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The following whitepapers have been made available to readers of Becker's Hospital Review. Click on the category below to see the whitepaper available on that topic.

 

Anesthesia

Hospital Finance

Hospital-Physician Relationships

Patient Safety

Physician Integration

Process Improvement

Quality

Workforce & Labor Management

 

 

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Process Improvement

 

hc1logoTitle: How to Reduce Test Utilization While Improving the Patient Experience

Source: hc1.com

Learn how a leading acute hospital located in the midwest took dramatic steps beyond the "volume to value" shift by reigning in test utilization. This case study outlines the steps taken by St. Vincent Seton Specialty Hospital In order to instantly identify trends and opportunities for improvement at both the physician and patient level while easily accessing the wealth of intelligence trapped among various systems.

Click here to access this paper. 

 

Corporate Full Color 3TitleThe OB-ED: Redefining the Standard of Women’s Care and Strengthening Hospital Finances   

Source: TEAMHealth

One of the most recent and innovative women’s healthcare service offerings is the obstetrical emergency department, or OB-ED. The OB-ED redefines the standard of women’s care in the hospital setting, promoting patient safety and enhancing satisfaction, improving quality, and reinforcing community provider relationships—all while embracing an entrepreneurial approach to strengthening hospital finances. TeamHealth’s white paper helps provides a blue print of how the OB-ED model fundamentally changes hospitals care for expectant mothers in a way that improves patient satisfaction, enhances patient safety and quality of care, and increases hospital revenue.

Click here to access this paper. 

 


Hospital Finance

 

Bank of America logoTitle: The New Era of Healtcare for Hospital and Health System Capital Investment

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

 In an exclusive roundtable, six healthcare CFOs and one finance expert discuss capital spending toward soft investments as opposed to traditional hard assets. As healthcare becomes more digital, data-driven and focused on value more than volume, hospital and health system CFOs must shift how they are approaching their capital spending and financing for soft investments, like health IT.

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Title: The Power of Strong Financial Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations 

Source: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

In an exclusive roundtable, five healthcare CFOs and two finance experts discuss risk management challenges and solutions and the impact of trends including consolidation and new capital spending initiatives. As they look to adapt to seismic shifts in the healthcare industry, hospital and health system CFOs must stay focused and trust their instincts when it comes to managing risks for their organizations.

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Title: Automated Revenue Cycle Management: Improving financial performance in uncertain times

Source: GE Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are facing uncertain times, which is putting strains on their revenue cycle management (RCM). Medicare cuts, shifting payer markets and new payment models are straining existing approaches to billing and collections. It is clear that to prosper, organizations must automate their RCM as much as possible. Automation can help lower staff costs, enhance clean claims rates, cut denial rates, improve patient collections and reduce bad debt – all contributing to enhanced profitability, improved financial outcomes and, potentially, improved patient satisfaction.

To learn more, download the white paper “Automated Revenue Cycle Management: Improving financial performance in uncertain times”.

 

KeyBank1Title: The New PPACA Electronic Payments Environment and What Healthcare Providers Need to Know

Source: KeyBank

The landmark Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is playing a major role in moving the healthcare industry to greater reliance on electronic payments and administration. To take full advantage of the opportunities offered by this changing environment, healthcare providers need a thorough understanding of the new rules and the options available to them. Key’s Preparing for the New PPACA Electronic Payments Environment white paper includes an explanation of the new rules, a discussion of the benefits and challenges of going electronic, and a detailed “provider’s checklist.” This wealth of information will help providers plan for the changes and take the most appropriate action

The Benefits of Moving to Electronic Payments
• Faster payments and improved cash flow
• Improved claims administration
• Better risk management
• More efficient processing
• Enhanced company service levels

Click here to access the paper.

  


Workforce & Labor Management

 

API Healthcare A GE Healthcare Company Logo RGB-01Title: 5 Leading Practices for Labor Cost and Care Quality Improvement: Leveraging Workforce Data

Source: API Healthcare

Healthcare organizations are driving labor cost containment and quality of care initiatives by leveraging workforce data. Learn more about the top five workforce management best practices as identified by 124 senior leaders in a recent Health Leaders survey and understand how these strategies can help your organization achieve cost and quality improvements. Click here to access whitepaper.

 

Title: Front Line Healthcare Managers 

Source: Select International

Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. Senior leaders need, at a minimum, managers who can actually manage, and need to provide them the tools to be effective.  In many healthcare organizations the front line and mid-level managers are chosen with a traditional healthcare culture and management model in mind. This means that no matter how much effort you put into hiring patient-focused, engaged front line staff, you won’t achieve your goals.  At the very least, we are seeing a realization that the traditional approach won’t work in the face of today’s challenges. The next step, however, is for healthcare organizations to commit the time and resources to a deliberate management level talent strategy. Without it, improved patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and bottom line organizational performance, will remain elusive. Click here to access whitepaper.

 

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Title: 3 Steps to Reduce Your Labor Costs through Workforce Operational Efficiency

Source: API Healthcare

Uncertainty and fundamental changes in the way healthcare is delivered are prevalent in the healthcare industry. Collectively, hospitals are facing an industry where it is increasingly difficult to achieve the cost containment and quality improvements necessary to survive.
 
