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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Extending Capital Investments

How HealthTrust Helps Hospitals Reduce Equipment Expenses & Increase Value for Capital Purchases Hospital leaders have a mounting list of priorities—from navigating changing regulatory demands and reimbursement models to managing budgets. With equipment costs rising and tariffs increasing the price of devices imported from China, hospitals can no longer afford a reactionary approach. The sooner […]

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What’s Your Risk?

6 PPE Considerations for Seasonal & Pandemic Flu & Other Pandemics One of the biggest challenges related to the three different types of infection outbreaks—seasonal flu, pandemic flu and pandemics caused by special pathogens such as Ebola or cholera—is estimating what types of personal protective equipment (PPE) are needed, as well as the proper amount. […]

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Safety First

HealthTrust and many of its members champion a vendor credentialing standard that addresses safety and regulatory issues Patient safety considerations encompass more than preventing medical errors, reducing surgical complications or lowering the instance of healthcare-acquired infections. Another important, but often overlooked, factor in implementing a culture of patient safety is strengthening vendor credentialing, the process […]

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Drivers of Care

Healthcare has seen dramatic changes over the past 40 years. The shift from a retrospective payment system to DRGs (diagnostic-related groups) in the 1980s changed the way hospitals and healthcare providers were reimbursed for care. Nearly nine years ago marked the passage of the Affordable Care Act, beginning the ongoing transition to value-based care. In […]

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Compounding Safety

3 Things to Know About 503B Outsourcing Facilities In the spring of 2012, a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts shipped a batch of steroid drugs to medical facilities around the country. Within a few months, 800 patients became ill and 76 died. Investigations revealed that the drug became tainted with mold due to unsanitary conditions at […]

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Group Purchasing

FDA Update: The Road to Approval

Understanding the FDA’s Clinical Investigation Process When a healthcare facility considers adopting a new medical device or adding a new medication to its formulary, one of the first questions asked is, “Has it been approved by the FDA?” Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is vital for making decisions about which items […]

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Making Surgeries Safer

A Look Inside AORN’s 2019 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice When the members of HealthTrust Advisory Boards meet to talk through various products and contracting strategies, they frequently turn to published guidelines from professional healthcare associations to inform their decisions. “In discussions with clinical advisory board members, we often look to recommendations from the Association of […]

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Medical Device Security


The FDA’s Updated Premarket Guidance Demonstrates a Shift in Cybersecurity Best Practices Cybersecurity has been a top priority for the healthcare community in recent years, because of the significant upsurge in utilizing wireless, internet- or network-connected medical devices and because of the increased number of cybersecurity attacks aimed at healthcare systems and hospitals across the […]

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Wound Care Warrior

Caroline Fife, M.D., medical director of the CHI St. Luke’s–Wound Care Clinic at The Woodlands, Texas, is passionate about advancing care for chronic wounds, improving the reporting of wound care data and developing wound care-related quality measures. How did you decide to make wound care your specialty? I didn’t set out to do this at […]

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CMO Perspective

My First Year in Retrospect I suppose the grace period for saying “I’m new” is drawing to a close, considering I recently completed my first year as HealthTrust CMO. It has been a privilege to meet so many of you in person and collaborate on strategies to advance your organization’s clinical agenda. The holy grail […]

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Starting Line: From the Desk of Ed Jones

Flashback to 1999 Reflecting on 20 years of foundational history and business growth Rewind to 1999 and what do you remember most? Notably, Bill Clinton was halfway through his second term as U.S. president, Columbine became a name forever etched in our hearts, and technology experts were warning us about the Y2K bug and its […]

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Kindred Healthcare and HealthTrust Enter Exclusive Supply Chain Relationship

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—March 4, 2019—HealthTrust, a healthcare performance improvement company, and Kindred Healthcare, LLC, a $3 billion healthcare services company, today announced the signing of a multi-year exclusive agreement for group purchasing and supply chain services. Headquartered in Louisville, Ky., Kindred Healthcare is a specialty hospital and rehabilitation company providing services in 45 states. “In evaluating […]

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HealthTrust Workforce Solutions Named Recipient of 2019 Best of Staffing® Client Award by ClearlyRated™

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—February 13, 2019—HealthTrust Workforce Solutions announced today that it has been recognized with a Best of Staffing® Client Award by ClearlyRated for endorsements received from its client organizations. Presented in partnership with CareerBuilder and Indeed, Best of Staffing recognition is based on Net Promoter Score, a measure of how likely clients are to recommend […]

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Vendor Credentialing Standards

Safety First HealthTrust and many of its members champion a vendor credentialing standard that addresses safety and regulatory issues. Patient safety considerations encompass more than preventing medical errors, reducing surgical complications or lowering the instance of healthcare-acquired infections. Another important, but often overlooked, factor in implementing a culture of patient safety is strengthening vendor credentialing, […]

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Balancing Cognitive Diversity in Healthcare Teams

Though problem-solving and juggling an array of tasks is standard for nurses, a relatively new strategy is being utilized in healthcare organizations that could help build in more short- and long-term success for nursing teams: cognitive diversity. A 2017 article from the Harvard Business Review defines cognitive, or functional, diversity as the “differences in perspective […]

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Next-Generation Healthcare

As the healthcare industry continues to shift from volume to value, providers are under mounting pressure to cut costs and deliver higher-quality care. This becomes even more challenging as the population ages, healthcare needs increase and the healthcare labor market gets tighter. In addition, knowledgeable consumers are driving demand for even more personalized care and […]

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Tracking the Future of EMR: Walmart’s Move Toward Blockchain-enabled Medical Records

In August, Walmart was awarded a patent that may signal what the future holds for electronic medical records (EMRs). As Walmart wades into the healthcare business, the nation’s largest private employer is exploring blockchain technology’s application for medical records. “Walmart was one of the first companies to manage behavioral data and consumer-related information, and use […]

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Supplier Diversity:
 How Small & Diverse Companies Impact & Improve Communities

To celebrate its 35th year in business, O’Fallon, Missouri-based Phoenix Textile Corporation is pulling out all the stops. But in lieu of champagne toasts or team trips to an exotic location, President Linda Haberstroh had something else in mind—ramping up the company’s commitment to community support. Phoenix’s employees have helped fund and build a Habitat […]

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Full-speed Recovery:
 Patient-centered ERAS Protocols Upend Conventional Wisdom With ‘Wildly Successful’ Results

In 1995, Danish physician Henrik Kehlet, M.D., published a revolutionary paper documenting the recovery of eight elderly patients who had undergone elective colonic resections for cancer. The procedure typically kept patients in the hospital for 12–15 days. Under Kehlet’s care, they were discharged in two or three days. Although Kehlet accomplished something groundbreaking, his methods […]

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