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Post-Acute Care in a Post-Election World

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In three months, during the 2014 mid-term election campaign, Congress unanimously passed the bipartisan IMPACT Act to improve post-acute care quality and coordination. Post-election, it’s safe to say this is one healthcare reform that will remain intact. As it should, because days before the President signed the IMPACT Act on October…

Improving the Bottom Line: Prioritizing Cost and Quality Initiatives

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Imagine the following case… The executive team is meeting to decide which cost reduction projects to fund.  Each has a supporting “business case”, but everyone knows the numbers are soft.  Comparing financial impact across projects is difficult, and debates about assumptions and scenarios to test lead to months spent on…

Making the Transition from Volume to Value

AHA’s Center for Healthcare Governance

With healthcare costs now claiming nearly 20% of GDP and quality lagging behind benchmarks, the urgent need to ensure better care at lower cost is increasingly plain to healthcare leadership. Providers at all levels need to begin the shift from a volume-based model to a value-based one that offers the…

Engaging Boards in the Transition from Volume to Value

Healthcare Executive

Hospitals face profound operational and cultural challenges in meeting the demands of value based reimbursement, reference pricing and transparency. As they take on more risk and focus on outcomes based performance, Boards as well will struggle with the need for transformational change — what it means for their organization and…

Transparency in Healthcare: Coming to Your Hospital Soon!

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In August, 2013, Priority Health claimed the title of first health plan in Michigan to publish specific, regionalized health care costs and quality information by procedure, facility and physician.  The company launched this tool so plan members could review and compare prices and quality for more than 300 of the…

Diagnosing and Treating Readmissions

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Hospital readmissions arguably are one of the biggest clinical issues facing healthcare systems today.  Otherwise known as “bouncebacks”, readmissions have proven to be extremely costly, and are taken as a concrete metric of inadequate quality.  According to a September 19, 2013 study in The New England Journal of Medicine, nearly…