With the workforce accounting for 54.2% of hospital operating costs, focusing on workforce operational management can reduce labor costs and improve care quality. Learn how to elevate your operations beyond survival mode with three strategic steps to optimizing your most valuable asset, the workforce, and thrive in today’s uncertain healthcare environment. Click here to access this whitepaper.

 


Hospital-Physician Relationships

 

HCA logo smTitle: The Next Evolution of the Service Line Co-Management Arrangement

Source: HealthCare Appraisers

The emergence of new payment models for the delivery of healthcare services has contributed to the development of a broad range of continually evolving opportunities for hospital/health system-physician partnerships.  The service line co-management arrangement continues to be a popular vehicle for facilitating working partnerships between hospitals and their physicians.  However, due to its focus on a single service line (e.g., orthopedics, cardiovascular services, etc.), another, more comprehensive arrangement structure is gaining in popularity. The hospital efficiency program or hospital quality and efficiency program (HEP/HQEP), which includes multiple service lines across the hospital and/or health system, may be the next evolution in hospital/physician alignment structures.

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ECI HP Logo WEB RGBTitle: Resolving ED & Hospitalist Conflict

Source: ECI Healthcare Partners 

This paper explores improving common conflicts between the ED and Hospitalist teams such as:
     • Admit or Send Home
     • Getting Additional Tests & Correct Diagnosis in the ED
     • Importance of Throughput & Bed Space
     • And More!

Click here to access the paper. 


 Patient Safety

 

Inpro LogoDiscriptor Box cmykTitle: Design approaches to reduce patient-fall injuries 

Source: inpro

 

Each year, between 700,000 and 1 million patients fall while in the hospital. That rivals the number of patients who contract a healthcare associated infection (HAI). Of those patient falls, 111,000 result in a fatality, and 30-35% result in injuries. Extended stays to treat fall injuries mean bottom-line impacts for the hospital. Increasing focus of government agencies and healthcare industry associations is being brought to bear on reducing what could almost be called the epidemic of slips and falls. Certainly, slip-fall prevention takes a multi-faceted approach. This white paper offers several design options that show promise in the fight against slip-fall injuries. Click here to access this whitepaper.

 

HID logo CMYKTitle: How to Align Information Security and Safety in Healthcare

Source: HID

What is your hospital's biggest security threat? Are you prepared to stop it?

This paper examines the five layers of security you need to protect your patients and their information -- plus the best ways to ensure physical security for your facility staff, physicians and patients.

These dual security concerns involve different departments, and roles and responsibilities. Both are critically important to ensuring the reputation of an institution and the safety of its physicians, staff and patients. Hospitals have a variety of tools for a strong and versatile PACS solution while also solving strong authentication challenges for information security and patient information privacy. Click here to access this whitepaper.

 


 

Quality

 

Logo.1-CHealth-1 1Title: Following Up with Patients Discharged from the Emergency Department: A Look at Voice and UCSF

Source: CipherHealth

Many patients leave the emergency department with limited knowledge of their conditions and care plans for home. That’s why following up with patients after they leave the ED is paramount to improving care plan compliance and reducing avoidable readmissions. In this whitepaper, UCSF Medical Center uncovers how its post-discharge follow-up phone calls help improve patient understanding, patient satisfaction, and nurse workflow. UCSF also discusses the difficulties of trying to reach discharged ED patients by phone, the benefits of triaging follow up, and results of the program so far.

Click here to download the paper. 

 

vocera 3Title: The Right Analytics Engine is the Gateway to Effective Alarm Management

Source: Vocera

Up to 99% of healthcare device alarms do not require clinical intervention. Clinicians are bombarded by alarms on a daily basis, most of which do not require action, causing desensitization to alarms, which potentially puts patient safety at risk.

Read how early innovators like Johns Hopkins Hospital and Boston Medical launched innovative programs to tackle alarm management and mitigate alarm fatigue. These pioneering programs have proven that effective alarm management strategies can make a difference to the both the patient experience and staff effectiveness.

Get this report to learn how the right analytics engine can help your institution get on the path to effectively manage alarms.

Click here to download the paper!

 


 Anesthesia

 

34737 Somnia300pixelsTitle: Anesthesia Management: Exposing Three Managed Service Organization Myths 

Source: Somnia Anesthesia

“Myth” is just another word for misconception or misunderstanding. Separating fact from fiction exposes myths for what they are. Understanding the truth behind MSO myths can help your facility or group practice realize greater success in our rapidly-changing healthcare marketplace and demonstrate why you should be partnering with an MSO to enhance your anesthesia delivery.

By reading this slidedoc, you will learn how a responsive anesthesia MSO can:

  • Help you build and retain a high-quality anesthesia team
  • Provide solutions for delivering value and maintaining a healthier bottom line
  • Act as a change agent to align your business goals with the goals of your anesthesia team
  • Dispel any of the previous myths you had about MSOs

Effective anesthesia management balances patient safety and quality with the efficient delivery of care. Somnia delivers the experience, knowledge, and solutions to help you succeed in today's evolving, competitive marketplace.

Click here to download the paper!

 

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