HealthTrust Honors Members for Excellence and Community Service

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 13, 2019 – HealthTrust today recognized five member organizations with its most esteemed honor, the Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University Conference under way at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. HealthTrust established the Member Awards in 2009 to acknowledge outstanding contributions of organizations and individuals who demonstrate excellence […]

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HealthTrust to Acquire ROi GPO and Supply Chain Organization

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 31, 2019 – HealthTrust announced today the signing of a definitive agreement with Resource Optimization & Innovation (ROi), a recognized leader in healthcare supply chain management, to assume ownership and operations of the company. Headquartered in St. Louis, ROi is a provider-operated group purchasing organization and is accountable for the supply chain […]

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4 Trends in Value-based Reimbursement

More Downside Risk & Greater Physician Input Among Developments for 2019 Prodded by new programs and policies instituted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), increasing numbers of healthcare providers are shifting from fee-for-service reimbursement to value-based care. “Rates aren’t going to get any higher per unit or per service,” says Jordan Holland, […]

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Hastening Healing

Regenerative Tissue Shows Promise for Treating the Chronic Wound Epidemic Skin substitutes can be an effective method to treat the most difficult chronic wounds, some of which can take years, if not decades, to heal. In addition to hastening healing, regenerative tissue provides an alternative to using patients’ own tissue that introduces the risk of […]

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Capturing Energy Bill Paying Data With Capturis

Bill Pay Service Helps HealthTrust Members Stay on Track, Secure Energy Pricing Hospitals have multiple bills to pay each month to keep the lights on, bedside machines operating and water running. Though keeping track of utility and telecom bills may not seem like much of a feat, it can be a juggling act for organizations […]

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Pain Management, a Balanced Technique

Older Analgesics in Combination Outmatch Expensive, New Non-Opioid Alternatives In the midst of alarming headlines about the ongoing opioid epidemic, healthcare providers are turning to non-opioid alternatives and a multipronged, patient-centric strategy to manage the acute and chronic pain of patients. “Pain is a highly personal experience,” wrote Ofelia Elvir-Lazoa and Paul White in a […]

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Tapping a Hidden Source of Savings

Ardent Health Services’ Focus on Purchased Services Uncovers Millions in Savings Most contracting strategies start with a focus on categories such as med/surg supplies and physician preference items to cut costs. But purchased services is often another largely untapped source of savings in the healthcare supply chain that touches every department in a hospital. This […]

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GPOs Save Healthcare Systems Up to $34.1 Billion Annually

The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) released an analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which found that GPOs save the healthcare industry up to $34.1 billion annually.

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HealthTrust Introduces Supply Interruption Mitigation Strategies

Drug shortages and pricing instability on generic injectables continue to burden healthcare providers and the patients they serve. HealthTrust is pleased to announce innovative Supply Interruption Mitigation Strategies (SIMS) to create stability and improve predictability around the supply of medications deemed critical to patient care. “In a global economy, understanding the intricate supply chains of […]

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Q&A with Drs. Valerie Norton & Jonathan Worsey: 
A Triple Win Approach

In March 2018, Scripps Health appointed five experienced physicians to newly created physician operations executive positions at each of its hospital campuses in California’s San Diego County. The move was part of an ongoing redesign of the healthcare delivery model by the San Diego-based nonprofit system and created the model of a physician operations executive […]

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Raising the Bar

Updated Certification Requirements Seek Elevated Quality & Consistent Care  The Joint Commission & The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently collaborated to revise total hip & knee replacement certification standards. Given the many uncertainties of the continuously changing industry, healthcare leaders recognize the value of distinguishing themselves from the competition—especially in a crowded, consumer-first marketplace. For C-suite leaders […]

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Speedier ID

Accelerate Pheno System Delivers Faster Bloodstream Infection Results HealthTrust’s Innovation Summit enables suppliers to present new technology and medical breakthroughs to clinical experts within the membership. HealthTrust values products that improve clinical outcomes, reduce lengths of stay, decrease infection rates, and speed up procedures and results. The Accelerate Pheno system from Accelerate Diagnostics is one […]

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Cost, Quality & Outcomes

Physician Engagement in CQO Programs Every hospital and health system in the United States wants to deliver more value to patients, to payers and to themselves. To uncover hidden value, forward-looking hospitals and health systems are integrating their supply chain operations with their clinical operations through formal CQO (cost, quality and outcomes) programs. In short, […]

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Beaumont Health Pursues Opioid Alternatives for Emergency Patients

Beaumont Health, Michigan’s largest healthcare system, is participating in a collaborative project with other hospital systems throughout the Midwest to reduce opioid prescriptions for common pain syndromes in patients who present to the emergency department (ED). All nine EDs at Beaumont Health joined the ALTO Project (ALternatives To Opioids), which the Colorado Hospital Association started […]

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Removing the Barriers for Biosimilars

Despite a Slow Start in Gaining Market Access & Share, Biosimilars Deliver on Their Promise Since 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved 17 biosimilars—nonbrand-name biologic drugs with no clinically meaningful differences from their reference biologic. Much like generic drugs, biosimilars are seen as economical alternatives, priced an average of 15–30 percent lower […]

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Purpose-driven Collaboration: From the Desk of John Young

DRIVING IMPROVEMENTS TO CLINICAL ANALYTICS, PATIENT CARE & TRIPLE AIM INITIATIVES  As I traveled the country meeting with a number of providers in my first year as CMO, the need for clinical data and analytics has never been more paramount. In late 2018, HealthTrust held a collaborative summit focused specifically on the topic, with member […]

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Preparing for the Next 20 Years: From the Desk of Ed Jones

BUILDING ON TWO DECADES OF FOUNDATIONAL HISTORY & BUSINESS GROWTH  The official acknowledgment of HealthTrust’s 20-year milestone commences this quarter with the publication of our first annual report. We will continue to commemorate our platinum achievement throughout 2019, including a celebration with member attendees during the HealthTrust University Conference in Nashville. WELCOME KINDRED HEALTHCARE As […]

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Clinical Check In: A Pumped-up Process

HealthTrust Releases New Cardiovascular Phase I Contracts Nearly one in four deaths is caused by cardiovascular disease, now ranked as the leading cause of death in the United States. To combat these statistics, healthcare providers are constantly seeking ways to offer cutting-edge cardiovascular (CV) health services. With its recent release of new CV phase I […]

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Beating Infections to the Punch

A Renewed Focus on the Basics, Stewardship, Collaboration & Tech Experimentation Among Top Strategies for Preventing & Knocking Out Infections In the mid-1800s, a strange phenomenon gripped the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria. The labor ward staffed by medical students suffered from a maternal mortality rate five times higher than that […]

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