Whitepapers - Now Available for Download

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

Source: CEDR HR Solutions
Nobody wants to make a mistake during a job interview. The best candidates want to put their best foot forward, and the best employers do the same. That’s why it’s so surprising many firms violate U.S. labor laws by conducting "working interviews" — a much graver mistake than when your candidate arriving 5 minutes late.

Fortunately, there are other effective methods to find and hire your team's next game-changer.

In this whitepaper, learn:

  • Why working interviewees are actually employees — and what that means for you
  • Specific examples behavioral interview questions that will discern desirable traits
  • Nine skill tests you can put to use for clinical positions, front office positions and office managers

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Source: Lending USA

When patients say no to treatment because of the price tag, it costs your group thousands of dollars in lost revenue every month.

Establishing a solid patient financing system and effectively presenting to patients will help boost your profitability and ensure patients can afford the treatment they need. Here are five reasons patient financing is key to any DSO’s success, along with tips to help dentists, practice managers and treatment coordinators effectively present financing options to significantly increase the group’s profitability

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Source: Optum
With so much diversity across provider and payer organizations — and within each market — there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to partnership. But the experience so far makes it possible to paint a picture of the requirements, risks and opportunities of a few different frameworks.

The new CFO playbook: Sizing up alternative payment models, provides an overview of six different models and includes:

  • Questions CFOs ask when evaluating potential models
  • Investments to anticipate
  • Contract success dependencies
  • Benefits you can build on and more

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Source: Medpricer
In this Q & A with Jon Ellsworth, Banner Health’s Strategic Sourcing Director, we uncover how predictive and prescriptive analytics drive fast and effective decision-making for one of the nation’s leading healthcare supply chains. By re-evaluating the way that their purchasing department consumes data analytics, Banner Health is strengthening their position at the negotiation table.

See how their supply chain is:

  • Proactively addressing spend opportunities within purchased services
  • Shortening their sourcing lifecycle via predictive analytics
  • Prioritizing higher-value projects across clinical and non-clinical service contracts

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Source: Simplee
Not long ago, Kettering (Ohio) Health found itself in a situation familiar to many healthcare networks. The nine-hospital system was satisfied with its central EHR platform, but patients still lacked clarity in their billing and payment process. Kettering saw a lower-than-desired user rate for the payment function on the patient portal. Patients still relied heavily on paying bills over the phone. It was alarmingly clear: Something had to change for the patients of Kettering — quick.

After making specific changes to the patient payment process, Kettering saw online payments jump 87 percent and calls for representative- assisted transactions decrease by 62 percent. In this whitepaper, learn how Kettering overhauled its financial payment processes and reimagined how painless it could be for patients by holding itself to the same bar as large tech-driven retailers versus hospitals.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How Kettering achieved a 91 percent self-service payment rate in 2 months
  • How key Kettering leaders overcame cultural resistance to modernizing its payment processes
  • What Kettering is doing to help patients better understand their financial exposure and personalized payment options

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Source: Loyale Healthcare
Many patient financial portals claim to deliver price transparency. So why are patients still in the dark?

Download our whitepaper and learn:

  • Ten criteria to securing patient-facing price transparency for your organization
  • Long-term strategies for authentic patient financial engagement

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Source: DXC Technologgy
Like most healthcare systems, managing and minimizing supply chain costs is paramount for The Polyclinic. Previously, their manual process was inefficient and often failed to provide the right supplies for care providers at critical times.

Learn how The Polyclinic has:

  • Streamlined its supply chain
  • Reduced inventory turns, carrying costs and expired materials waste

“If a doctor or nurse reaches for a syringe, the expectation is that it will be there, and it’s a big deal that we currently have a 99.4% fill rate,” says Jeff Wall, materials manager at The Polyclinic

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Source: HealthTrust Purchasing Group
The industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare requires that hospitals and health systems be more clinically focused and fiscally responsible than ever before. A healthcare organization must understand the total costs associated with caring for individuals and communities, deliver quality care aimed at achieving the best possible health, and realize financial results driven by exceptional patient outcomes. This requires an approach to Value Analysis that includes integrated teams, a comprehensive scope, and a strategic planning framework.

In this paper, you will learn how to:

  • Design a Value Analysis program that moves supply expense management from reactive to strategic
  • Develop a culture of accountability and achieve engagement across departments
  • Achieve evidence-based clinical integration with meaningful, actionable analytics

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Health IT
Source: HP
With the copious amounts of sensitive personal data healthcare organizations process and store daily, it’s imperative that you have the right security methods in place. Having the strongest firewalls and server infrastructure protection does not secure endpoints like PCs and printers as these devices are connected to the network. If they become compromised, the entire network—and patient data connected to it—can be at risk.

