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.

Three Physician Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis

At an educational dinner event hosted by HealthTrust, three physician speakers reflected on the challenges of reversing longstanding pain management practices, as well as some practical and thought-provoking alternatives to unrestrained prescribing of opioid medications. David R. Reagan, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer of the Tennessee Department of Health, provided the public health perspective on […]

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Healthcare in Rural America

Rural hospitals—a vital avenue for the health of small-town communities—are overcoming challenges and keeping care close to home.  Since 2010, 83 hospitals in rural or small communities across the United States have closed, eight of which shut their doors in 2017, according to research from the University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center for […]

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AMI Collaborative Summit

Five healthcare systems from within the HealthTrust membership gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to brainstorm ideas for improving the management of patients with AMI (acute myocardial infarction)—aka, heart attack. The Collaborative Summit for Managing AMI Patients, held over two days in mid-September, replicated the successful, accelerated learning format utilized earlier this year to help members improve […]

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Bariatric Medicine

Working to Solve the Problem of Obesity In 1990, fewer than 15 percent of the population in most U.S. states was 
obese. By 2010, obesity rates increased 25 percent or more in 36 states, according to the Harvard University School of Public Health. Today, 36 percent of U.S. adults—one out of three—is obese. “The obesity […]

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Advancing to Value

Downside Risk Is Latest Development in Movement Toward Value-based Care In January, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest data on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), which is the largest of the CMS’ alternative payment models that utilizes accountable care organizations (ACOs) as the mechanism for delivering coordinated, high-quality care […]

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Precision Medicine & the Trend Toward Genomic Testing

The availability of genetic information has enabled healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat disease. In line with the national trend toward the increased use of genomic testing, PCL Alverno, a laboratory services company owned by Franciscan Alliance, is in the process of purchasing its first genome sequencer. “Years ago, nobody could sequence a genome […]

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A Champion of Clinical & Operational Integration: Q&A with Dr. John Young

John Young, M.D., MBA, a board-certified physician in internal medicine, critical care, cardiology and interventional cardiology, started as HealthTrust’s new chief medical officer (CMO) in February. Young previously served as national medical director for LifePoint Health, where he led strategic initiatives related to quality, patient safety, service line development, performance improvement and clinical operations across […]

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Fighting a Silent Epidemic: Alleviating Burnout Among Physicians & Clinicians

She will never forget that decision or that patient. In an anonymous TED podcast, a physician recounted the day burnout got the best of her. Emotionally exhausted after too many grueling shifts at a teaching hospital and not enough attention to her own needs, “I had stopped seeing patients as people. They were diseases, lab […]

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Better Patient Care Starts With Self-Care

“Take care of yourself” was the message Angie Mitchell, RN, HealthTrust’s director of nursing services, gave to members attending a March meeting of the nursing advisory board. Leading a session on facilitating happiness in the workplace, her goal was to provide clinicians with more tools to prevent burnout and spread the message that better self-care […]

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Propelling Faster Care

Hackensack University Medical Center’s Air Ambulance Service connects access-challenged patients with world-class care In April 2016, Hackensack University Medical Center’s emergency medical transportation helicopter, AirMed One, was fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). Considered the most prestigious certification a medical air transport program can achieve, CAMTS accreditation required the […]

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New Plans for Pain

A Joint Replacement Surgeon’s Perspective on Multimodal Pain Management When Jeffrey Hodrick, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at the Southern Joint Replacement Institute (SJRI) in Nashville, Tennessee, consults with a patient about knee or hip surgery and its aftermath, he discusses how multipronged approaches to pain management can be part of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery […]

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STS 2018 Annual Meeting: Five Highlights

The transition from surgical to percutaneous treatment approaches, and how to optimize outcomes of patients needing valve repair or replacement, were among the dominant themes of this year’s Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) annual meeting, held Jan. 27 – 31 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I was joined at the meeting by colleagues Robin Cunningham, R.N., […]

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Under the Microscope

Antimicrobial Stewardship Goes Mainstream In July 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety alert on the serious side effects associated with quinolones, a class of antibiotics that includes ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin. These drugs are convenient in many ways, notably because they treat a broad range of infections and are effective both intravenously […]

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Sharps Safety

Getting stuck with a needle never feels good. But an accidental prick with a used needle or a cut from a scalpel can be especially harmful, even deadly. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 made needle safety a priority in hospitals, but clinicians still need to be alert to the dangers and institute […]

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An Ounce of Prevention

Making Patient and Employee Safety a Priority In 2007, Thomas and Zoe Quaid, newborn twins of actor Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, almost died after they were accidentally given an overdose of heparin, a blood thinner medication, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Medical errors like these get a lot of attention and, unfortunately, they […]

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Member Success Story

The Value of a Seamless Integration How RWJBarnabas Health transformed its supply chain operations before, during and after a merger On April 1, 2016, Barnabas Health merged with Robert Wood Johnson Health System to create RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey’s most comprehensive healthcare system with 11 acute care hospitals, one behavioral health hospital, and a medical staff […]

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Patient and Family Advisory Councils Improve Patient Experience

Hospitals are always seeking new ways to engage patients and improve the hospital experience. They have been using patient surveys and online reviews to gauge their success. Increasingly, they are also creating patient and family advisory councils. Among them is LifePoint Health, a Brentwood, Tennessee-based health system that operates 71 hospitals around the country. Patient […]

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Achieving Three Stars for CABG Surgery

Preop Clinic Helps Good Samaritan Add a ‘Star’ to Its STS Quality Score Achieving the best possible patient outcomes is an ongoing challenge for cardiothoracic surgery programs around the country, and a stretch goal would be the coveted three-star quality award ranking from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Roughly three-quarters of all participants in […]

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Strengthening Your IP Squad

At the end of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the latest data on its Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program. As the name suggests, the aim of the program is to reduce hospital-acquired conditions like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) and catheter-related urinary tract infections. CMS is […]

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Clinical Check-in: Organizing the Chaos

Six Ways to Make Your Code Blue Team More Cohesive A 60-year-old patient—who was awake and talking to her visiting daughters earlier in the day—suddenly begins to turn purple and loses consciousness. After checking for a pulse, the patient’s nurse determines the patient is in cardiac or respiratory arrest and calls a code blue. An […]

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Spotlight On: Performance Capability Scorecard

As a leading healthcare performance improvement company, HealthTrust is constantly looking for ways to help members raise their results in areas beyond purchasing. To that end, HealthTrust’s inSight Advisory Services recently launched a set of Performance Capability Scorecards to help members enhance their performance in supply chain management, clinical performance, and labor management and productivity. […]

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