Boldly Forward: From the Desk of Ed Jones

It is impossible to predict how much further the SARS-CoV-2 virus may evolve from here. However, at the time of this writing, a number of experts predict—with a “cautiously optimistic” disclaimer—that the worst of it is likely behind those of us in the United States. Boldly Forward—The Future of a World Disrupted is the theme […]

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Insights Prevail: From the Desk of John Young

We are excited to be hosting live events again, including the annual HealthTrust University Conference (HTU). The HealthTrust Member Education team is working with more than 80 presenters to deliver a quality slate of education programs for member attendees who will join us July 25–27 in Nashville, Tennessee. Priority was given to this year’s theme, […]

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Facilitating an Agile & Resilient Supply Chain: From the Desk of Ed Jones

Pandemic-related supply chain disruption, inflation, Russia’s war in Ukraine, ongoing global manufacturing interruptions, increased costs for raw materials, labor and transportation challenges—all have contributed to today’s difficult landscape. The healthcare supply chain, in particular, has been disrupted in new ways, reinforcing the importance of HealthTrust’s efforts to mitigate drug and supply shortages for our members. […]

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Exploring the Shift of Care: From the Desk of John Young

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are one of the fastest-growing segments of the healthcare industry. Research from McKinsey suggests that by 2023, the ASC market is expected to grow by 6%—making it potentially a $36 billion industry. While the shift in care from hospitals to ASCs is happening at a rapid rate, it comes with a […]

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Mitigating Disruptions: From the Desk of John Young

The end of a calendar year is filled with projections and forecasts across industries for the coming year. At the time of this writing, supply disruptions and cost pressures are predicted well into 2022. Just as the global pandemic disrupted the lives of people across the world, so too has a never-before-seen impact been levied […]

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Position for Progress: From the Desk of Ed Jones

More Americans are predicted to obtain elective surgeries and routine healthcare in 2022—potentially driving medical costs up 6.5% above 2021, according to a report from the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Now more than ever, it is critical to align healthcare leaders and physicians in optimizing spend on the high-value implants used in many of […]

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The Practical Reality: From the Desk of John Young

Amid the challenges COVID-19 continues to befall, we find providers throughout the country rallying once again in response to the needs of their communities and health systems. The vast majority of reported COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. are among those who are unvaccinated. COVID-19 rates have increased throughout the country due to […]

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Recognizing Excellence & Innovation: From the Desk of Ed Jones

HealthTrust University Conference—an annual highlight of the third quarter—was held for the first time in a hybrid format. With approximately 3,000 members, exhibitors and staff joining us in person, another 1,000 members joined our education and general sessions online. I heard countless attendees express how good it felt to be back together in person again. HTU […]

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Back to Our Regular Programming

In decades past, at the end of a news soundbite that interrupted a regularly scheduled television show, an announcer would say: “And now, back to our regular programming.” That announcement feels somewhat reminiscent of our current transition to life after the pandemic. After more than a year of the world functioning on amended personal and […]

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Challenge Accepted: From the Desk of Ed Jones

Healthcare’s response to the needs forced upon us by the pandemic can be summarized as nothing short of extraordinary. I cannot think of a better theme for our conference than “Challenge Accepted” to appropriately acknowledge members across the country who answered the call, working tireless hours in both front-line and behind-the-scenes positions over the course […]

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The Risk/Resiliency Supply Chain Balance: From the Desk of Ed Jones

The benefits of bringing manufacturing closer to home was one of seven healthcare supply chain themes addressed in a white paper recently published by the Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management of the American Hospital Association. It’s a focus shared by healthcare providers across the country who felt the crippling impact of overreliance on […]

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Vaccines Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Because of timeliness and fluidity of information, I hesitated writing about the COVID-19 vaccine in a quarterly column. However, I’d be remiss to not address the importance of this topic, since news of the pandemic and its spread dominated not only hearts and minds, but also healthcare headlines for the first three quarters of 2020. […]

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Strengthening the Supply Chain

The pandemic revealed to hospitals across the country the impact of relying on foreign manufacturers to supply the vast majority of much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE). For HealthTrust, it presented an opportunity to explore U.S. diversification of some of those supplies. As we explain in “Securing the Supply Chain Closer to Home,” finding a partner […]

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New Realities, Courtesy of the Pandemic

HealthTrust University Conference, online classes, society and industry meetings, even patient visits—are you becoming acclimated to the virtual experience? Most of us have found ways to adapt. Although some aspects of medicine don’t translate perfectly in a virtual model, it’s proven to be an effective way to treat some patients during the pandemic. As the […]

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Explore Purchased Services for Additional Cost Savings

As providers across the country manage the pandemic-inspired new normal, initiatives to make up for lost revenue opportunities are paramount to help drive financial resiliency. An area often overlooked for substantial cost savings is purchased services. Annual purchased services spend for U.S. hospitals is estimated at more than $300 billion—comprising up to 45% of a […]

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Aligning Around a Post-COVID Prognosis

At the time of this writing, the majority of HealthTrust member facilities are actively resuming elective procedures and routine care, while others anticipate a potential second wave of COVID-19 cases. The toll of the pandemic remains to be seen, as does the speed at which an efficacious vaccine enters the market. Hardest hit areas of […]

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HealthTrust Honors Healthcare Systems for Excellence and Sustainability

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 5, 2020 – Five HealthTrust member organizations have been singled out for supply chain excellence and social stewardship benefitting their providers, patients and communities. Recipients of the Member Recognition Awards, the most prestigious honors presented annually by HealthTrust, were announced last evening during a segment of HealthTrust University Conference livestreamed from Nashville. […]

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Advancing Through the Aftermath

Healthcare organizations throughout the country are currently managing the delicate balance between increasing elective procedures and services while maintaining bed capacity in the event of a COVID-19 resurgence. As of this writing in early July, there was a surge across Florida, Texas and Arizona. Gating criteria proposed by the Trump administration discouraged the opening of […]

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A Battle of Epic Proportion

These are truly unprecedented times. The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on our country, our economy and our lifestyle. Unlike a natural disaster that hits hard and retreats, COVID-19 is universal—impacting every market and industry, with hospitals being the life-and-death safety net for the world’s population. This battle is of epic proportion, made […]

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Importance of Clinical Guidance

This is take-two of my column for this edition. Who knew when it was initially drafted that our 2020 Innovation Summit would have to be canceled? It’s too early to know if any global health or governmental entity could have predicted at the outset that the coronavirus (COVID-19) would reach pandemic status just 2½ months […]

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