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.



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Process Improvement


The healthcare industry continues to face attacks by cybercriminals from around the globe, leaving healthcare providers vulnerable to security risks and compromising patient health information. Fortunately, strong authentication can help combat targeted cybersecurity incidents. In fact, the right solution can make security invisible to the end users by not impeding workflow efficiencies.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about the key factors that healthcare organizations should consider before choosing a two-factor authentication solution, including:

  • Does the solution integrate seamlessly with the organization’s various workflows (VPN, EMR, VDI, and Medical Devices)?
  • Is the solution part of a scalable platform, purpose-built for the unique needs of healthcare organizations?
  • Are the authentication methods, fast, convenient, and DEA compliant?

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vizient logoTitle: The Hospital’s Clear Path to Improving Care Delivery

Source: Vizient

The American health care system is rapidly changing, and the move towards value-based care is accelerating. With each step along the continuum, health care executives and clinical leaders are challenged to do more with less and focus on value and outcomes instead of volume. Our experience shows that the right data and analytics are critical to engage and align physicians, and ultimately to deliver consistent outcomes, in the most efficient way possible.

This white paper will outline industry trends and best practices to help hospitals improve care delivery by:

  • Balancing quality and total cost of care
  • Reducing non-value added clinical variation
  • Optimizing service line performance

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Title: A Digital Transformation in Health

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Source: Microsoft

Discover how health organizations across the globe are partnering with Microsoft to move beyond digitization into transformation and rallying with innovation.

Microsoft is best known for its key role in the computing revolution. Less well known is the role Microsoft plays today in the health industry, but a similar revolution is underway and once again the company is at the center. The sector is not immune from digital disruption that has changed so many other sectors and redefined our perspectives. Moving beyond digitization into transformation is the new challenge, and health organizations across the globe are rallying with innovation.

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Title: How Biometric Identification Enhances Patient Safety and the Hospital's Bottom Line

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Source: Imprivata

Hospitals can't provide high-quality care if patients are misidentified, as the errors resulting from misidentification can have significant consequences for patient safety and the organization's financial health.

According to a Rand Corporation analysis cited by The Wall Street Journal, patients are misidentified 7 to 10 percent of the time.This widespread problem led The Joint Commission to declare positive patient identification a top patient safety goal for 2017.Find out how one hospital solved its patient misidentification problem to improve the quality of care it provides and to mitigate its financial risk.

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Title: The Future of Hospital Patient Acquisition: 4 Big Steps for 2018

Source: Scorpion

Is it possible to choose the patients you want?

Niche targeting in pay-per-click advertising may be the next big thing in healthcare marketing as technology and consumer behavior push further into localized solutions.

In this white paper on Choosing Patients with Precision: The Future of Niche Targeting in Healthcare Marketing, we’ll explore:
· Changing consumer behavior and its effect on the Healthcare industry
· The growing preference for local solutions in digital search
· And a breakdown of niche targeting at work

Get the white paper here and take the first step in addressing the health needs of your community, while exposing yourself to new patient streams. 

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Title: Taming Medical Necessity Challenges With Physician Advisor Programs


Source: Optum

In an era of value-based care, providing documentation of medical necessity and using evidence-based standards of care are essential to reduce waste while ensuring providers are appropriately reimbursed. However, the single most common cause of improper payments is lack of clinical documentation, especially when supporting medical necessity, according to CMS. When clinical documentation fails to meet a commercial payer's standards, claim denials can be labor-intensive and costly to appeal. Although clinical documentation presents ample opportunity for improvement at most healthcare organizations, physicians often overlook or don't understand the importance of patient status determination and clinical documentation in both patient care and financial performance, further complicating the issue.

Download this whitepaper to learn:

  • Challenges associated with determining patient status and medical necessity
  • Benefits to implementing a physician advisor program
  • How to start a successful physician advisor program

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Title: Disrupting Healthcare: Risks and Rewards of Telehealth

Source: URAC

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URAC, the independent leader in promoting healthcare quality through accreditation, certification, and measurement, developed this Industry Insight report, Disrupting Healthcare: Risks and Rewards of Telehealth, to examine the challenges and opportunities in this fast-growing field.


