In the post-ACA era, aligning physicians with organizational goals appears to be gaining traction in health systems and hospitals nationwide. Based on a February survey of the HealthLeaders Media Council, comprising executives from healthcare provider organizations across the country, physician alignment remains a complex challenge.
Even as value-based care continues to take effect, clinical integration or alignment is quickly emerging from a need to ensure quality, cut costs, and drive referrals across health systems and hospitals. Directly employing physicians has been one of the main strategies healthcare leaders are using to improve physician alignment with health systems.
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Published By: PhoneTree
Published Date: Mar 18, 2014
Learn more about the cost and quality of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and how studies between 2012 and 2013 show that there are improvements in costs, utilizations and overall health due to the initiation of PCMHs. Download the entire white paper to learn more.
Healthcare reforms have prompted hospitals across the country to improve cost efficiencies wherever they can. In response, the accounts payable department of Southern Louisiana’s Ochsner Health System discovered a solution that helped improve cash management while reducing costs.
Workforce management and the pursuit of productivity have formed a consistent pain point for hospitals for several years. The Affordable Care Act has only exacerbated the problem, increasing the demand on providers as the number of insured grows and the bar continues to rise on quality of care. According to a recent HealthLeaders Media Council survey, workforce productivity and acuity-based staffing will continue to be top priorities this year. Karlene Kerfoot, PhD, chief clinical integration officer at API Healthcare, says the survey results indicate a shift taking place as workforce management initiatives are expected to deliver more than reduced labor costs.
An innovative staff scheduling model is reinventing how hospitals leverage their employees for better outcomes; including staff satisfaction, labor costs, and improved quality of care.
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Healthcare reform regulations, increasing costs, and more competition are driving employers and their health plans to focus more than ever on opportunities to reduce cost trends. For example, the country experienced a 3.0% growth in per capita gross (allowed) medical and pharmacy costs from 2012 to 2013. Truven Health Analytics anticipates those costs in 2014 and 2015 will increase by 4% to 5% or more. By taking a data-driven approach, payers can manage costs and, ultimately, make their benefit programs sustainable in the context of healthcare reform. They can also maximize opportunities to improve population health and productivity and optimize the delivery of care.
The annual Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® identifies U.S. hospitals with the best overall performance across multiple organizational metrics, including clinical, operational, and financial. The ability of some hospitals to adapt as the industry is changing demonstrates leadership as the winners set the standards their peers seek to achieve. Study projections indicate that if the new national benchmarks of high performance were achieved by all hospitals in the United States, nearly 126,500 additional lives could be saved, almost 109,000 additional patients could be complication-free, and $1.8 billion in inpatient costs could be saved.
Spending on supplies and pharmaceutical services varies among U.S. hospitals. It is not uncommon for hospitals with similar types of patients, including case mix and severity, to have significant differences in purchasing intensity for certain clinical services. Even small changes in efficiency can make a difference for hospitals and health systems, because supply-chain spending typically accounts for hospitals’ biggest spend after labor costs. Costs totaled about $74 billion in 2012, according to the Healthcare Supply Chain Association.
The changing healthcare environment has put pressure on healthcare organizations to deliver top-quality care while keeping costs under control. Superior operational and financial performance can be measured by high margins and low costs. But there are significant operational indicators that differ between high- and low-performing hospitals, depending on whether performance is defined by expense or by margin. Often, hospitals with the lowest costs are considered the most successful. But low-cost hospitals do not necessarily behave the same way as hospitals with healthy margins. Low-cost hospitals can include both efficient hospitals and hospitals that are in dire financial circumstances that have forced them to even eliminate expenses necessary for their long-term fiscal health.
We know that primary care is challenging today, but these challenges don’t have to derail your practice’s success. This resource from Greenway takes the top three challenges in primary care and explains how specialty-specific tools can help you meet them by achieving better clinical outcomes, improving population health, lowering costs and increasing practice profitability, while still providing compassionate care to patients.
Published By: Caradigm
Published Date: Feb 16, 2015
Many organizations joined the ACO program with the idea of using it as the first step in the transition to new reimbursement models. It’s a critical time for more ACOs to achieve the milestone of shared savings in order to demonstrate the ability to lower costs for an “at-risk” population. As best practices are emerging from early participants in the ACO program, ACOs have the opportunity to evolve their strategies in order to achieve more success.
Healthcare organizations are facing uncertain times, which is putting strains on their revenue cycle management. Automation can help lower staff costs, enhance clean claims rates, cut denial rates, improve patient collections and reduce bad debt.
