Whitepapers - Now Available for Download
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.
Source: GE Healthcare
The financial environment in which healthcare providers operate has dramatically shifted with the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the associated market transformations in coverage, care delivery and reimbursement. Importantly, providers are taking on higher levels of risk. They are managing existing fee-for-service arrangements, a growing number of risk-based arrangements, care coordination with community partners, and quality reporting. The complex and changing landscape of how care is organized, measured and reimbursed is forcing financial leaders to seek out new approaches and tools to help them meet and adapt to healthcare reform.
This paper will explore some of the market dynamics driving the financial volatility in healthcare and will explore how advanced analytics, with the right IT backbone and organizational competencies, can help organizations successfully identify ways to manage revenue cycle profitability.
Job satisfaction impacts staff efficacy, patient care and the performance of an organization. With nearly half of all healthcare workers disengaged from their jobs, progressive providers are thoughtfully designing a work experience that aligns with emerging trends and expectations of their employees.
The 2015 Workplace Trends Report explores how designing for trends like Mindfulness, Recognition, and Rateocracy can help improve brand image, decrease turnover, reduce medical expenses, and improve quality of care. Click here to access this whitepaper.
This white paper describes findings from the first major survey of information governance practices at healthcare organizations.
This landmark study, prepared by Cohasset Associates in conjunction with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), evaluates and quantifies the state of information governance (IG) maturity and effectiveness, while explicitly addressing the information challenges facing the healthcare industry. Click here to access this whitepaper.
You don’t know what you don’t know. You may think you are providing value-based services to your clients through your EMR, but without the ability to take action and ensure accountable follow-up, are you truly making a positive impact?
This whitepaper uncovers 3 areas where your EMR alone is no longer enough to provide value-based services to your patients and providers. It explores three real-world use cases where leading health systems were able to supplement their EMRs with value-adding technologies that enabled them to:
- Track patient engagement indicatives and value-based services to increase patient retention.
- Proactively communicate with patients to build value-based relationships and improve wellness.
- Gain valuable insight and analytics from multiple data sources – without the silos.
Source: Coker Group
As the healthcare industry moves slowly but inexorably toward a more value-based reimbursement environment, many independent physician associations (IPAs) are looking at becoming clinically integrated networks (CINs). The difference between these two entities is not a matter of mere semantics. Instead, the distinction gets to the core of which model better allows physicians and other healthcare providers to enter into value-based contracts with confidence and perhaps become full-fledged population health managers.
The transition, however, is not easy nor is it without risks. This article will hopefully clarify much of the confusing nomenclature used in this area and provide the reader with a valuable roadmap to guide them through this often very complicated transformation process.
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As inpatient volumes continue to decline, hospitals increasingly need to consider focusing on outpatient care and surgical services. As pressure mounts to transform care delivery and cut costs, hospitals and ASCs alike stand to benefit from joining forces. This paper explores why hospitals should explore joint ventures with ASCs and how to collaborate successfully.
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Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) remain a serious and potentially lethal problem for patients and a significant source of unreimbursed expense for hospitals. A growing number of healthcare organizations are turning to new technologies to complement standard cleaning protocols.
Pulsed xenon ultraviolet light disinfection, introduced to the healthcare market in 2010 by Xenex Disinfection Services, is the only environmental disinfection technology with reported HAI rate reductions in multiple peer reviewed research articles.
Learn about the peer reviewed research that has evaluated the effectiveness of the Xenex technology and the financial benefits shown by hospitals who have adopted this technology.
Source: API Healthcare
With the inception of Value-Based Purchasing, the measurement of successful patient care delivery has been redefined. The move from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance means that reimbursements are tied to the quality of care that is delivered.
In order to adapt to these fundamental changes, healthcare organizations are rapidly changing the way they do business, and their evolving workforce management strategies reflect that.
Learn why now is the time to focus on employee engagement strategies to improve the patient experience and boost the bottom line in this paper, “The Rising Importance of Patient Satisfaction."
You will learn:
- Why patient satisfaction is a top priority; the link between profitability and HCAHPS scores
- The enormous impact nurses have on patient satisfaction
- Employee engagement strategies that improve patient satisfaction
Patients are empowered to demand more from their providers. Online medical information and access to social media makes for a curious and more knowledgeable patient who has high expectations of service and a lower tolerance for indifference.
A new ‘blueprint for success’ illustrates how hospitals should concentrate on offering patient-relevant services that deliver unique and differentiating experiences. It’s not enough to service your patients, it is essential that you know who your patients are and connect with them how and when they choose to be communicated with.
CRM competencies and better interaction tools will be important to achieving this customer-centricity by:
- Making information more consistent
- Providing access options
- Offering engaging and personalized service
First impressions matter – and for an increasing number of patients, that first impression is defined by the emergency department. In the past five years, the emergency department has become the primary point of entry for both high- and low-acuity patients at many hospitals. This trend means that the emergency department experience has an outsize influence on subjective patient satisfaction scores, which are now a critical factor in CMS reimbursement.
The white paper, “The Evolving Emergency Department: Strategies for Staying Ahead of the Curve:”
- Examines the factors that are driving increased emergency department utilization
- Explores their impact on hospital operations
- Showcases three successful strategies for increasing emergency department efficiency, leading to improved workflows and patient satisfaction
Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia
Is it possible to instill a patient safety culture with measurable results, add volume and increase surgeon and patient satisfaction? At a Long Island, NY health care system, the technology is yielding promising results: data from more than 10,000 cases shows that environments for patients are safer, surgeons are happier and OR efficiency has markedly increased.
Developed to improve patient safety protocols, NAPA Peak Performance2 was developed by North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) using remote video auditing (RVA) technology. It has sparked a 60% reduction in first case start time delays and a 15% improvement in OR turnover. The Joint Commission Resources Quality & Safety Network (JCRQSN) has highlighted the system, which hospital administrators say creates a culture of safety and trust.
This paper provides an overview of the challenges inherent in creating a culture of patient safety, and describes how non-punitive, real-time feedback is boosting hospital safety and efficiency metrics, as well as the bottom line. Learn why NAPA CEO John Di Capua, MD, believes RVA with feedback can help health care systems meet the challenges of “improving quality with less.”
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Your surgical service is the engine that drives your hospital’s bottom line, and any inefficiency can disrupt everything—from the number of surgical cases your hospital handles to its ability to attract new patients and physicians—thus hindering profitability. This white paper outlines five tips to help make your anesthesia program reach or exceed “best practice” levels.
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