromise package addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic failed to include a provision that would enhance each...

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    Optimizing Contract Compliance: Putting ERP Data into Practice

Optimizing Contract Compliance: Putting ERP Data into Practice

For most health systems, contract compliance is an uphill battle. There invariably remain outlier clinicians who continue to order off contract.

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    Three Things BPCI Advanced Participants Should Be Doing Now

Three Things BPCI Advanced Participants Should Be Doing Now

The BPCI Advanced model has just begun and many providers are already off to a great start. Participants can ensure they’re ahead of the curve...

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