Read this whitepaper to learn how you can build a better defense and put the right solutions in place to protect yourself against a multitude of security challenges.

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Source: American Well
UMass Memorial Health Care, the only designated Level I Trauma Center in Central Massachusetts, had a legacy telestroke program that was built using 14 different communication systems and required 21 steps to complete a consult. In an effort to simplify this program, UMass Memorial partnered with American Well to consolidate communication tools and automate workflows.

Read this case study to learn how UMass Memorial:

  • Conducted more than 1,000 telestroke consults in six months
  • Decreased the number of communication systems from fourteen to four
  • Reduced the number of steps required for a consult by 38%
  • Expanded telehealth to its teleNICU program

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Source: Rectangle Health
Patients want to feel safe and secure during their next doctor visit. But with over one billion people affected by data breaches in 2018 alone, it’s no surprise that consumer confidence in healthcare is minimizing.

Outlined in this whitepaper, readers will learn about trends in healthcare security, as well as solutions to reduce risk of a breach by understanding:

  • Breach notification requirements under HIPAA’s rules and regulations
  • The costly consequences of a data breach
  • How advancements in technologies can offer additional risk

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Source: Oracle
Leading healthcare organizations are leveraging the game-changing power of the Internet of Things and blockchain to improve patient outcomes and optimize internal operations. Read this whitepaper to find out what healthcare professionals can realistically expect from IoT and blockchain today and in the future, and see real-world examples of how healthcare organizations are already benefiting from these innovations.

Learning Points:

  • Discover how IoT fits in the Healthcare space
  • See how industry-leading organizations are leveraging blockchain to optimize their operations
  • Learn the power of data-driven Healthcare

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Source: API Healthcare
Learn how VCU Health’s investment in staffing technology has helped them better predict, plan and adjust their staffing. With more data-driven staffing decisions, they can optimize staff distribution and improve unit financial performance. And, their staff has more input into scheduling, which boosts satisfaction.

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Source: Imprivata
There is significant momentum behind electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS), with mandates being passed at the national and state levels. While your organization may already be considering an EPCS solution, it’s important to understand the complexity of such a project, including the DEA requirements of EPCS.

There are a number of tactical steps that IT, clinical leadership, pharmacy, application/EHR teams, compliance/credentialing departments, and others must take together to successfully implement EPCS and realize its significant benefits. These steps can be organized into five key phases: assessment, preparation, testing, enrollment, and deployment.

Our EPCS Readiness Guide provides the steps performed during each phase, including the suggested departmental owner of each task, to help you keep your EPCS project on track.

The EPCS Readiness Guide includes:

  • The most important steps to follow in each phase of the project
  • A suggested timeline to map out your EPCS initiative
  • A handy matrix you can use to track your progress
  • Helpful tips and references

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Source: Nutanix
Is your healthcare organization in need of digital transformation? Download this white paper to learn how to consolidate legacy infrastructure, simplify management, align IT to embrace technologies such as cloud computing, AI, and IoT. This white paper will explain how to recognize the importance of becoming more agile, efficient and cost-effective in meeting both business and patient expectations.

In this white paper, healthcare organizations will learn how to:

  • Leverage cloud based technologies
  • Gain actionable insights with AI and data analytics
  • Digitally transform healthcare and much more!

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Source: Simplee
The consumerism revolution in healthcare continues well into the new year. With the recent CMS price transparency rule and increasing out-of-pocket costs for patients, innovative health systems are realizing the need to create a consumer-centric patient financial experience to respond to the rapid changes.

Patients want and expect an easy-to-use and easy-to-understand solution when it comes to paying their healthcare bills. St. Luke’s University Health Network recognized they needed to strive for a patient financial experience that met the standards that Amazon and other major online retailers have trained consumers to expect. This motivated St. Luke’s to invest in their patient financial care, which in turn resulted in positive results in collecting, building patient loyalty, and overall long-term organizational growth.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about:

  • How to address the critical challenge of healthcare affordability
  • Enhancing the patient financial experience through easy-to-use and easy-to-understand solution that drives results
  • Empowering patients by providing access and tools

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Source: Johnson & Johnson
Patients are increasingly behaving like consumers in a healthcare setting. As a result, they expect enhanced services and experiences when engaging with providers and health systems. How can health systems engage patients in an integrated effort that aligns with strategic goals to improve patient outcomes, improve efficiencies, reduce costs and enhance patient satisfaction?

