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.

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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Controlling Controlled Substances

Technology to Fight Opioid Diversion The opioid epidemic has grabbed national headlines in recent years. But the problem has actually been a pressing one for more than a decade, spurring new regulations across healthcare, says Mark Walsh, PharmD, director of clinical pharmacy strategies for HealthTrust. For instance, it has been 18 years since York Hospital […]

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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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