Trust HealthTrust’s team of clinicians to bring you the latest on nursing, pharmacy, laboratory and medical device topics related to the supply chain, as well as strategies for strengthening patient safety and clinical protocols.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Battling Influenza With Leading-edge Vaccines

Influenza is one of the world’s most devastating vaccine-preventable diseases, which makes staying ahead of the disease with leading-edge immunology science even more crucial. “Though it’s hard to make projections on the upcoming flu season based on a prior season,” explains Dan DiVito, senior director influenza vaccines for Sanofi Pasteur U.S., “we look closely at […]

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Liberating Patients From ICU Delirium

Ashley Cundiff, MSN, RN, keeps a close eye on patients in her 32-bed intensive care unit (ICU) at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. She’s watching for more than changes to their vital signs. She’s looking for what they may not be able to communicate. She’s trying to keep them from slipping into delirium. “We call […]

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