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Look Outside Your Organization For Opportunities To Improve Efficiency

Posted by Adam Voight on Jan 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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As the healthcare industry works to increase efficiency across the care continuum, organizations are examining processes and looking for opportunities to make improvements. For most providers, that means focusing mainly on internal processes and trying to find ways to get things running as efficiently as possible. But in addition to assessing and adjusting things internally, healthcare providers can make a lot of progress by turning their attention outward. In fact, those that make efficiency a shared goal with the other providers in their community can drive measurable healthcare improvements and cost reductions.

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Topics: operational efficiency

Certainties in a Changing Healthcare Industry

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Dec 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you have any doubt about the fact that 2017 will be another year of transformation for healthcare, just consider everything that is happening in January. Not only does MACRA’s first reporting period begin, but in the first month of 2017, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States. Both MACRA and President-elect Trump are expected to have a significant impact on the direction of healthcare in the U.S., and those two things will be in place before most people have even broken their 2017 New Year’s resolutions. Of course, as changes are introduced and healthcare evolves, there will be constants that remain.

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Topics: care coordination, operational efficiency, value-based care

Here are Some Essential MACRA Resources for Physicians

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Dec 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

MACRA is changing the way healthcare providers are reimbursed for care. If you are a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or certified registered nurse anesthetist that bills Medicare $30,000 or more annually – or you care for at least 100 Medicare patients – MACRA applies to you.

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Topics: operational efficiency, MACRA

The Connection between Healthcare Quality and Operational Efficiency

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

To combat rising costs, healthcare providers across the care continuum are focusing on efficiency and working to embed it into patient care and business practices. In doing so, many healthcare organizations are learning that sometimes the best way to drive efficiency is by improving quality.

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Topics: operational efficiency, quality improvement

Making Primary Care More Efficient

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

How can primary care be more efficient? As the healthcare industry pushes to improve efficiency across the entire care continuum, this question is top of mind for many primary care physicians and their teams. In response to heavy workloads, mounting financial pressure from new payment models, and growing patient expectations and consumerism, physicians are exploring many proven and experimental ways to improve efficiency in primary care, including:

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Topics: care coordination, operational efficiency, population health

Make Efficiency Improvements to Prepare for MIPS

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 1, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The first performance year for the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) begins in only a few short months. MIPS is one of the two pathways clinicians can take under the MACRA Quality Payment Program, and initially it is expected to be the more popular of the two options. MIPS replaces aspects of other disjointed reporting and payment programs (including the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Value Modifier Program, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program) and will attempt to blend them into something that is much more fluid. As clinicians ready their practices for MIPS they need to prepare for success in the program’s four categories: clinical quality, meaningful use, resource use, and clinical practice improvement.

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Topics: operational efficiency, MACRA, MIPS

Hospitals and Health Systems: Take Aim at Readmissions and Improve Efficiency

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Improving efficiency across every facet of healthcare is a priority for providers industrywide. There are many ways hospitals and health systems can do their part to push toward this goal. One of those ways is to reduce readmissions. After all, it takes fewer resources and less money to treat patients once rather than twice. CMS has targeted readmissions and put pressure on all healthcare providers to do more to prevent them whenever possible. Below are five things hospitals and health systems can do to keep readmissions and related costs to a minimum.

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Topics: operational efficiency

15 Questions to Ask When Planning Efficiency Improvements

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 18, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Efficiency is in high demand in the healthcare industry. Healthcare providers and organizations face constant pressure to find ways to deliver quality care more efficiently. Laws have been enacted that aim to improve efficiency, financial incentives and penalties have been put in place, too. All across the industry (and beyond) there are forces pushing and pulling providers toward efficiency. But in order to actually increase efficiency, healthcare providers need to evaluate their operations and identify opportunities for improvement.

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Topics: operational efficiency, quality improvement

Why Inter-Rater Reliability Matters & How to Do It

Posted by Revee White on Jun 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

As new payment models continue to push the demand for more and more healthcare big data, it is essential that organizations produce quality data that is complete, valid and reliable. Often, your data relies on the skills, training and commitment of your abstraction team. Data abstraction results should be validated through ongoing Inter-Rater Reliability (IRR) review to determine accuracy and completeness.

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Topics: operational efficiency, IRR, data abstraction

Lack of Care Coordination Leads to Chaos and Confusion

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We talk a lot about the importance of care coordination and operational efficiency on this blog—and with good reason. I’d like to share a presentation that has stuck in my mind since we attended the NCDR16 conference last month.

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Topics: care coordination, operational efficiency, patient experience

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