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Value Based Care

The mortality rate of patients with undetected acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is at least twice that of patients who are accurately diagnosed. Prompt, accurate diagnosis is critical. The key, according to the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), is to “reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are […]

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Member Success Story

In 2014, providers wrote nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions. The intention may have been noble—to alleviate patient pain—but the fallout has been devastating. Since 1999, sales of opioid prescriptions have quadrupled, and so have overdose deaths involving prescription opioids. As the government and other public health agencies sound the alarm on this […]

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Using Cardiac Risk Stratification to Guide Medical Decision-making and Informed Consent

Over the past few decades, dozens of patient risk-stratification tools have been developed, tested and proven efficacious for particular types of symptoms, conditions and care settings. In the cardiac patient population, many such evidence-based algorithms are routinely utilized to help providers set appropriate expectations and mitigate risk, if feasible, in order to deliver the best […]

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Code Silver

Incidents of serious workplace violence were, on average, four times more common in healthcare than in private industry from 2002 to 2013—putting healthcare workers at an increased risk for workplace violence, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The majority of these violent altercations are caused by interactions with patients or someone entering the […]

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3 Patient-centered Practices for Improving Cardiac Outcomes

While it can be challenging to embrace the principles of patient-centeredness, it is also a key quality improvement target, according to a groundbreaking 2001 report on the subject by the Institute of Medicine. The patient satisfaction survey required of hospitals by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services likewise pays homage to patient-centeredness by tracking […]

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HealthTrust Awards Scripps Health an Innovation Grant For Perioperative Opioid Stewardship Initiative

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 19, 2017—Scripps Health, a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system based in San Diego, California, was awarded a HealthTrust Innovation Grant at the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. HealthTrustSM established the annual grant three years ago to sponsor and reward new, scalable ideas for advancing healthcare by improving care […]

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HealthTrust Presents 2017 Member Recognition Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nevada—July 18, 2017—HealthTrust has recognized 21 individuals with its highest honor during the 2017 HealthTrust University Conference in Las Vegas. The healthcare performance improvement company established its annual Member Recognition Award program to acknowledge outstanding contributions of member organizations for demonstrating best practices and achieving operational excellence benefitting providers and their patients. Awards […]

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‘Personalized’ Medical Devices: Premium Price Often the Only Certainty

In the surgical field, personalized medicine has a role to play across all stages of patient care—including when physicians make a diagnosis, create a treatment plan, do preoperative preparations and give postoperative care. A relatively recent occurrence is the introduction of “personalized” medical devices, which come with a premium price but typically without evidence that […]

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The 340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Drug Pricing Program requires drug manufacturers participating in Medicaid to provide outpatient drugs at significantly reduced prices to eligible healthcare organizations or covered entities, such as safety-net hospitals. This program was originally set up in 1992 to provide support to safety-net hospitals that take care of a large number of the poor and […]

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The Impact of Evidence

The transformation of healthcare delivery relies on clinical evidence and physician engagement to drive value in the contracting process. That’s why HealthTrust’s physician services team conducts clinical evidence reviews in product categories that have a significant impact on patient care and are physician preference items. Input for these reviews comes from a large and growing […]

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Changes to Radiology Reimbursements on the Horizon

In November 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final 2017 rules for hospital outpatient facilities and provider payments. Contained in these rules were two key provisions that significantly affect radiology reimbursements. One threatens the financial viability of off-campus imaging facilities, while the other requires providers to adopt new IT capabilities. “Understandably, […]

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Physician Perspectives on Gainsharing

Physicians have mixed and, in some cases, impassioned feelings about gainsharing—incentive-based payments made by hospitals to physicians who help them reduce inpatient costs and improve care outcomes through increased use of best practices. Gainsharing is a key feature of bundled payment programs, most notably models being tested by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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Perioperative Pain Management Collaboration Summit

In April, HealthTrust hosted its first collaboration summit that brought together physicians, pharmacists, nurses and healthcare executives from five health systems to create provider-specific action plans for building an effective perioperative pain management program. Recent studies have demonstrated a connection between opioid drugs—the traditional means of alleviating post-surgical pain—and higher rates of complications. The practice […]

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Value Analysis

The industry’s ongoing transition from fee-for-service to value-based healthcare requires that hospitals be more clinically focused and fiscally responsible than ever before. This, too, has created a shift from supply chain- to evidence-based purchasing. But how do organizations go about maturing their value analysis program to achieve increasingly greater process rigor, transparency and physician engagement? […]

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Pint-sized Patients, Full-sized Care

Children’s hospitals play an important role in the healthcare delivery system, but only about 220 of them exist in the United States, or less than 5 percent of acute healthcare facilities nationwide. So when children need emergency care, parents often rely on a community hospital. How can these non-children’s hospitals meet the needs of their […]

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Clinical Data Solutions Presents Groundbreaking Research at ACC 2017

Value-based payments and the latest AMI and CABG research findings of Clinical Data Solutions (CDS) were the focal points of a dinner presentation made by HealthTrust physician advisor Aaron Kugelmass, M.D., during the American College of Cardiology’s 2017 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. While BPCI, CJR and commercial bundled payment programs were among the predominant […]

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Latest ICER Report Looks at the Value of Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the latest high-profile disease for which the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has constructed a “value framework” for assessing and comparing available drug treatments. In April, ICER issued a comprehensive, 529-page report on targeted immune modulators (TIMs) for RA that covers 14 medicines—all but two biologics, and none biosimilars. […]

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Management Matters: Physician Q&A: Felix Lee, M.D.

Felix Lee, M.D., discusses the importance of physician engagement in establishing best practices, the role of physician advisors in HealthTrust’s clinical contracting strategy, and his goals for educating and enlisting physician champions on a local level. What are some of the reasons you chose to specialize in interventional cardiology? I originally majored in the neurosciences […]

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Angio Operation

Bolstered by a Strategic Partnership, St. Francis Hospital Improves Heart Attack Outcomes

Heart attack patients in the Medicare population experience high mortality rates and generate substantial healthcare costs. In light of the upcoming Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services bundled payment mandates for heart attacks and coronary bypass surgeries, the inSight Advisory–Clinical Data Solutions team at HealthTrust is proving to be a strategic asset for hospitals wanting […]

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The Impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund launched the global Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative in 1991 “to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.” According to the Baby-Friendly USA website (, 393 U.S. hospitals and birthing centers in 49 states and […]

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ACC 2017: Late-Breaking Trial Report on Absorb III at 2 Years

Abbott Vascular continues to see challenges in the results of ongoing clinical trials for the Absorb GT1 bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS). Two-year outcomes data from ABSORB III were accompanied by an FDA “Dear Healthcare Provider” letter the morning lead investigator Stephen Ellis, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic, was making his presentation at the American College […]

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