Updated Certification Requirements Seek Elevated Quality & Consistent Care The Joint Commission & The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently collaborated to revise total hip & knee replacement certification standards. Given the many uncertainties of the continuously changing industry, healthcare leaders recognize the value of distinguishing themselves from the competition—especially in a crowded, consumer-first marketplace. For C-suite leaders […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Despite an economic downturn some thought might slow demand for healthcare, the nursing shortage persists. Job openings for nurses between 2014 and 2024 are expected to increase 16%, making the profession one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. However, supply continues to significantly lag demand — with current nurse vacancies at nearly 1 […]
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 […]
How your organizational culture could be at risk Bullying goes by a lot of names and covers a broad range of actions. The Workplace Bullying Institute defines it as “repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons (the targets) by one or more perpetrators.” This abusive conduct can take the form of verbal abuse; threatening, intimidating […]
“The demand for trained pharmacy professionals has increased in past years,” according to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), “due to the rapid growth of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and the growing elderly population. The number of pharmacists in healthcare services is also growing, as pharmacists become more actively involved in drug […]
In an era when cost seems to trump care, hospitals are challenged to find new ways to extract value from operations already burdened by the need to balance census levels, mandated value-based purchasing and reduced Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. With labor typically as a hospital’s single largest cost, there is opportunity to unlock value through workforce strategies […]
American Hospital Association (AHA) Chairman Jonathan Perlin, M.D., Ph.D., MSHA, FACP, FACMI, president of the Clinical Services Group and chief medical officer at HCA, discussed his ideas for helping hospital executives handle financial and healthcare reform-related challenges.
Physicians, administrators and supply chain professionals share the same goal—improving patient care and satisfaction. However, each group often takes a different route, which can lead to disagreements, miscommunication and misunderstandings of policies and procedures.
We can’t always control the unexpected events and crises in our day, but we can learn how to manage the stress that comes with it in more constructive, positive ways. Consider the following options to help you when unforeseen events wreak havoc on those best-laid plans.