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Hot Topics in Support Service – see what your peers are doing

After the turbulent election year of 2016 and the uncertainties caused, including the impact to healthcare, 2017 to date has shown most organizations are refocusing on decreasing costs and improving performance.  The top four trends that we are seeing with our clients at Soriant Healthcare are as follows: Laundry and Linen Management  This includes sourcing of textiles, processing laundry and the distribution and management of linens within a facility. The primary driver of laundry for 2017 has been the processing of laundry versus the distribution within a facility. Facilities want to: Decrease, if not remove, dissatisfaction with quality and service

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: blog|Comments Off on Hot Topics in Support Service – see what your peers are doing

FINALLY – Real ES Staffing Standards

Adequately staffing a Healthcare Environmental Services department is one of the most unique challenges for any EVS operation.  While regulatory agencies provide some guidance to match Nurse staffing levels with patient acuity needs, EVS Departments lack regulatory guidance for staffing level needs for the vital services they provide. There are benchmarking organizations that can provide productivity standards based upon their internal data gathering; however, the challenge lies with management in determining which “compare” group is appropriate, or what “normalization” efforts they need to perform, to ensure a comparison of apples to apples. At best this could, with enough engagement from

By |September 12th, 2017|Categories: blog, Environmental Services|Comments Off on FINALLY – Real ES Staffing Standards

Hospital Risk-Based Payment Programs: How Much is Your Hospital Leaving on the Table?

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last six months, you know that healthcare remains a hot topic among both our elected officials and average Americans from all walks of life.  Controlling rising healthcare costs and improving quality for patients are concepts every American can agree on, even if we disagree on how to accomplish those goals.  Despite numerous unknowns about the future of healthcare in the U.S., one thing appears certain: pay for performance is here to stay. The historic model that reimburses hospitals and providers for the quantity of care provided (the number tests and procedures,

By |August 10th, 2017|Categories: blog|Comments Off on Hospital Risk-Based Payment Programs: How Much is Your Hospital Leaving on the Table?

Healthcare Industry Faces Facility Management Candidate Crisis

Several factors coming together in today’s Healthcare / Hospital  Environment are illuminating a growing concern for the industry.  Facility Managers, who have been stalwarts in their positions for many years are beginning to reach retirement age and the industry is experiencing a void  in candidates prepared to step in these rolls.  In 2015 a salary survey by Health Facilities Management and the American Hospital Association Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and the Association for Healthcare Environment (AHE) identified that 44% of all those surveyed said they had no succession plan in place. The typical history of Facilities Directors comes

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Comments Off on Healthcare Industry Faces Facility Management Candidate Crisis

Hospital Vending

First a personal disclaimer:  I really dislike vending machines.  I travel a lot, in and out of facilities every week.  Vending machines never have anything I eat when I want to eat it.  They are filled with sugary and salty snacks and sugary beverages; occasionally, with the one or two healthy options of a bag of trail mix or a Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bar.  I mainly drink water and coffee, the vending coffee selection is usually limited to a Starbucks high in sugar.  I’m not a food snob but I do care what I put in my

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: blog, Vending|Comments Off on Hospital Vending

Let’s Manage the Antibiotic Misuse

Regulatory Compliance Part 2: The misuse of antibiotics in hospitals is prevalent.  It is estimated that up to 50% of antibiotic use is unnecessary or inappropriate leading to increased costs, adverse medication effects, rise in C. Difficile, and increased resistances. In June 2015, The White House organized a forum on Antibiotic Stewardship bringing together over 150 health care organizations and other stakeholders, to create and implement programs which decrease the misuse of antibiotics and the accompanying problems associated with the misuse. The Joint Commission (TJC) has developed an antimicrobial stewardship program for hospitals including critical access hospitals, nursing care centers,

By |May 24th, 2017|Categories: blog, Regulatory Compliance|Comments Off on Let’s Manage the Antibiotic Misuse

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