E-Books - Now Available for Download!

The following E-Books have been made available to readers of Becker's Hospital Review. To find past E-Books, please visit our E-Books Archive page.

 

Price and quality transparency is coming: Are you prepared?

Today’s patients want to shop for medical services and compare quality of service. Federal and state governments are beginning to mandate price transparency. These forces present an opportunity for providers to help foster an improved patient/provider relationship and reduce financial risk for both. 

In this E-book, you'll learn:

  • Current federal and state initiatives centered on increasing healthcare transparency, including updates on progress and future direction
  • What questions to ask within your organization to understand how prepared you are to address any new requirements around price transparency
  • Strategies and tactics that providers can focus on immediately to help move the needle in healthcare transparency and overall patient engagement

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2020 resolutions for health systems: How hospital leaders can lay the groundwork for long-term sustainability 

Although Jan. 1 marked the beginning of a new decade and promise of a fresh start for many, hospital and health system leaders don't have the luxury of a clean slate. Most remain challenged to shelter their organizations from industry headwinds that intensified in the previous decade, including the rising cost of care, declining reimbursement and increasing competition for market share.

Amid these financial constraints, hospitals are also challenged to operate under new reimbursement models and meet the consumer expectations as competition intensifies and disruptors move into healthcare from tech and retail.

During a December 2019 advisory call hosted by Becker's Hospital, several healthcare executives discussed current industry challenges and approaches they're taking to keep pace with this rapidly changing environment. Their conversation inspired this ebook, which proposes three resolutions for how providers can set groundwork for long-term sustainability.

 

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The evolution of healthcare consumerism — How hospital leaders can bring a consumer-centric patient journey to life

Historically, healthcare has lagged other industries like retail and banking in the delivery of a consumer-centric experience. This is changing, however. As patients' out of pocket spending has increased, so has their desire for convenience and price transparency, and providers are under pressure to deliver on both fronts. 

While providers are intensifying efforts to deliver a consumer-centric experience hospitals and health systems face barriers to this goal that are unique to the healthcare industry. Most providers are operating on razor-thin margins with limited resources. Still, hospitals and health systems in highly competitive markets can realize significant advantages from consumer-focused investments.

According to a group of senior executives who spoke with Becker's Hospital Review during a roundtable discussion sponsored by Optum, the shift to a holistic and transparent patient experience requires every aspect of an organization's care and operational model be tailored to support that effort. This ebook details how health systems are embracing new technologies, different ways of hiring, flexible hours of operation and more to bring consumerism to healthcare.

Discussion participants included:

  • Rob Linnander, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Consulting, Optum360
  • Laura Anderson, Vice President of Product Management, Optum360
  • Stan Salwei, Director of Patient Financial Services, Altru Health System (Grand Forks, N.D.)
  • Rick Lyman, Vice President Revenue Cycle Management, Memorial Hermann Health System (Houston)
  • Vince Pryor, Senior Vice President & CFO, Silver Cross Hospital (New Lenox, Ill.)
  • Shelly Schorer, CFO, Northern California Division of CommonSpirit Health (San Francisco)

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The definitive guide to digital transformation: 15 must-read articles

Emerging digital solutions are an important piece of achieving better cost control, driving greater efficiencies and improving patient outcomes. However, discerning which technologies to invest and which to forgo is not a simple endeavor. Leaders navigating their organizations' digital transformation need insight into the latest industrywide technology developments and the innovation initiatives being conducted by their peer organizations.

Download this e-book for 15 must-read articles on emerging healthcare technology trends and digital innovation strategies. 

Topics include

  • The most dangerous trends in health IT
  • The best strategy for building an innovation team
  • Why it's time for hospitals to get smart with data

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Calling all physician groups - 3 strategies to boost your bottom line

Why do some physician groups struggle while others thrive? New challenges, competing priorities, shifting care models and technology innovations make it tough to stay nimble and proactive – for any physician group.

Think about your success in dealing with challenges like:

  • Declining physician productivity
  • A need for engagement as patients assume more responsibility for their care
  • Increased merger and acquisition activity with physician groups as key targets
  • The rise of artificial intelligence throughout the revenue cycle
  • The shift to value-based payments becoming more common

Where are the priorities for your group? Even the most successful physician groups can’t do it all.

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The Price of Innovation: 8 must-reads for CIOs to optimize IT spending in 2020


From EHRs, to revenue cycle management, to innovation teams, IT plays a role in virtually every aspect of a health system, but spending on IT initiatives only goes so far. As a CIO, you're tasked with directing how your company's limited IT dollars will be spent. You need the latest information on industry trends and forecasts to make spending choices that will maximize your IT budget and available resources.

In this whitepaper you'll learn:

  • How to size your IT budget for 2020 and beyond
  • How to optimize your investment as tech spending increases
  • How to equip yourself to better manage the influx in tech spending

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A year in review: 8 C-suite must-reads from 2019

To understand where we're going, it's instructive to understand where we've been. This collection of eight leadership-focused articles reviews trends for large-scale and community health systems, physician practice care and population health management. 