  • The major factors driving the growth of telehealth
  • Risks and challenges for providers
  • Opportunities for the future
  • Role of independent, third-party accreditation

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Title: Solving the Policy Problem for Healthcare Data Sharing

Source: Change Healthcare

changehealthcare logofinalThe ability to acquire and then manage data at scale is a core competency in a value-based healthcare environment, not only to ensure the best quality of care but also better manage costs for risk-based contracts. Many health systems have already begun exploring options for better data acquisition and aggregation. But healthcare data cannot be infinitely accessible. Data relating to patient health is controlled by a complex matrix of federal policy, state laws, and business agreements. The complexity of these restrictions makes it challenging to ensure that the right user is seeing the right data for the right purpose.

Download this whitepaper to help understand:

  • Data policy, the complexity, and obstacles you may face
  • Benefits of a global data policy solution
  • How you can include data policy as part of your data strategy

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a leading cause of emergency hospital admissions and readmissions in the U.S. Early interventions for worsening COPD symptoms help shorten their duration and reduce their severity. Telemedicine and digital health solutions have emerged as effective, patient-friendly tools to facilitate improved patient-clinician communication and daily symptom tracking, resulting in fewer acute exacerbations.

Download this white paper to learn:

  • The major benefits of telemedicine in managing COPD-related health issues.
  • Multiple clinical studies of telemedicine and digital health apps and their affect on severity of symptoms and functional status.
  • Ways healthcare providers are deploying evidence-based digital health apps to improve COPD care management in real time.

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Patient follow up is a key strategy for hospitals looking to reduce readmissions and increase patient satisfaction. In this whitepaper, Scaling Patient Follow Up by Creating a Centralized Model of Success for Providers, learn how your organization can create efficient processes for patient outreach. 

Inside the whitepaper: 

  • Learn how to improve patient outcomes and experiences by creating an efficient follow-up process
  • See how hospitals and health systems are achieving success by coupling technology with a centralized system
  • Understand the importance of implementing effective and efficient processes to reach out to patients post-discharge 

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Title: ASCs at a Tipping Point: The New Reality of Surgical Services for Health Systems

Source: ECG Management Consultants

This white paper outlines the key issues driving change in the surgery landscape and movement toward the ASC model, and offers three high-level strategic options to consider as hospital-based surgery continues to be threatened by a combination of regulatory, financial, and competitive forces.

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Title: Revisiting Regional Anesthesia: A Pathway to Optimal Patient Outcomes, Surgeon Satisfaction, Value-based Payments and reduced Opioid usage in Post-Operative Pain Management

Source: North American Partners in Anesthesia

Modern advances in regional anesthesia can provide competitive advantages to hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. This white paper examines how a robust regional anesthesia program improves efficiency, performance measures and profitability, and delights patients, surgeons and healthcare administrators.

Regional anesthesia and its related cost savings can play a vital role in successful bundled payment initiatives. Advanced techniques facilitate ERAS protocols by reducing pain, increasing ambulation and decreasing length of stay—essentially lowering costs while raising overall patient and surgeon satisfaction. A well-executed regional anesthesia program has the potential to meet the needs of clinical and community stakeholders—one that gives healthcare facilities a valuable competitive edge and yields success in today’s evolving healthcare landscape. New state regulations in nearly all US states address reduced use of narcotics for pain control. Regional Anesthesia is an excellent means to support the goal of reduced use of Opioids for post-operative pain management.

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Title: Measuring and reporting outcomes in chronic wound care

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Source: Healogics

Chronic, non-healing wounds present a significant economic burden to our healthcare system; they also impact the quality of life of those affected —  including 15 percent of Medicare beneficiaries (8.2 million people), according to 2014 Medicare data.

To address this need, Healogics’ Wound Science Initiative recently partnered with faculty from leading medical institutions to conduct a large-scale analysis of wound outcomes using a modified intent-to-treat framework. The resulting study, which provides external validation of the comprehensive healing rate, was just published in Wound Repair and Regeneration Journal (Ennis et al. 2017).

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Title: Clinical Communication Deconstructed Seven Elements of Effective Clinical Communication


Source: Vocera

If you’re a healthcare leader with a vision of transforming how the healthcare system should function and deliver care, you know how critical effective clinical communication is.

The Experience Innovation Network, part of Vocera, recently released a report that examines clinical communication extensively, from every angle. It’s called Clinical Communication Deconstructed: A framework for successful, human-centered clinical communication.

In creating the report, we examined clinical communication extensively, from every angle:

  • 20+ healthcare leaders share their perspectives and insights.
  • 16 comprehensive case studies demonstrate leading practices that have made a difference for caregivers and patients.
  •  6 patients share their stories about how communication makes a difference in healing.
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of each section help you gauge your organization’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Click here to download the whitepaper.


