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Incidents of serious workplace violence were, on average, four times more common in healthcare than in private industry from 2002 to 2013—putting healthcare workers at an increased risk for workplace violence, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The majority of these violent altercations are caused by interactions with patients or someone entering the […]

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HealthTrust and BroadJump Offer Price Benchmarking

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—August 2, 2017—HealthTrustSM, a performance improvement company for healthcare, and BroadJump, a provider of automated, cloud-based data and analytic tools that help hospital operators extract maximum savings from their supply chain, have entered a collaborative agreement to provide HealthTrust members with access to BroadJump’s proprietary benchmarking and pricing intelligence services. Under the agreement, subscribers […]

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HealthTrust Appoints Joey Dickson to Lead Supplier Diversity Efforts

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—August 1, 2017—HealthTrustSM, a leading healthcare improvement performance company, announced today that it has named Joey Dickson to lead its Supplier Diversity Program. The appointment reflects HealthTrust’s growing commitment to promote and expand sourcing opportunities for minority, woman and service-disabled veteran enterprises (MWSDVEs). HealthTrust advocates doing business with diverse suppliers that are located in the […]

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HealthTrust Awards Scripps Health an Innovation Grant For Perioperative Opioid Stewardship Initiative

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 19, 2017—Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system based in San Diego, California, was awarded a HealthTrust Innovation Grant at the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. HealthTrustSM established the annual grant three years ago to sponsor and reward new, scalable ideas for advancing healthcare by improving care […]

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‘Personalized’ Medical Devices: Premium Price Often the Only Certainty

In the surgical field, personalized medicine has a role to play across all stages of patient care—including when physicians make a diagnosis, create a treatment plan, do preoperative preparations and give postoperative care. A relatively recent occurrence is the introduction of “personalized” medical devices, which come with a premium price but typically without evidence that […]

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The 340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Drug Pricing Program requires drug manufacturers participating in Medicaid to provide outpatient drugs at significantly reduced prices to eligible healthcare organizations or covered entities, such as safety-net hospitals. This program was originally set up in 1992 to provide support to safety-net hospitals that take care of a large number of the poor and […]

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The Impact of Evidence

The transformation of healthcare delivery relies on clinical evidence and physician engagement to drive value in the contracting process. That’s why HealthTrust’s physician services team conducts clinical evidence reviews in product categories that have a significant impact on patient care and are physician preference items. Input for these reviews comes from a large and growing […]

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Changes to Radiology Reimbursements on the Horizon

In November 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final 2017 rules for hospital outpatient facilities and provider payments. Contained in these rules were two key provisions that significantly affect radiology reimbursements. One threatens the financial viability of off-campus imaging facilities, while the other requires providers to adopt new IT capabilities. “Understandably, […]

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Perioperative Pain Management Collaboration Summit

In April, HealthTrust hosted its first collaboration summit that brought together physicians, pharmacists, nurses and healthcare executives from five health systems to create provider-specific action plans for building an effective perioperative pain management program. Recent studies have demonstrated a connection between opioid drugs—the traditional means of alleviating post-surgical pain—and higher rates of complications. The practice […]

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Value Analysis

The industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare requires that hospitals be more clinically focused and fiscally responsible than ever before. This, too, has created a shift from supply chain- to evidence-based purchasing. But how do organizations go about maturing their value analysis program to achieve increasingly greater process rigor, transparency and physician engagement? […]

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The Evive Wellness Station

Americans throw away nearly 35 billion plastic bottles every year. That’s a staggering statistic, but it’s not surprising: As a whole, the United States goes through roughly 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. That’s why beverage distribution company Evive Station is trying to keep people and the planet healthy with proper hydration and by eliminating […]

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Pint-sized Patients, Full-sized Care

Children’s hospitals play an important role in the healthcare delivery system, but only about 220 of them exist in the United States, or less than 5 percent of acute healthcare facilities nationwide. So when children need emergency care, parents often rely on a community hospital. How can these non-children’s hospitals meet the needs of their […]

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Bolstered by a Strategic Partnership, St. Francis Hospital Improves Heart Attack Outcomes

Heart attack patients in the Medicare population experience high mortality rates and generate substantial healthcare costs. In light of the upcoming Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bundled payment mandates for heart attacks and coronary bypass surgeries, the inSight Advisory–Clinical Data Solutions team at HealthTrust is proving to be a strategic asset for hospitals wanting […]

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The Impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund launched the global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991 “to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.” According to the Baby-Friendly USA website (www.babyfriendlyusa.org), 393 U.S. hospitals and birthing centers in 49 states and […]

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Demand-matching Orthopedic Implants to Patients: Opportunities and Obstacles

A handful of topics dominated the conversation during the first educational collaborative hosted by the inSight Advisory – Clinical Performance team at HealthTrust, among them: Knowing whether or not a medical device new to market warrants an upcharge The shortage of clinical, utilization and trend data to guide decision-making and benchmark physicians Uncertainty among administrators […]

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The Essential Guide to Bundled Payments

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set an ambitious goal of tying 50 percent of traditional, fee-for-service Medicare payments to an alternative payment model by 2018. To reach that goal, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to expand its episode payment models. Also known as bundled payments, these […]

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HealthTrust Europe Officer Named UK Solicitor of the Year

HealthTrust Europe Officer Recognised as UK Solicitor of the Year Birmingham, England—April 18, 2017—HealthTrust Europe, a subsidiary of HealthTrust Purchasing Group, L.P. and part of Hospital Corporation of America, is proud to announce that Chief Legal and Ethics Officer, Dale Robinson, has been presented with the UK Solicitor of the Year Award in Administrative and […]

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The Sepsis Detectives

Despite advances in modern medicine, sepsis—a life-threatening condition whereby the body responds to infection by injuring its own tissues and organs—continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in U.S. hospitals. More than 1 million Americans are diagnosed each year. But detecting sepsis early can be challenging, experts say, because the symptoms often mimic […]

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Beyond HCAHPS Scores

The Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) has become a vital predictor of a hospital’s bottom line. That’s because the patient satisfaction survey required by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is an important determining factor for agency reimbursements—and hospitals with lower scores are financially penalized. Patient satisfaction rates make […]

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HealthTrust Workforce Solutions Announces Partnership with DAISY Foundation

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—March 21, 2017—HealthTrust Workforce Solutions® is proud to announce that it has joined the not-for-profit DAISY Foundation as a participating organization. The DAISY Foundation is an international organization that recognizes extraordinary nurses and celebrates the passion and compassion they demonstrate in healthcare settings every day. In advancing the charter of the Foundation, Workforce Solutions […]

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Evaluating Quality of ‘Medical Tourism’ For Heart Surgery: Measures That Matter

Michael Schlosser, M.D., chief medical officer at HealthTrust, and Felix Lee, M.D., medical director of cardiovascular services at Good Samaritan Hospital (San Jose, California), discuss what should matter the most to self-insured employers shopping for “medical tourism” heart surgery destinations for their workers.  

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