This white paper examines important conditions and trends driving consumerism, evidence of the economic and reputational value of a positive consumer experience, examples of health systems successfully improving the patient experience, and a Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies approach to working with health systems to embrace the new era of consumerism.

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Process Improvement
Source: TeamHealth
When things aren’t going right in your hospital’s emergency department, it’s tempting to point fingers or try to find a quick fix for the primary area of concern. But unless there’s truly only one issue at hand, a quick process change or adding staff may only treat the symptoms and not the issue.

Larger problems may call for a more comprehensive solution: a total transformation of your emergency department.

This whitepaper explores what to do when patient flow is crawling, outcome measures are flagging and there’s bad blood among clinicians. It looks at strategies for achieving a true transformation of a hospital ED to enhance operations, culture and clinical care.

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Source: Allscripts
In 2017, former-U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy wrote in the Harvard Business Review that loneliness is becoming a serious healthcare problem.

Then, in early 2018, the U.K. appointed a Minister of Loneliness to address an epidemic that some say is worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

What has all of this got to do with the treatment of conditions such as diabetes? Well, quite a lot as you’ll see in this issue of Next Now, an electronic magazine made possible by Allscripts.

In this issue of Next Now, Allscripts explores factors that contribute to a person’s health, do a deep dive into the social determinants of health, then look at policy implications affecting a comprehensive approach to improve community health and well-being.

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Source: Strata Decision Technology
Healthcare is one of the fastest-changing industries in the U.S.—with new policies, technologies, and even competition shifting how providers plan for the future. In this whitepaper, learn about how healthcare organizations like yours can leverage a strategic plan to bring goal-setting to your financial planning for the present and the future. Read about how strategic planning can help your organization better determine expansion in new locations, access points, and services, to plan for growth and move forward with a more agile approach to planning.

From this whitepaper, readers will learn:

  • What strategic planning is and how best to integrate it with your financial plan
  • How to leverage each part of your organization to help ensure holistic success, today and in the future
  • How to create a strategic plan, using specific financial goals to optimize your growth

Click here to download this whitepaper.
Source: Vituity
A growing number of emergency departments are employing Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), which combines medication intervention and behavioral therapy to quickly initiate recovery. The results are better outcomes, reduced readmissions, and improved ED efficiency.

Widespread acceptance of this treatment is largely being driven by three factors:

  • With MAT vs. traditional treatment, patients are almost twice as likely to stay in a 30-day treatment program.
  • Patients use fewer inpatient addiction-treatment services.
  • As opioid-related visits and readmissions overwhelm EDs, earlier and more effective treatment is required.

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Source: Sunquest
As the health industry shifts from volume to value, patient outcomes are replacing revenue as a central measure of health system success. In response, lab leaders must think beyond their own cost centers and expand the lab’s capacity to support value based strategic objectives.

Position the lab as a strategic pillar by creating value across all programs. The following steps are designed to help lab leaders reframe and elevate the lab’s position as a core component of systemwide success.

What you’ll learn:

  • Identify how the lab contributes to the system’s strategic imperatives.
  • Use data to illuminate the path forward.
  • Identify how lab services contribute to Total Cost of Care.
  • Change the way you measure success.
  • Adopt a new language.
  • Maintain a strong footing in both models (volume to value) during the transition.

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Source: eSolutions
Is your Medicare claims process helping or hurting your hospital? Medicare billing is not for the faint of heart and can be frustrating even for the most seasoned biller. That's why the Medicare experts at eSolutions have created this guide to help you learn the ins and outs of the claims process so you can get paid quickly and accurately.

What you’ll learn:

  • Revenue forecasting using claim data
  • Turning problematic claims into revenue
  • 3 steps to improve your claims process

Click here to download this whitepaper.
Source: Force Therapeutics
Fifteen of the top 20 US News and World Report Hospitals also appear in the top 20 national ranking for orthopedics. As leading Centers of Excellence shift towards greater value, they're investing in orthopedic episodic care management to future-proof their organization.