Workforce Management

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Title: FTEs of the Future: Aligning Needs & Skills for Profitable Healthcare Facilities

Source: Medxcel

Look around. Chances are most leaders in your organization are nearing retirement age. Who will carry your organization when the current generation of leaders ages out of the workforce?

Just as important, what are you doing today to counter the massive productivity and revenue losses that follow employee disengagement, or misalignment between needs and skills?

In this resource, we’ll guide you through:

  • Common pitfalls in employee engagement and succession planning
  • Building a workforce that can dramatically enhance patient care and profitability
  • Long-term considerations & immediate-impact challenges & solutions

Our goal: to leave you with actionable insights that will benefit you now and in the future.

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Title: Cybersecurity in Health: Using a trusted cloud solution to help ensure data is managed, protected, private, and compliant

Too many organizations don’t realize how sophisticated cyberattacks have become. Hackers are no longer mischievous high school kids hiding in their parents’ basements. They are well organized, with tools in their arsenals that include easily obtainable software development kits—complete with product support. Yet, based on security reports from Kaspersky, Experian, Verizon, Mandiant, and others, organizations remain remarkably vulnerable.

Discover how health organizations are using Microsoft Cloud solutions to protect your patient’s data from unauthorized disclosure, theft of records, and ransomware.

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Title: Care coordination: Your hospital’s newest and most important department

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Care coordination is rapidly becoming an essential capability for hospital systems in their quest to improve clinical outcomes, build market share, and better position themselves in a rapidly changing industry.

In this paper we discuss:

  1. The clinical, financial, and strategic benefits for hospitals that commit to fully coordinated care as a clinical standard in an industry still dominated by fee for service.
  2. The key elements required to build out a world class care coordination organization in terms of people, workflow, and technology.

Given the compelling benefits of fully coordinated care, the only real question facing hospital leadership teams is whether to seize the early mover competitive advantage or wait until they are forced to coordinate care as a matter of survival.

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Title: Building a High-Performance Healthcare Culture Why is it so hard?

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 Source: Select International

Every healthcare organization has a similar set of goals:  Improve the coordination of care to enhance the patient experience and patient outcomes, while reducing costs.  It’s similar to any industry -  make the best product possible.  Provide better service than your competitors.  Increase margins and revenue.  Healthcare differs slightly, at least, in the non-profit sector, where maximizing profit is not a primary goal - but working to maintain a viable margin is important, and challenging.

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Source: MediMobile

Revenue cycle leaders at physician organizations face two substantial challenges when it comes to ensuring hospital-based providers are paid appropriately and on time: collecting clinical documentation from a hospital and ensuring all  encounters are properly charged and billed. An automated charge-note reconciliation tool, properly implemented, supports revenue cycle leaders in finding professional charges many healthcare providers unknowingly fail to submit, recovering critical revenue for the organization.

Download the white paper to learn:

  • Operating inefficiencies in physician charge capture causing organizations to miss revenue opportunities.
  • How automated charge-note reconciliation supports revenue cycle and regulatory compliance.
  • Four key capabilities enhancing charge capture in MediMobile's platforms.

 Click here to download this whitepaper.

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The IRS is serious about 501(r). Are You? Their enforcement is ramping up, and if your hospital is found guilty of 501(r) violations, you could lose your tax-exempt status.

For insight into these complex IRS rules, download this informative paper. Key takeaways include:

  • 10 red flags for hospitals
  • 5 things you may not know about the 501(r) rule
  • 10 compliance goals
  • How to take quick action to ensure compliance now

It’s not too late to find out what you need to do now to ensure that your hospital is 501(r) compliant. Fill out the form to receive the report today.

Click here to download this whitepaper.

Source: Premier, Inc

Curious about how evolving risk-based alternative payment models will affect your organization? This in-depth white paper probes the impact
of risk-based payment models and uncovers insights around the capabilities health systems need to achieve success in today’s healthcare environment.

Click here to download this whitepaper.

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Source: Mobile Smith

As competitive healthcare systems race to improve patient experience (PX), they can learn from adjacent industries that have crafted consumer-centric strategies to succeed. While the methods used in more traditional clinical workflow and informatics require large-scale, multi-year investments to ensurecompliant and profitable operations, PX-focused initiatives can be more agile. By taking small measured steps more quickly and improving return-on-investment (ROI), successful healthcare systems are seeing PX payback in less than 12 months.

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