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.

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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Healthcare Innovation

Service Lab: Healthcare Innovation

For people with neurological injuries or disorders, there’s often no such thing as full recovery—most will live with the condition for the rest of their life. Because of this, the assistance needed extends far beyond outpatient care and the occasional doctor’s visit. Most neuro patients are left to navigate complex treatment paths alone, along with […]

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Members in Action

Health systems participating in the inaugural HealthTrust Perioperative Pain Management Collaboration Summit in April 2017 have made significant progress in raising awareness of the risks posed by prescription opioid drugs—notably, unpleasant side effects that include chronic use and dependency. Understanding current prescribing patterns and opportunities to use non-narcotic alternatives are among the investigative tasks currently […]

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Leadership Link-Rodriguez: Professional Development Members In Action

An ultra-marathoner and eight-time marathon runner, Raymond Rodriguez, M.D., serves as a role model for his cardiac patients, inspiring and empowering them to make fitness a part of their lifestyle. In an interview with The Source, Rodriguez talks about his practical ideas for improving population health, his passion for medical missions work in the Dominican […]

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