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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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HealthTrust Presents 2017 Member Recognition Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]

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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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Physician Perspectives on Gainsharing

Physicians have mixed and, in some cases, impassioned feelings about gainsharing—incentive-based payments made by hospitals to physicians who help them reduce inpatient costs and improve care outcomes through increased use of best practices. Gainsharing is a key feature of bundled payment programs, most notably models being tested by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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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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Clinical Data Solutions Presents Groundbreaking Research at ACC 2017

Value-based payments and the latest AMI and CABG research findings of Clinical Data Solutions (CDS) were the focal points of a dinner presentation made by HealthTrust physician advisor Aaron Kugelmass, M.D., during the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. While BPCI, CJR and commercial bundled payment programs were among the predominant […]

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Latest ICER Report Looks at the Value of Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the latest high-profile disease for which the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has constructed a “value framework” for assessing and comparing available drug treatments. In April, ICER issued a comprehensive, 529-page report on targeted immune modulators (TIMs) for RA that covers 14 medicines—all but two biologics, and none biosimilars. […]

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ACC 2017: Late-Breaking Trial Report on Absorb III at 2 Years

Abbott Vascular continues to see challenges in the results of ongoing clinical trials for the Absorb GT1 bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS). Two-year outcomes data from ABSORB III were accompanied by an FDA “Dear Healthcare Provider” letter the morning lead investigator Stephen Ellis, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, was making his presentation at the American College […]

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AAOS 2017: Implant Manufacturers Now Eying Entire Episodes of Care

The exhibit hall floor at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2017 annual meeting in San Diego, California was buzzing with new product launches beyond the metal and plastic on display in years past. With the inaugural mandatory bundled payment program for lower extremity joint replacement entering year two, major implant manufacturers have shifted […]

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ACC 2017: Positive Results for Fully Humanized PCSK9 Drug and Medtronic’s CoreValve

In addition to the reported results of  Abbott Vascular’s bioresorbable stent (which Felix Lee, M.D., will report on separately), five late-breaking trials caught my attention at the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 meeting in Washington, D.C., which will also be of interest to many HealthTrust member facilities. A summary of these studies and the implications […]

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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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Despite Disappointing Trial Results, Not the Death Knell for ABSORB Stent

Year three clinical trial results on Abbott Vascular’s next-generation dissolvable stent were discouraging across the board, but the device still has promise—as investigators participating in ongoing trials in the U.S. should help demonstrate. These researchers are more familiar with the unique requirements regarding vessel preparation/sizing prior to stent deployment.  The uniformly poor performance of Abbott […]

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NASS 2016: Spotlight on Robotics

This year’s meeting introduced 19 new-to-market products, highlighted by three robotics systems designed to improve surgical precision.  From the exhibit hall to educational break-out sessions, surgical guidance systems were front and center at the 2016 North American Spine Society (NASS) annual meeting held Oct. 26-29 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Simply keeping up with all happenings in […]

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TCT 2016: Big Crowd Hears Breaking Results from Major Studies

The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics conference featured scientific presentations that highlighted clinical approaches no better and no worse than the alternatives, although in the ILLUMENATE Pivotal Trial a novel paclitaxel-coated balloon was found to be superior to routine percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Scientific presentations and educational sessions at this […]

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Error Proofing Enteral Feeding Connectors for Safety

The delivery of medicine, nutrition and gasses via medical device tubing saves lives. Misconnections, however, can have tragic consequences. New designs in enteral feeding connectors are safeguarding patients and improving healthcare. In any patient setting, adverse events including death can result if medical device tubing is misconnected. A global safety initiative is underway aimed at […]

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Cardiac Bundle Payments

Eight Best Practices for Coping with Cardiac Bundles

Sage advice for hospitals struggling with how to meet the seemingly impossible demands of value-based care—and transform their organization into a truly evidence-based, collaborative, efficiency-minded and patient-centered center of excellence. Although it has been 25 years since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched its first-ever bundled payment experiment for coronary artery bypass […]

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AHRMM Webcast: Developing a Clinically Integrated Supply Chain

Dr. Michael Schlosser, Chief Medical Officer at HealthTrust, discusses the reasons for, and resources needed to create a clinically integrated supply chain that utilizes evidence-based data to make procurement decisions that can improve patient outcomes. AHRMM Webcasts are a free and quick resource for individuals interested in hearing more on relevant healthcare supply chain topics. […]

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European Society of Cardiology 2016: Primary Outcomes Hard to Budge in Important Cardiology Studies

Compelling evidence was presented at ESC 2016 supporting the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in heart failure patients, continuous positive airway pressure to improve patient quality of life, drug-eluting stents in reducing the need for repeat revascularizations, and stem cell therapy for patients with severe heart enlargement.

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Weighing the Cost/Benefits of Advanced Molecular Diagnostic Tools

The field of molecular diagnostics, which uses biological analysis to detect specific sequences in DNA or RNA that might be associated with disease, is growing rapidly. A 2015 report from Mordor Intelligence estimated the value of the global market for molecular diagnostics at $6 billion; by 2020, it’s expected to grow to nearly $10 billion. […]

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Surprise! Physicians Want a Better Relationship With Supply Chain

Not only are physicians interested in dialoging with supply chain, but they’re also the patient advocates best equipped to address the “quality” and “outcomes” portions of the CQO equation. I regularly work one-on-one with physicians across 22 specialties and, since I work for a group purchasing organization (GPO), the first order of business is to […]

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