The topics covered include:

  • Tips for managing the revenue cycle more effectively
  • How to evaluate population health platforms
  • How community hospitals can manage social determinants of health
  • How to take a "systems approach" to deliver better care for patients and communities alike

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The Future of Surgery is Intelligent 

Surgical history, like the whole of human history, can be demarcated by the evolution of tools. Seminal developments in modern surgical history include the advancement of infection prevention practices in 1913, improvements in blood transfusion practices in the 1940s, and the emergence of minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery in the 1980s, according to the American College of Surgeons' 100-year timeline of surgical quality improvement.

Intelligent surgery represents the next chapter in the evolution of surgical care and comprises three components: smart systems and instrumentation, human understanding and digital insights. The following e-book is based on a Becker's advisory call with health system executives on the topic of intelligent surgery.

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On the Frontlines of Innovation: Executives weigh in on big tech, barriers to innovation and the future of healthcare

Digital innovation has ushered in an era of extraordinary convenience across consumer-driven industries. Today, consumers in areas such as retail and banking experience highly personalized, streamlined interactions that fit neatly into the chaos of modern life. Conversely, the healthcare industry has either been reluctant to, or incapable of, keeping pace with these industries when it comes to consumer-facing innovations. While advancements in clinical care — such as the rise of genetic medicine — have abounded in recent years, many industry decision-makers have been reluctant to overhaul longstanding processes and workflows in favor of holding tight to the status-quo and fee-for-service thinking.

This, however, is changing.

More and more hospitals and health systems are bringing on tech-savvy executives — in either established roles or newly inaugurated positions, such as chief digital officer — to drive innovation in care delivery and patient engagement, among others.

Although hospitals and health systems have intensified efforts to make their operational processes more innovative in recent years, the desire to do so isn't exactly new for many executives. They have craved innovation for much longer. According to a handful of executives who spoke with Becker's during a roundtable discussion sponsored by Bank of America, the healthcare industry's sluggish progress on operational innovation can be attributed more to a set of challenging circumstances and limited resources rather than a lack of will.

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 Artificial Intelligence, Real Transformation

It’s no secret that artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to science fact. In healthcare, AI is driving improvements across the care continuum, establishing new standards of care. Now AI is starting to drive improvements across the claims lifecycle. AI can help providers optimize revenue in ways humans and rules-based systems cannot—often without having to replace existing software, change workflows, or make more work for the IT department. The advantages of these solutions are measurable and profound. See how many of these advancements you are aware of. 

You’ll learn:

  • How AI will transform the front-end, mid and back-end of the revenue cycle.
  • Which advances are available today, the impact they can have and how you can access them.
  • The questions to ask of any vendor when considering AI solutions.

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 3 Approaches to Navigate the Era of Digital Diagnosis

Aches and pains? Jump online for fast answers. Today, we all live one mouse click away from a consultation with “Dr. Internet.” 

But synoptic or crowd-sourced information alone can be insufficient in treating conditions with rare or unclear symptoms, and this trend can complicate the patient-physician relationship and slow down effective treatment.

Download this complimentary executive brief for 3 steps that can help your care teams stay aligned with better content and successfully navigate the era of digital diagnosis.

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 The Path to Prosperity: Executive Insights on Fostering Innovation and Making it Stick 

Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotic automation are transforming businesses and economies worldwide — consumer interactions are becoming more personalized, manufacturing and distribution more streamlined, and operational planning more predictive. While these technologies have broad implications for all industries, perhaps no other is more likely to experience revolutionary change as the result of technological advancement than healthcare.

Before hospitals and health systems can innovate effectively and expeditiously, leaders must guide their organizations around numerous barriers. Financial constraints and inherent institutional rigidity can make it difficult for even the most ambitious health systems to innovate. Results from a Becker's Healthcare and Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey of more than six dozen hospital executives conducted in May suggest the most prominent barriers to innovation are budgetary constraints and difficulties generating buy-in from C-level leaders and individual providers.

This e-book examines barriers to innovation, offers insights into balancing cost savings efforts with investment in new technology, and details how leading health systems are preparing for the future amid various industry uncertainties. The content is based on results from the Becker's-Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey and a roundtable discussion among industry experts.

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 Simplifying Eligibility and Enrollment

 

Think of large self-pay balances as a flashing warning light indicating a problem.

A strong eligibility and enrollment strategy helps reduce large self-pay balances. Though many health systems have effective primary screening capabilities, most could benefit from a secondary eligibility process to increase cash flow and lessen uncompensated treatment.

In this e-book, we’ll cover:

  • The impact of eligibility and enrollment on revenue cycle
  • Resources to help you evaluate your current infrastructure

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 A roadmap to better population health management through improved adult immunization

For hospitals and health systems looking to lead on value-based care, a winning population health strategy is a must. And to have a winning population health strategy, providers must prioritize preventative care among adult populations as the incidence and costs of managing chronic diseases increase as the nation's population ages.

However, many organizations overlook a proven opportunity to bolster illness prevention efforts through adult immunization programs. The prevalence of vaccine-preventable illness among adults in the U.S. places a considerable morbidity and mortality burden on the healthcare system. Millions of outpatient illnesses related to vaccine-preventable disease occur every year. This white paper details how hospitals and health systems can achieve a winning population strategy through improved adult immunization.

Download the E-book for insights into:

  • Best practices for an adult immunization program
  • Key considerations for vaccine payer reimbursement
  • Key opportunities for vaccine partnerships

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