Tag Archives: clinicians

Reducing clinical variation: Does it limit or enable patient care?

Reducing clinical variation continues to be a hot topic in health care. However, it’s the idea of reducing or eliminating variation that makes many physicians who may not like the idea of standardization take pause. As a physician myself, I understand the concern and have had the opportunity to see how evidence-based medicine can be […]
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Leading a team approach to value

Collaboration around the business of health care is critical In a recent marketplace survey by NEJM Catalyst on the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, we gained interesting insight into the state of value in health care. These included snapshots of revenue distribution, models in use, barriers, important measures and more. All are important points […]
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Improving health care outcomes through patient engagement

“Anytime you have a patient that’s more engaged and involved in their care, your outcomes are better.” That’s a quote from Judy Herrington, who has 30 years’ experience in the health care field and serves as the vice president of nursing, medicine services at Parkland Hospital in Texas. Her front-line observation echoes the results of […]
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What health care execs can learn from Billy Beane

“We are in the midst of a generational business model transformation. It takes a strong man or woman to stand up in front of an organization and say we are going in a different direction.” Health care consultant Ted Schwab, formerly of Oliver Wyman, is quoted in the Optum eBook Moneyball, emphasizing the importance of […]
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Is a provider-led health plan a good fit? Evaluate 6 areas to find out

To drive down costs and improve care through value-based models, one must have a deep understanding of the population they serve. Health care providers have this knowledge. Their familiarity with the demographics, economics and general needs of their communities means some are well-positioned to launch their own provider-sponsored health plans (PSHP) and have a sense […]
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Care transitions can feel like changing the tires while driving

While providers may now see population health programs as key to value-based care success, many are struggling with implementing change in a way that affects outcomes. “It’s like the proverbial changing of the tires while driving down the road at 90 mph,” says Steve Griffiths, senior vice president of Health Care Analytics Consulting at Optum. […]
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A critical link between patient engagement and payment resolution

With patient satisfaction scores playing a bigger role in health care providers’ financial bottom lines, hospitals and health systems must pay attention to all interactions with patients, including the billing process. This may require reviewing and updating your revenue cycle. Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review recapped insights from revenue cycle management (RCM) leaders shared over the […]
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Health system id’s source of new ideas for reform

Proponents of Lean process improvements can’t seem to emphasize enough the importance of engaging all employees and empowering them to become problem solvers. Books, academic reports and articles all address the issue. Their message? Good ideas can come from anywhere – from a newly hired housekeeper to a ready-to-retire nurse manager. The CEO of a […]
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