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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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A Champion for Women’s Health: Dr. Frank Kolucki, M.D.

Frank Kolucki, M.D., a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, has served health systems in northeastern Pennsylvania for more than two decades. At Scranton’s Moses Taylor Hospital, now an affiliate of Community Health Systems (CHS), Kolucki serves as chairman of the department of obstetrics and helped establish the Women’s and Children’s service line. In 2015, he led a team […]

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Artificial hip joint

Bone Cement. No One Size Fits All

Joint replacement surgeries have revolutionized the treatment of arthritis and allowed a generation of older adults to stay active for decades longer than their ancestors. Bone cement, which is used to fix joint replacement implants to bone, makes many of those surgeries possible, allowing surgeons to transfer body weight and service loads from the prosthesis […]

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Common Ground

Engaging Physicians in the Supply Chain Process Pays Dividends Physicians, hospital administrators and supply chain professionals all desire to provide patients with high-value care based on quality outcomes and cost efficiency. Each group, however, has a different perspective on how to achieve that mission. This can sometimes lead to misunderstandings and disagreements. Overcoming miscommunication and engaging […]

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Caring for Boomers

Meeting the Needs & Challenges of an Aging Patient Population When Caroline Fife, M.D., sees patients over 65 at the CHI St. Luke’s Wound Clinic in The Woodlands, Texas, she no longer asks, “What did you do for a living?” She now asks if they are still working because many of her patients have yet […]

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The Power & Potential of Data

Q&A with Shay Bess, M.D. Shay Bess, M.D., believes the key to the future of medicine is data—and he works tirelessly to spread the message of its power to transform the quality of healthcare. As director of surgical quality and resource utilization for spine services at the Denver International Spine Center at HealthONE’s Presbyterian/St. Luke’s […]

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A Value Analysis Toolkit

Moving to Practice-based Purchasing To move toward mature value analysis, a hospital or health system must understand all costs associated with caring for individuals and communities, deliver quality care aimed at achieving the best possible health, and achieve financial results driven by exceptional patient outcomes. A highly functioning value analysis program ensures financial efficiency and […]

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HealthTrust Honors Member Excellence in Five Categories

NASHVILLE, Tennessee—July 24, 2018—HealthTrust today recognized five member organizations with its highest honor, a Member Recognition Award, during the annual HealthTrust University Conference (HTU). The performance improvement company for healthcare established the Member Recognition program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of members and individuals for achieving operational excellence and demonstrating best practices benefitting healthcare providers and their […]

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Clinical Check-in: Standardized Safety

Fighting Device-related Infections With the Bundled Care Approach Nearly a decade has passed since the publication of Dr. Atul Gawande’s The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, the nonfiction book arguing healthcare providers should dutifully follow written steps. It wasn’t a completely novel idea, but Gawande was a persuasive advocate. The amount of data […]

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Update on Radiology Regulations

Extension Granted for Appropriate Use Criteria for Advanced Imaging The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the effective date for the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) consultation and reporting requirements to 
Jan. 1, 2020, and made several other changes to the policy. On and after Jan. 1, 2020, radiology professionals who order certain advanced […]

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