Healthcare organizations are facing uncertain times, which is putting enormous strains on their RCM. This white paper will show how you can lower your staff costs, enhance clean claims rates, cut denial rates, improve patient collections and reduce bad debt.
How can providers and insurers reduce costs and increase patient satisfaction? In the evolving value-based care (VBC) model, better healthcare IT is a must have. L.E.K.'s Joseph Johnson and Harsha Madannavar identify key success strategies in our latest Executive Insights.
A decade ago, hospital leaders viewed cost containment as a distant option to that of building topline revenue through increased volumes and rates. But with the road to profitability choked off by a recession, the ACA, and double-digit increases in healthcare inflation, most have been left pursuing a flurry of initiatives to cut operational costs and maintain positive margins.
To out-innovate and out-pace their competition, organizations must be on a consistent path to keep their infrastructure
modern. IT is under constant pressure to deliver optimized infrastructure for new business initiatives and supporting
applications all while trying to contain or even reduce costs. In fact, respondents to ESG’s ongoing research consistently
cite cost reduction as one of the top business drivers affecting their IT spending. When asked in a research survey how
their organizations intended to contain costs in 2017, 27% of respondents said that they would be purchasing new
technologies with better ROI.
Published By: Cisco EMEA
Published Date: Nov 08, 2018
In today's global economy, small business networking is about reducing your operating costs. It's about reacting quickly to changing markets and customer needs. It's about being prepared for the future.
Invest in a network that can grow over time, so you can add features and functionality. Make sure your switches and routers are easy to install, use, and manage
To find out more, download this whitepaper today to see how Cisco can help your business.
To compete in today’s world, business
leaders are placing increased demands
on IT. Unfortunately, many IT
departments are not able to deliver
future innovation with their current
infrastructure, applications and
processes. To meet these demands, IT
must digitally transform the enterprise
through the adoption of cloud native
practices, allowing them to both
optimize and transform their existing
infrastructure and applications. Recent
Avanade research supports this
thinking, finding that 88% of senior IT
decision-makers believe that IT
modernization is crucial to addressing
the emerging requirements of the
On the upside, those surveyed also
indicated that by modernizing their IT
infrastructures they expect to deliver
real business results, such as boosting
annual revenue by 14%, while at the
same time reducing business operating
costs by 13%1
. For many, this sounds
like a winning strategy but what does it
mean to adopt cloud native
approaches, and how does it impact
Published By: Zendesk
Published Date: Jan 03, 2019
Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades. Everyone is making them and so you ask yourself: Should your business upgrade systems, too? It seems like there’s always a newer version or better software out there. Yet while implementing new and improved systems can help your business scale and save your company money, it’s important to know whether new software is worth the transition.
Zendesk recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a study that evaluated the financial impact of Zendesk on organizations. Forrester interviewed five customers and conducted a financial analysis. In this study, Forrester lays out the benefits and costs of Zendesk’s family of customer service products, with the analysis pointing to benefits of more than $3.8 million.
Business and IT leaders agree. IT Transformation is critical to compete in
the digital economy. Drive innovation and agility, lower costs and speed
deployment for real results. Modernise with leading hyper-converged, cloud,
data storage, servers, open networking and data protection systems from
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Published By: Bluecore
Published Date: Sep 18, 2018
Email marketers have always dreaded the unsubscribe, and at the cost of nearly $18 or more per unsubscribe depending on your average order value, it’s clear why. Altogether, the cost of an unsubscribe -- in terms of lost revenue potential and associated soft costs — is nothing to blink at. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to decrease your unsubscribe rate and recover some of that otherwise lost revenue.
Published By: Gigamon
Published Date: Dec 13, 2018
Read “Security at the Speed of Your Network” to learn why organizations are using an architectural approach to improve security posture and reduce costs. Enable security tools to work more efficiently across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Deploy a diverse set of security solutions as a centralized security tool farm. You can secure more data on faster networks with no compromise between security, performance and cost. Read now.
There is no doubt that customers want to protect their environment against unplanned downtime. But what happens when disasters do occur? Download this webinar for a deep dive into the VMware Cloud on AWS Disaster Recovery (DR) use case.
Experts from VMware and AWS jointly discuss the disaster recovery challenges that customers often face and detail how you can leverage VMware Cloud on AWS to overcome them. See demos of how you can use VMware Cloud on AWS for your DR scenario and hear from current customers.
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The benefits of Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), delivering on-site protection
How automated orchestration accelerates failover and failback capabilities
The ways DRaaS simplifies and modernizes your existing DR solutions
What VMware Cloud on AWS DRaaS does to help reduce costs, simplify operations, and quicken recovery times