In this whitepaper from the Force Therapeutics team, you’ll learn how 60+ leading ortho groups are turning their pain points into opportunities by:

  • Controlling patient-generated cost by engaging patients across the entire journey
  • Extending reach into the home by optimizing navigation and clinician workflows
  • Predicting outcomes by creating a process for data collection and evidence-based change

Click here to download this whitepaper.
Source: Intuitive
Reducing unnecessary clinical variation presents a considerable challenge for hospitals and health systems, but it is a challenge that needs to be overcome. Unwarranted variations in care not only adversely affect care quality and outcomes but can also cost hospitals millions.

Operating rooms are substantial cost centers for hospitals and health systems, making them a prime target for clinical variation reduction efforts. Optimizing surgical performance and OR utilization can yield better outcomes for patients and better financial results for providers.

Read this white paper for a breakdown of best practices for optimizing OR management and surgical care.

Learning points include:

  • The role of data in performance optimization
  • How to identify top performers and leverage their expertise to raise the performance of others
  • How to leverage outside resources to improve surgical care

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Source: Leidos
Healthcare organizations have significant pressure to deliver improved care at the lowest possible cost and healthcare leaders are increasingly being pressed to improve financial, clinical, and operational performance in new ways. This white paper looks at why hospitals are underperforming and why the traditional way of fixing problems may no longer be viable. It also provides insight on how hospitals can remain competitive by using a data-driven, integrated, and cross-functional approach to driving operational and clinical performance improvement that results in sustainable outcomes.

Key learning points include:

  • A more effective and modern approach to improving performance
  • Thinking outside of the traditional siloed approach to remediation
  • The importance of data in identifying, prioritizing, and remediating opportunities for improvement
  • How to put your data to work to see trackable and manageable results
  • Four steps to drive quantifiable and sustainable improvements in cost per case, length of stay, and quality performance

Click here to download this whitepaper.
Source: Real Time Medical Systems
The healthcare industry's transition to value-based care models makes it more important than ever for hospitals to work closely with post-acute care providers to improve patient outcomes and reduce readmissions. Many hospitals struggle to reduce readmissions due to a lack of real-time, actionable data from skilled-nursing facilities.

To gain access to the same data SNFs have in real time, many hospitals are turning to Real Time Medical System's platform and improving their clinical and financial performance as a result.

Download this whitepaper to learn more about:

  • Common challenges hospitals face in managing a post-acute SNF network
  • How hospitals are using real-time SNF data to reduce readmissions by 50 percent or more
  • How a Pennsylvania health system achieved savings and reduced readmissions by building a program around real-time SNF data

Click here to download this whitepaper.
Source: API Healthcare
A survey of nearly 300 healthcare executives uncovered the top workforce management initiatives to balance clinical and financial outcomes. This white paper takes a closer look at the five key strategies that are elevating care quality and driving down labor costs through better workforce optimization.

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Source: Kindred Healthcare
In today’s competitive market, it is more critical than ever to attract and retain top talent.

Read the article to learn key strategies on reducing the staffing burden, including:

  • Talent acquisition
  • Retaining and engaging rehab talent

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Source: TeamHealth
Lean Healthcare principles can be an invaluable tool in helping hospitals and health systems improve operational, financial and clinical performance. This is especially true in emergency departments that are often ripe with opportunities for process improvement that can enhance throughput, metrics, quality of care and patient satisfaction. Emergency department staffing and operational excellence have been cornerstones of TeamHealth’s services to hospitals since 1979.

This white paper will show you more about the ways TeamHealth worked with Montgomery, Alabama-based Baptist Health to use Lean Healthcare principles and tools to make dramatic improvements in emergency department clinical and operational performance.

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Source: Philips
Standardized metrics, open data standards, new reimbursement models and greater stakeholder involvement identified as keys to wider adoption of value-based care.

Faced with multiple challenges, including the aging population, endemic chronic disease, rising patient demands, clinician burn-out and the soaring cost of care, healthcare systems worldwide are increasingly being stressed to their limits. As a result, patient outcomes often remain sub-optimal, not through want of trying but simply due to lack of effective resources. Yet the transition to value-based care, which is widely seen as the solution to many of today’s problems, has been slow to materialize. This positioning paper from Philips offers a perspective on why this is the case and proposes a set of measures to accelerate the implementation and scale up of value-based care.

Central to the position paper’s argument is the belief that all stakeholders, including industry and policy makers, need to work together and share the risks in order to build a successful and sustainable future for value-based healthcare – one that achieves the quadruple aim of better health outcomes, improved patient experiences, better staff satisfaction and lower cost of care. To illustrate what can be achieved, the paper highlights numerous examples of how to implement value-based care strategies.

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