It is human nature to believe your department(s) is running well and at top efficiency. In reality, it is important to do periodic assessments with some honest “digging”. The problem is finding the bandwidth to do it! Having a “fresh-eyes” approach, based on a true analysis against like size/region, can make a world of difference.
With all the uncertainly around the survival of ACA, how that will affect who has coverage, cases continuing to migrate to the outpatient arena, and the sickest of patients accessing care in the acute care setting, many through the costliest of the ER, who has time to address how all these high pressing issues trickle
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
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
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
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
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
Regulatory Compliance Part 1: Last year, TJC announced a major overhaul to the accreditation process in an initiative called Project REFRESH. The core principles of the new accreditation process are: simplification, relevance, innovation, and transparency. Essentially, the goal of the refresh is to simplify the survey process, post survey follow-up, and recommendations so that an
In the second part of our look at health system real estate we’ll look at some additional trends health systems are facing. Moody’s Investor Services maintains a stable outlook on the nonprofit and public healthcare sector based on expected cash flow growth and patient volume moderation. Unlocking cash from real estate is an attractive vehicle
While it’s virtually impossible to predict the timeline for the transition of healthcare reimbursement from fee-for-service to value based, there is absolute certainty that the impending shift will place significant downward pressure on a provider’s financial performance. Attempts to grow lingering FFS volumes and profits cannot keep pace with the reimbursement shift to value-based reimbursements.